Meet our Keynote Speaker at ANA-NY's Annual Meeting October 19-20, 2018
Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH
Sandy Summers will present “How Media Advocacy Can Save Lives” on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Albany Capital Center, Albany, NY
Sandy Summers is the Executive Director of The Truth About Nursing. Since 2001, she has led the effort to change how the world views nursing by challenging damaging media depictions of nurses.
Ms. Summers is the co-author of Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk. Her media advocacy work began when she and fellow Johns Hopkins graduate students began the movement in April 2001.
She speaks frequently on nursing's image and empowering nurses to change how they are perceived.
Ms. Summers has a master’s degrees in Nursing and Public Health from Johns Hopkins University (2002). She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southern Connecticut State University in 1984.
Prior to her graduate work, Ms. Summers practiced nursing in the emergency departments and intensive care units of some of America's major trauma centers, including San Francisco General Hospital, Charity Hospital at New Orleans, Washington Hospital Center (D.C.), Georgetown Hospital, and D.C. General Hospital. From 1994-97, Ms. Summers lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where among other jobs, she taught nursing teachers at the Central Nursing School, and undertook nursing research for the International Research Development Centre and Redd Barna (Norwegian Save the Children). She also lived and worked for a year each in New Zealand and St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.
Ms. Summers is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society, and Delta Omega, the public health honor society.
Ms. Summers lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and two children. She spent her childhood in Vernon-Rockville, Connecticut.
To learn more about Sandy Summer, visit her Website at http://www.truthaboutnursing.org.