Madame Pomfrey: Why she is the cause of, and the cure for, the current global nursing shortage
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Madame Pomfrey: Why she is the cause of, and the cure for, the current global nursing shortage



How does the image of nurses presented by the media effect nurses. This presentation discusses Madam Pomfrey from the Harry Potter series to uncover the stereotypes the media has placed on nurses and ...

How does the image of nurses presented by the media effect nurses. This presentation discusses Madam Pomfrey from the Harry Potter series to uncover the stereotypes the media has placed on nurses and nursing.



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  • Poppy is the source of opium used in heroin and morphine.Ironic because there seems to be no pain control in the magical worldCOS -7-173 The Rogue Bludger-- You’re in for a rough night,” she said, pouring out a steaming beakerful and handing it to him. “Regrowing bones is a nasty business.”… And Harry was left alone with nothing to distract him from the stabbing pains in his limp arm.OoTP - 38-846: The second war begins - Re HG: HG winched slightly and put a hand to her ribs…….Pomfrey – Similar to Comfrey, a medicinal herb used to treat a wide variety of uses but is toxic to the liver
  • POA-18-357-Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs-MP took RL to whomping willow to transform when he was a studentFirst mention : SS chapter 1, p.11 (the boy who lived). DD mention MP told him she liked his earmuffsLast Mention : DH chapter 33, p. 661 (the Prince’s tale). Treating injuredPOA- 11-227 – The Firebolt MP missing from Xmas dinner. Is she visiting relatives?HPB -19-418 - Elf Tales After a while MP came out of her office, this time wearing a thick dressing gown. It was easiest to feign sleep; HP rolled over onto this side and listened to all the curtains closing themselves as she waved her wand. The lamps dimmed, and she returned to her office; he heard the door click behind her and knew that she was off to bed….Nurse v. healer – MP has no collaboration with a primary healthcare provider. She diagnosis and treats all injures and only send the chronic spell damage pt to St. Mungo’s ie Prof McGonagall in OoTP, Tonks in OoTP, Katie Bell in HPB.Healers act like Physicians and NursesIn OoTP: Augustus Pye Changes drsg Healer on Lockhart’s unit passes out Christmas presents and is described as Motherly and sweet. Fulfilling angel role. No nurses at St Mungo’s – Are the roles combined? School nurse is a traditional British nursing role

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  • 1. Madame Pomfrey: Why she is the cause of and the cure for the current global nursing shortage
    Shirley K. Comer RN, MSN, JD.
    Governors State University
    Presented by Sigma Theta Tau – Lambda Lambda Chapter
  • 2. Overview
    Examine the conflicting portraits of Madame Pomfrey in the Harry Potter Canon
    Compare her role to established stereotypes of nursing roles in the media
    Discuss how these media portrayals have contributed to the current nursing global shortage
  • 3. Madame Pomfrey: Who is she?
    Name: Poppy Pomfrey
    Title: Nurse, Matron
  • 4. Madame Pomfrey: Who is she?
    Age: at least 40’s
    Early appearance in books
    Marital Status: Unknown
    Family: Unknown
    Residence: Sleeps in office in Hospital Wing
    Sole healthcare provider at Hogwarts
    Nurse vs. healer?
  • 5. Madame Pomfrey: Who is She?
    Described as:
    Nice but very strict
    Never asking too many questions
    When she speaks she is:
    Clucking disapprovingly
  • 6. Charactoristics
    Is universally regarded as competent
    Is obsessed with providing rest for her patients
    Takes an old-fashioned , paternalistic approach to healthcare
    Is not always allowed to control the Hospital wing
    Has a cure for the common cold
    Claps her hand to her mouth when surprised
    Protective of patients
    Uses non verbal spells easily
  • 7. Unprofessional vs. Comic Relief
    Forces treatment on patients
    Slams doors and losses temper
    Need for order sometimes compromises patient care
    Breaches confidentiality
    Threatens patient with wand
    Openly critical of peers
  • 8. Madame Pomfrey in the Films
    Portrayed by Gemma Jones
    Costume resembles early Victorian styles
    Only appears in Chamber of Secrets
  • 9. Significant Events
    Madame Pomfrey is revealed to have escorted Remus Lupin to the whomping Willow every month when he transformed
    Significant breakdown of professionalism after the dementor attack
    Madame Pomfrey is not notified that Dragons will be used for the 1st task of the Triwizard Tournament
    Weasley Family does not doubt her pronouncement that nothing can be done for Bill
    Ginny Weasley is disrespectful
  • 10. Current Global Nursing Shortage
    Projected deficit of more than 1 million nurses by 2010
    20% shortage predicted by 2020
    Due in part to fewer young people choosing nursing as a career
    Also due to baby boomer nurses retiring
    Current Faculty shortage
    Worldwide shortage
    Research has shown that medial portrayals of nurses have an adverse effect on recruiting
  • 11. Nursing Stereotypes
    The Naughty Nurse
  • 12. Nursing Stereotypes
    The BattleAxe
  • 13. Nursing Stereotypes
    The Bubble Head
  • 14. Nursing Stereotypes
    The Angel of Mercy
  • 15. Nursing Stereotypes
    The Handmaiden
  • 16. Nursing Stereotypes
    The Nurse who should have been a doctor
  • 17. Media Images of Nursing: Literature
    Charles Dickens character in Martin Chuzzlewit.
    Fat old woman
    Took snuff, red swollen nose
    Smelled of alcohol
    Nurse Pool
    Jane Austin
    Competent, gossip
    Cherry Ames
    Nursing detective series
  • 18. Media Images of Nursing: TV and Film
    Nurses are mostly absent from TV
    Leaves the impression that Physicians do all of the work
    Grey’s Anatomy Did you call me a nurse
    Private Practice “Midwif”
    ER firing nurses
    House yes, doctor
    House doable
    News media ignores nursing even when doing stories about nurses
  • 19. Madame Pomfrey's Image
    Madame Pomfrey is portrayed as:
    She is not portrayed as:
    The naughty nurse
    The handmaiden
    The bubble head
    The angel
    The nurse who should have been a doctor
  • 20. Consequences of Nursing Media Image
    Physicians regularly receive credit for the work of nurses and other health care professionals
    “Marcus Welby” syndrome
    Marginalizes Nursing’s contribution to healthcare
    Gives the impression that physicians are the ones to make things happen and make a difference
    Young people, who may choose nursing as a future career, gain no insight into the profession
    Encourages public to believe that physicians control nursing practice
    Encourage public to believe that nursing is not intellectual
  • 21. Why Madame Pomfrey is the cause of the Nursing Shortage
    Canon presents her in a conflicted way
    Nice but strict
    Caring but harsh
    Trusted but not always respected
    Competent but sometimes unprofessional
    Willing to occasionally look the other way but a control freak
    Conflicting portrayals rob her of status and leave her open to ridicule
  • 22. Why Madame Pomfrey is the Cure for the current Nursing Shortage
    Many young people read Harry Potter
    She is universally considered a competent practitioner
    Her ability to cure just about anything is widely admired
    Her professional status within the magical healthcare community is not subservient to a healer or physician
    Dumbledore shows great trust in her abilities
    Overall she presents a positive, if old-fashioned portrait of a caring competent nurse.
  • 23. Madame Pomfrey on Summer Vacation
    Researching the medicinal use of the Imperious curse for magical pain control and advocating for the deregulation for health care purposes.
    Researching longevity intervention in the magical world
    Inventing a potion that provides patients with just the right amount of rest
    Investigating a new charm that will seal the infirmary door to all unauthorized visitors
    Inquiring about a security Troll to assist in removing unnecessary visitors
  • 24. Questions!