Nursing is viewed by the public as a well-respected field of work. I have heard many people say It takes a special person to be a nurse or you have such a big heart to do that, I could never do that. Their perception of what nursing is or does is based on their experiences. I feel like they may not see nursing as what it is.
The different factors that could affect the publics perception of nursing would include: past experiences, family members that are nurses, stories that have heard or read about, and tv shows that they have seen.
There are different ways to approach how you would educate the public on the professional nurses role and scope of practice within a changing health care system. I think it would be neat to have articles posted about the Professional nurses role during Nurses week each year. These articles could be up to date with the nurses cutting edge evidence-based practice and any new changes that occurred over the last year. Another way to educate the general public would be to be thorough in your nursing practice, by educating your patient and family member. Explaining what you are doing and why you are doing it, helps the patient and family member better understand the nurses role and responsibilities.