U Nursing Photographs Take Top Honors in National Photojournalism Contest

U Nursing Photographs Take Top Honors in National Photojournalism Contest

May 16, 2005 6:00 PM

Six photographs of nurses caring for patients at University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics have won awards in a photojournalism contest sponsored by the American Journal of Nursing and New York Universitys Division of Nursing. The winning photographs are currently on display in New York City and will be published in the journal over the next year.

The University of Utah photographs were taken earlier this year by a team of seven photographers, known as The Documentary Group, who spent 24-hours at University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics. The photographers were given unlimited access to all areas of the hospital and captured more than 5,300 images. The photographers were not allowed to influence any of the scenes or subjects and each photographer was accompanied by a hospital representative to obtain proper consent from patients, visitors, and staff.

The project was designed capture images of what a typical day is like for nurses at a major trauma center, according to Sue Woods, R.N., chair of the hospitals Nurse Retention Council. The photographs not entered into the contest are currently on display at the hospital and will be used to help promote careers in nursing.

The seven photographers from the Documentary Group all have University of Utah ties and include: Kevin Buehler, a graduate student in finance; Steve Holtand Kamil Krzaczynski, students in the Department of Communication; Craig Denton, Jim Fisher, and Roger Tuttle of the Department of Communication faculty; and Steven Leitch, a photographer at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

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