Quotable Quotes about Nursing, April 2012

New and notable quotes on hospice nursing, workplace violence, the role of advanced practice registered nurses, and more.

    • April 30, 2012

“The (baby) boomer nurses are going to exit stage left, the boomer patients are going to enter stage right, and there’s going to be this big hole. We’ve been educating nurses, doctors and pharmacists in silos, then expecting them to play well together when they get out; it’s insane.”
—Katharyn May, dean, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, New $52M UW Nursing School Building Will Allow for Expansion of Program, Wisconsin State Journal, March 17, 2012

“Advanced-practice nurses are trained not only to diagnose and treat illnesses within their scope of practice, but also in managing and negotiating health care delivery systems. They are trained in research and evidence-based practice, skills that will be instrumental in the new model of care delivery under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Additionally, advanced-practice nurses are more likely to work for underserved populations. In this regard, Nevada’s rural population and chronically mentally ill would be well-served by advanced-practice nurses… With the coming of massive changes in the way care is managed and delivered, the role of advanced-practice nurses in Nevada, particularly in mental health, should be reconsidered.”
—Mark A. Ackerman, assistant professor of mental health and psychiatry, Touro University, Letter to the Editor: Nurse Practitioners can Ease Physician Shortage, Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 17, 2012

“In December, I wrote about a nurse in Alabama who was assaulted at work. That [led] me to some remarkable nurses in this area who were willing to share similar, personal accounts of violent assault, so that a face could rise from behind the statistics. I’m going to share their stories over the next few weeks. Why? Because violence is not part of our job as nurses. We need to stand together to convey a ‘No Tolerance Policy.’”
—Lauren Auty, registered nurse and blogger, Violence Not Part of a Nurse’s Job Description, Philadelphia Inquirer PhillyRN blog, March 19, 2012

“You’re taught in nursing school to provide wellness, but in hospice your patients aren’t going to get better. That’s emotionally taxing for anyone. And I know a lot of people think home health care is an easy job, but you are completely on your own. You have to be able to handle any situation.”
—Sonia Fanguy-Clarke, Fletcher Technical Community College's nursing program, Demand for Nurses Remains Unabated, Daily Comet, March 27, 2012

“As our population is getting older and growing in size, the nursing population needs to be prepared at the highest level possible… We shouldn’t be lulled into a sense of complacency. If we don’t continue to educate and recruit more into the nursing profession, we won’t have the qualified people in place to fill the positions as they open.”
—Cynthia Bienemy, director, Louisiana Center for Nursing, Demand for Nurses Remains Unabated, Daily Comet, March 27, 2012

“Today’s nurses aren’t just caring for the sick; they’re changing our very notion of modern medicine and health care delivery. Nurses are giving TED talks, publishing scientific research, developing mobile medical applications, and actively addressing health care policy. They’re collaborating with their colleagues, from social workers and oncologists to hospital administrators and public safety personnel. The field is growing, and so are opportunities for nurse practitioners, DNP and PhD nurses, nurse educators, nurse-anesthetists, and nurse researchers… Nursing has become more complex in ways that couldn’t have been imagined a generation ago. Now there’s an imperative to be not just a great caregiver but a great innovator too. The demands of health care are calling for a new generation of thinkers who want to be agents of care innovation. It's a profession for the intellectually curious, lifelong learner.”
—Charles Tiffin, provost, Capella University, Beyond the Bedside: The Changing Role of Today's Nurses, Huffington Post, March 28, 2012

“Given the historic nature of the Supreme Court hearings [on health reform] and my own personal and professional interests in not only the case but also the implementation of the law, I found myself sitting in line at 7 pm the night before the first day of hearings, prepared to sleep on the sidewalk to secure a seat inside… To pass the hours, I spoke to several of the men and women surrounding me and I listened closely to their conversations and behaviors… When we talked, they often asked insightful questions about the [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act], including why my colleague and I, as nurses who had insurance, would care so much about the people who didn’t. They were interested in learning why this case was so important and how the law might impact them and their families… My long night of sitting paid off and I was honored to get a ticket, and with it the opportunity to go into the Supreme Court. The proceedings inside demonstrated the gravity of the issue being considered. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and the Supreme Court lives up to its grandeur and dignity. However, sitting in line was one of the most profound experiences of my life. It drove home the reason I work so hard for equal access to health care and why that fight is so important.”
—Lauri Lineweaver, second-year fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico, An RWJF Scholar Shares Lessons Learned—Inside and Outside the Courtroom—When the U.S. Supreme Court Considered Health Reform, RWJF Human Capital Blog, April 2, 2012