Quotable Quotes about Nursing, February 2013

New and notable quotes on the evolution of the nursing profession, nurse leadership, male nurses, and more.

    • February 11, 2013

“We can’t continue educating the way we’re educating and be able to care for the additional 32 million people who are going to be wanting care under the new health law… The faculty shortage in nursing will force us to be more nimble and look at additional educational models. We’re going to have to use more simulation and computerized patients to give students more experience learning about complex situations. I gave my first injection into an orange, but that was the state of the art back then. Watching nursing evolve over my nearly 50 years as a nurse and nurse midwife has been very exciting. I’ve known since fourth grade that I wanted to be a nurse, and the field has never disappointed me.”
-- Colleen Conway-Welch, dean, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Longtime Dean Sees Expanding Role for Highly Trained Nurses, Chronicle of Higher Education, January 28, 2013

“Health care is a driving force in today’s economy. It is the number one reason for personal bankruptcy and consumes 17.6 percent of the gross domestic product. Every aspect of society has a vested interest in lowering costs while improving quality and access. Such a goal requires strong leadership from the largest component of health care providers—nurses… Nurses have a proven track record of billion-dollar savings while improving the health of populations. Nursing leadership is essential to produce a health care system with a capacity to provide the right care at the right time in the right place. Our region is fortunate to have an abundance of nurses with the expertise to lead teams of reform efforts. Our community could benefit by implementing the Future of Nursing [report] recommendations as a joint effort by all stakeholders.”
-- Mel Callan, family nurse practitioner, Highland Family Medicine, Nursing Leadership is Vital to the Health Care System, Rochester Business Journal, January 25, 2013

“A lot of them are new parents. We give them a complete update on their baby, what’s going on with them, the plan of care and help them with breast or bottle feeding. Some of the parents are nervous, especially with the very sick babies, and they sometimes don’t want to touch the babies because they’re afraid they might hurt them. So we have to be patient with them. We go through everything with them and encourage them. I always say that we have two patients––the baby and the parent.”
-- Andrea Gordon, registered nurse, Forrest Moyer Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, New Life At Its Most Fragile: A Day In The Life Of A NICU Nurse, Lehigh Valley Magazine, January 1, 2013

“One advantage to being a male in the NICU is that I can make fathers feel more comfortable. They feel out of place and seem relieved that there’s a guy they can talk to about what’s going on… The staff here really wants me to succeed and they have totally welcomed me. We’re a team. It’s family. I think the stigma of being a male nurse is finally diminishing. My family and friends thought nursing was a great idea for me and were totally supportive… The emotional challenges can take a toll on you, but I love being there for babies and their families. There’s nothing more rewarding than sending a baby home and knowing you helped teach his parents how to care for him. Nursing is a great career.”
-- Jamie Tinker, nurse, neonatal intensive care unit, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Real Men of Nursing, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 11, 2013