The image of nursing has changed and developed throughout history. One of the main causes of this change is the media’s portrayal of the profession. American culture and major historical events have also played a factor in shaping the public’s perception of professional nursing. Views of nurses also vary globally, as seen in the comparison between the popular image of Japanese and American nurses. Despite the challenging negative impressions established by the media and pop culture, nurses must adhere to a moral and ethical code, in providing the highest quality of care.
Being a nursing assistant is one of the most demanding jobs in america, says a Cornell University gerontologist. These professionals require emotional strength and interpersonal skill as they confront on-the-job suffering, dementia and mortality everyday.