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International Journal of Social Sciences and Artistic Innovations
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 IJSSAI 2022/06
Vol.2, Iss.2 : 44-51

Social Image of Nurse in Medical Dramas in Pre and Post-COVID-19 Pandemic: An Observational Study

Cinzia Gradellini1* and Alessandro Neville Ibatici2

1Qualitative Research Unit, Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale - IRCCS/Nursing Course, Università degli Studi di Modena Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2Emergency Department, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria, Modena, Italy

In multimedia, nurses are absent or often shown with any specific competence, totally far away from the actual context. Changes and evolution in the profession are not represented by the social image on the screen which strongly shows a doctor-centric clinical knowledge and responsibility. Considering the COVID-19 Pandemic brings significant media attention to medical staff, we analyze the television medical dramas before and after the Pandemic. The medical drama with the highest sharing index has been analyzed using an observational checklist, including 1) the nurse's presence and characteristics, 2) the role played within the format (main character, secondary character, and appearance) and the main character's features (when present), 3) the acting skills, 4) relationship dynamics in the work context (team and patient), 5) the impact on welfare and health and 6) the respect of the deontological aspects. The result implies that the image of nursing remains obsolete and linked to gender or subordination stereotypes. Heroes in white uniforms are presented in the news for a while, but too soon stigmatized. Therefore, it is necessary to start creating consciousness of the social image of nursing professionals to alert the media power and its related risks and, but above all, to use them as a resource of change.

Keywords:  Social information, Nurse, Pandemic, COVID-19

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Received:N/A; Revised:N/A; Accepted:N/A; Published:June 30, 2022
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Citation:Gradellini, C., & Neville, A.(2022). Social Image of Nurse in Medical Dramas in Pre and Post-COVID-19 Pandemic: An Observational Study. International Journal of Social Sciences and Artistic Innovations, 2(2), 44-51.

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