Quotable Quotes about Nursing, March 2013

Mar 13, 2013, 9:01 AM

This is part of the March 2013 issue of Sharing Nursing's Knowledge.

“[W]e continue to be stretched in terms of being able to fill the demand... I know, particularly in the Dayton area, there is a need for mental health nurse practitioners. We have recently partnered with the Veterans Administration to develop a pysch mental health practitioner program that will help meet the need of all our returning veterans, many of whom have depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems related to having served in a particular conflict and who are trying to re-integrate into society.”
-- Rosalie Mainous, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, dean, School of Nursing, Wright State University and RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, Wanted: Specialty Nurses, Springfield News-Sun, February 22, 2013

“We need to be keeping more data, recording our expertise and speaking up for ourselves so when people say quality of care, they will also say, quality of nursing.”
-- Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF senior adviser for nursing, Nurses Need to Pull Up a Seat at the Table, Hassmiller Says, Lund Report, February 20, 2013

“I’m intrigued by the idea of ‘safety huddles’ performed at the beginning of each shift by the award-winning nursing team at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital … The huddles help the nursing team identify risks and implement prevention strategies, such as bed alarms and risk mitigation during hourly nursing rounds. As a result, the hospital has reduced its patient falls rate by more than 50% for a unit with adults with cardiac-related diseases combined with other conditions… Nursing teamwork has been shown to be a powerful force in factors from patient safety to staff satisfaction to staffing… Remember what happens when athletes don’t play as a team? They lose the game. For nurses, the stakes are even higher.”
-- Alexandra Wilson Pecci, Why Nursing Should Be More Like Football, HealthLeaders Media, February 19, 2013

“To facilitate the transfer, a phone conversation occurs during which I formally accept transfer of the patient. Last week, I handled such a transfer request. On the other end of the phone line, relaying the clinical condition of the patient was someone who provided the most germane information and anticipated my questions before I posed them. What may be surprising to many is that the identity of my counterpart was not a physician, but a nurse practitioner… [F]or many conditions the expertise of a physician is not strictly required and an individual may be ably served by a nurse practitioner or the like. Expanded scopes of practice, in which a non-physician renders care independent of a physician, not only expand access to health care and have the potential to decrease the cost of healthcare, but also reflect a respect for the free market system.”
-- Amesh Adalja, MD, Sometimes The Best Medical Care Is Provided By Those Who Aren’t M.D.s, Forbes, February 10, 2013

“Most of my readers don’t know this, but I was an advanced practice nurse before I went to medical school… [Nurses are] smart. They know their limits. They are good [at] what they do. They will ask if they don’t know something. You don’t need neuroscience to take care of people, especially healthy people or people with chronic conditions. You don’t need a medical degree to take blood pressures, manage medication, give vaccinations, talk to someone about their depression or how sick their mom is. You don’t need a 5 year residency to diagnose an ear infection or treat a cold. You just don’t. And nurse practitioners, by their training in nursing, are much more likely to deal successfully with chronic conditions because they will talk to you and listen to you. They don’t have the same time-pressures and paperwork blizzards that the doctors have … They want to take care of you, not just fix your illness.”
-- Shirie Leng, MD, anesthesiologist, Why Your Nurse Practitioner is Your Friend, KevinMD.com, January 22, 2013

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.