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Vol. LXVII, No. 13
June 19, 2015

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Heilemann To Give NINR Director’s Lecture, June 24

Dr. MarySue Heilemann will present the first 2015 NINR Director’s Lecture on June 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. In her talk, “From the Silver Screen to the Web: Portrayals of Nursing in Media,” she will discuss how nurses have been portrayed in print and visual media in the past, as well as issues related to future media representations of nursing.

Dr. MarySue Heilemann

Heilemann is an associate professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and an internationally recognized researcher and methodologist. Her NINR-funded research interventions combined multiple modalities to increase resilience among low income, second generation Latinas in the U.S. This work led Heilemann to consider the use of media in health research; her move to the city of Los Angeles brought an unexpected role consulting with Hollywood filmmakers on the creation of nurse characters.

As an innovator on the use of media in nursing science, Heilemann initiated, organized and moderated two national symposia that brought together nearly 300 scholars, filmmakers, nurses, media experts, actors, producers and writers. The symposia examined historical portrayals of nurses in print and visual media in order to gain understanding and strategize efforts to influence media portrayals of nursing for the future. Together with her collaborators, she has deepened the dialogue about the effects of media stereotypes on the profession of nursing, health care and society at large.

Following Heilemann’s lecture, the National Library of Medicine will display a special selection from the Zwerdling Postcard Collection outside of Lipsett Amphitheater. NLM recently acquired the extensive collection of postcards that depict nurses, the nursing profession and myriad cultural perceptions that surround them.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, visit

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