Making Nursing Documentaries with Lisa Frank and Carolyn Jones: Ep 20

Get ready for yet another Mastering Nursing episode! This week, we were so fortunate to have two fantastic guests on the show to talk about documentaries they created on healthcare and nursing. Carolyn Jones and Lisa Frank joined Nurse Keith to detail their experiences making the films Defining Hope and The American Nurse and cover what they learned about nursing, nurses, and healthcare in the process.

Carolyn Jones is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who specializes in telling stories that shed light on issues of global concern. As a documentary producer and as Director of Programs and Production for the 100 People Foundation, Lisa Frank oversees the planning, execution, and delivery of groundbreaking creative projects, from award-winning documentary films to corporate video content to short documentaries on global issues for students worldwide.

What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • How two documentary filmmakers discovered that the nursing profession is misunderstood and in need of accurate cinematic representation.
  • That Carolyn and Lisa’s new film, “Defining Hope”, is screening on PBS stations around the country, educating and enlightening Americans about death, dying, and the role of nurses in that process.
  • That Carolyn and Lisa’s new film project focuses entirely on emergency room nurses around the United States.
  • That The 100 People Foundation is Carolyn’s and Lisa’s non-profit dedicated to educating people about our global civilization and the varying lives we live on every continent. .
  • Plus so much more!

Featured on the Show:

Defining Hope – At a Glance

“Filmmaker Carolyn Jones spent four years interviewing and photographing nurses for the groundbreaking American Nurse book and film, and another year of research and interviews focused on what Dying in America looks like, all of which has led her to making this new film, the culmination of a journey, called Defining Hope.

Defining Hope is a story about people weighing what matters most at the most fragile junctures in life, and the nurses who guide them. It’s a documentary that follows patients with life-threatening illness as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for and how that hope evolves when life is threatened. It is optimistic and reminds us that we have choices in how we die.

This movie is critical and relevant right now, with our rapidly aging population and incalculable challenges in healthcare and end-of-life care. We aren’t dying the way we used to. We have ventilators, dialysis machines, ICUs—technologies that can “fix” us and keep our bodies alive—which have radically changed how we make medical decisions. In our death-denying culture, no matter how sick we get, there is always “hope.” The will to live is a powerful force, and eventually we will all have to make individual decisions when faced with very complex choices.

The film was released in November 2017, in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. It went on to screen over 150 times in both theatrical and community settings and in the Spring of 2018 it aired on 977 PBS stations nationwide.”

Nursing Organization of the Week: The Society for Vascular Nursing

Nursing isn’t just about providing care, it’s also about the community. Nurses who work together help drive the field forward and provide support, encouragement, and so much more for nurses all over the world. With that in mind, we here at the Mastering Nursing podcast want to highlight and recognize those that are doing a particularly great job of it.

We seek nominations from our listeners and other passionate nurses, and then decide on award winners each episode. If you have any nursing organization you think should be highlighted, don’t hesitate to reach out via e-mail (or social media message) and let us know!

This week, we’re so happy to award the The Society for Vascular Nursing.

The Society for Vascular Nursing was founded in 1982, with the initial meeting in June at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, to discuss establishing a society that would officially recognize vascular nursing as a specialty. It was originally incorporated as the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing (SPVN) in 1982 and renamed the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN) in 1990.

The founding officers and Board of Trustees served to solidly validate vascular nursing as a unique specialty.
Their mission is to provide a professional community for vascular nurses focused on advancing the care of persons living with vascular disease through excellence in clinical practice, education, and research.
If you’d like to learn more about about them you can connect with them online

Congratulations to them on their award! If you’d like to learn more you can connect with them online on Facebook.

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