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


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

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