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Nursing in media-saturated societies: implications for cultural safety in nursing practice in Aotearoa New Zealand

R Nairn, R DeSouza, AM Barnes, J Rankine, B Borell, T McCreanor

Journal of Research in Nursing | Published : 2014


This educational piece seeks to apprise nurses and other health professionals of mass media news practices that distort social and health policy development. It focuses on two media discourses evident in White settler societies, primarily Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, drawing out implications of these media practices for those committed to social justice and health equity. The first discourse masks the dominant culture, ensuring it is not readily recognised as a culture, naturalising the dominant values, practices and institutions, and rendering their cultural foundations invisible. The second discourse represents indigenous peoples and minority ethnic groups as ‘race..

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