The purpose of this article is to elucidate and discuss the importance of the phenomena social pressure and the demand for acceptance and recognition in regard to the invisibility of nurses in the debates on nursing-related issues in the public media. This lack of participation might affect both the quality of clinical nursing as well as the public expectations of the nursing profession. The basis of our discussion is The Faroe Islands, a small-scale society. Theoretically, we are inspired by Emile Durkheim’s notion of ‘social pressure’, which is characteristic of a small-scale society, and Michael Goffman’s concepts ‘frontstage’ and ‘backstage’, which refer to how human beings construct images of themselves to attempt to guide the impressions that other people will form of them. This analysis illustrates the influence of social pressure on the nurses’ inclination to participate in debates in the public media. Health care organization and absent knowledge regarding the essence of nursing care as such also affect the inclination or lack thereof of the nurses. We assume that this explanation might contribute to new knowledge in the field.