Quotable Quotes about Nursing, July 2012

New and notable quotes on the Affordable Care Act, nurse practitioners, medical missions, and more.

    • July 23, 2012

“When I heard that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, I immediately thought of my father. He suffered mightily at the end of his life. Plagued with multiple chronic illnesses, he spent his last year in and out of hospitals. He received good hospital care, but his health deteriorated every time he left. He simply couldn’t keep track of a growing list of prescriptions, tests and doctor visits... He needed a nurse to identify reasons for his instability, design a care plan that addressed them and coordinate various care providers and services. He needed a nurse to check up on him at home. Transitional care would have eased his suffering and enabled him to live better.”
—Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF Senior Adviser for Nursing, How the Affordable Care Act Would Have Helped My Father, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog, July 12, 2012

“The nurses who helped me with my [cancer] treatment were so supportive. They were more of a friend than anything else. I want to help make other children’s lives better when they are going through treatment. They were so caring. I could tell they were there because they wanted to be. They were not there for a paycheck, they were there to help people.”
—Megan Ruud, a cancer survivor who will enter nursing school in the fall for pediatric oncology, Woods Cross Cancer Survivor Wins Scholarship to Pursue CollegeSalt Lake Tribune, July 12, 2012

“Kentucky’s nurse practitioners provide primary care services for thousands of patients across the state. A shortage of doctors places these providers—who are educated with master’s and sometimes doctoral degrees—in an important position in the state’s health care system. However, their ability to practice freely is impeded by the state’s required ‘collaborative agreement’ with a physician… Nurses comprise a qualified workforce that is willing and able to help meet Kentucky’s medical care needs. So why can’t they practice independently? …Kentucky needs to reevaluate the system of collaborative agreements between nurse practitioners and physicians—not necessarily do away with it immediately, but perhaps create standards to protect these nurses’ practices and the care they provide to some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable. Nurses provide the care that saves lives on a daily basis, and they should be allowed to do so without fear.”
Courier-Journal Editorial Board, Free Up Nurses to Provide CareCourier-Journal, July 11, 2012

“Some families walk for miles, spend all their money on a train ride to get to us [for corrective surgery for a cleft lip]… By 4 and 5 years old, these kids have teeth growing through their lips. And it’s the 15-year-olds who break my heart… I carry a small mirror in my pocket so I can pull it out and show the children what they look like after the surgeries. Yes, the conditions we live under while on the mission are less than desirable, and, yes, I’m exhausted at the end, after 12-hour days. But, how can I not go back? How? It’s impossible not to go back.”
—Lucy Mistrella Milton, a nurse who frequently goes on medical missions, Seabrook Nurse Earns Accolades for her Volunteerism, Newbury Port Daily News, July 6, 2012