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landmark report published in 1997 painted a dismal picture of nurses and nursing in the media. The title of the report, “The Woodhull Study on Nursing and the Media: Health Care’s Invisible Partner,” says it all. The study was the brainchild of Nancy Woodhull, founding editor of USA Todaywho died of lung cancer before the study was completed. She was struck by the contradiction between the excellent nursing care she received and her observation of the minimal coverage of nurses and nursing in the media.

A working group of nearly 20 researchers analyzed health news articles published in the leading print newspapers, weeklies, and trade publications of the day for the month of September 1997. The results confirmed what Woodhull suspected: Nurses were largely absent in media coverage of health issues. Just 4 percent of quotes in newspapers and 1 percent in weekly and industry publications were attributed to nurses. They were almost never included in photos that accompanied the news articles. And nurses were mentioned in only 14 percent of the articles.

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