Quotable Quotes About Nursing, July 2013

Jul 9, 2013, 12:00 PM

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

“Nursing is something that I can do and be proud of, too. It is a job that is meaningful and important, where people are relying on you to know what you are doing ... I had already been to college, so I knew what to expect. Besides the advantage of already having a bachelor’s degree and many of the class requirements, I was an older, more mature student. I’d had those life experiences that prepare you for challenges ... When you are dealing with cardiac patients, you are giving people potent medications, you’re operating multiple types of equipment—heart pumps and ventilators, you are nursing people back to health. It’s an eye opening experience.”
-- Vic Barberousse, Wingate Graduate Returns to College at RCC to Become Nurse, Daily Journal, July 1, 2013

“After completing my PhD, I decided that a nursing education would help me get a better handle on the clinical relevance of the questions I was addressing in the lab. It is one thing to manipulate conditions in a petri dish, but when you’re dealing with human beings there are many other factors involved—their diet, their stress level, how they respond to medication. For me, the way to ensure my research translated well to patients was to become a clinician, so I could see the outcomes of the research through my patient encounters ... Ethnic health disparities cost this nation more than $6 billion per year, a staggering amount in light of the fact that many are preventable. As minority nurses we need to take a leadership role in the educational, clinical and research arenas to eliminate disparities in healthcare.”
-- Nalo Hamilton, PhD, RN, WHNP/ANP-BC, RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar, In the Spotlight: Nalo Hamilton, MinorityNurse.com, June 26, 2013

“My journey to becoming a nurse came later in my life. I don’t look at my second degree as a ‘do-over,’ I look at it as an opportunity to keep moving forward and making a difference in this world with an additional set of skills … I had a 4-month-old and a 22-month-old. I had spent a year on the fifth floor of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis sleeping on the sofa [while my husband battled cancer], and being incredibly blessed to have awesome nurses care for the both of us. It was during that experience where I made the decision to become a nurse at some point … I have come full circle in my journey.”
-- Diane Ragsdale, Nursing School Graduate Vows to Return the Blessings She Received, Commercial Appeal, June 21, 2013

“Nursing is a science just like any other field, and just like any other field we need researchers to answer questions. They’re just different questions.”
-- Connie Kartoz, MS, RN, FNP-BC, New Jersey Nursing Scholar, Mercer County Graduates of Nursing Initiative Reflect on Their Time, Look Ahead to Future, Times of Trenton, June 16, 2013

“I call nurses the reality check on boards. It’s detrimental to the quality of patient care in our country to not have nurses on the board ... As a profession, we need to [feel] passionate about protecting the safety and quality of our patients [by] serving on committees and boards. That means you have to raise your hand and say ‘I’ll do it.’ It’s a time commitment … I started small, serving as a volunteer. There are thousands of opportunities for nurses to be connected to policy-making groups where they can make a difference for patients at a committee or board level. If they don’t do it, someone else will.”
-- Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF senior adviser for nursing, Time for Nurses to Claim Greater Leadership Roles, Experts Say, AMN Healthcare, June 14, 2013

“A responsible and economically positive way to broaden the availability of health care is to allow advanced practice registered nurses [APRNs] to practice to the full extent of their education, training and certification. APRNs provide high-quality, cost-effective primary care with positive clinical outcomes and high levels of patient satisfaction… In Michigan, existing practice guidelines create barriers for advanced practice nurses to provide the care for which their education and experience prepares them and creates costly redundancies. And, highly employable advanced practice nurses, tiring of Michigan’s lack of good regulatory sense, are already leaving for states where regulation meets national nursing standards.”
-- Barbara Redman, dean, Wayne State University’s College of Nursing; Kathleen Potempa, dean, University of Michigan School of Nursing; and Mary H. Mundt, dean, Michigan State University’s College of Nursing, Nurses Can Fill the Need for Health Care Practitioners, Detroit Free Press, June 4, 2013

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