Magazine article American Nurse Today

New Documentary Helps Public Better Understand Nursing

Magazine article American Nurse Today

New Documentary Helps Public Better Understand Nursing

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Elevating the image of the nurse drives the work of the American Nurses Foundation. The Foundation's aspiration to show the public what excellence in nursing looks like led to its partnership with Carolyn Jones Productions to promote The American Nurse (, a documentary released in 2013. And now the Foundation wants to help disseminate her latest documentary, Defining Hope.

Defining Hope tells the story of people weighing what matters most at the most fragile junctures in life and the nurses who guide them. "This film was made possible by the thousands of nurses who donated to the Foundation," said Tim Porter-O'Grady DM, EdD, APRN, FAAN, chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors. "Like me, they know that everyone-from patients to insurers-needs a better understanding of nursing. Defining Hope captures and demonstrates the essential knowledge that nurses employ every day."

Now available on DVD

The film was released in theaters across the United States on November 1, 2017, and is now available on DVD ( A portion of the proceeds supports programs that advance expertise in palliative nursing practice at the Foundation and the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

The American Nurse also can be purchased through Diginext ( with a portion of its proceeds benefiting scholarships through the Foundation.

Real nursing to help teaching

Through the generosity of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, the Foundation has created a free set of vignettes from Defining Hope that nursing faculty, students, and clinicians can use to explore real nursing in real settings. …

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