Quotable Quotes About Nursing, September 2013

Sep 4, 2013, 9:00 AM

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

“When Malia and Sasha were being born, we spent 90 percent of the time with the nurses and 10 percent with the OB/GYN. When my grandmother got sick and was passing away at the end, it was nurses who were caring for her in an incredibly compassionate but also professional way. And you’re absolutely right that one of the keys to reducing our health care costs overall is recognizing the incredible value of advanced practice nurses and giving them more responsibilities because there’s a lot of stuff they can do in a way that, frankly, is cheaper than having a doctor do it, but the outcomes are just as good … we have to upgrade a little bit the schools of nursing and make sure that they’re properly resourced so that we have enough instructors. And, in fact, as part of the Affordable Care Act, one of the things that we thought about was how are we going to expand and improve the number of nurses and making sure that they can actually finance their educations. And so there are some special programs for nurses who are committing themselves—as well as doctors who are committing themselves—to serving in underserved communities.”
-- President Barack Obama, Remarks by the President in Town Hall at Binghamton University, WhiteHouse.gov, August 23, 2013

“One of the nurses showed me some of the babies who were close to my size when I was an infant and I was able to see the babies that were grown and ready to go home. The nurses also offered me tips on how to become a nurse, that I would go through a four-year program to get my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree, as well as training in a nursing program, and then a MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) degree… I felt so connected to the babies. It’s incredible that I was once like them … I think my visit made my hope to become a NICU nurse even greater.”
-- Samantha Konwai, high school student, Saint Peter’s Welcomes Former Preemie as She Pursues Career as Neonatal Nurse, Home News Tribune, August 19, 2013

“The health care industry is shifting toward a community-based approach to health. Community health centers, clinics and schools all play an important role in keeping the population healthy. As the health care industry focuses on prevention, the school nurse plays an even more vital role in delivering health and wellness programs to students and their families … Nurses who choose to serve in schools have the unique responsibility to care for students in the absence of their families. The academic success and vitality of the community starts at the school, and the school nurse is at the center of it all.”
-- Dr. Bonnie Saucier, president, Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Tinley Park, Ill. Campus, Back to School: School Nurses Lead Way to Healthy Year, Idaho State Journal, August 18, 2013

“Higher levels of care call for higher levels of technology and higher levels of knowledge. I can’t help the level of technology, but I can increase my knowledge. I am an RN who has obtained my associate degree of nursing. Currently, I am continuing my education to earn a bachelor’s of science in nursing … Because of the patients’ higher complexity, nurses need to complete more competencies in order to provide high-quality care. These competencies include: leadership, health policy, system improvement, research and evidence-based practice, and teamwork and collaboration … Because of the Affordable Care Act, it is necessary for health care professionals—nurses specifically—to begin to increase knowledge in order to provide the safest and highest quality of care. This is achieved by continuing education, keeping up with evidence-based practice and having differentiated practice.”
-- Danielle Baker, Letter to the Editor: Update Nurses’ Training, Kearney Hub, August 17, 2013

“Bedside nurses are the hospital’s front line, but we can’t do the first-alert part of our jobs if there aren’t enough of us on the floor. More demands for paperwork, along with increasing complexity of care, means the amount of time any one nurse has for all her patients is diminishing. And as hospitals face increasing financial pressure, nurse staffing often takes a hit, because nurses make up the biggest portion of any hospital’s labor costs … Having enough nurses is not just about dollars and cents. It’s about limiting the suffering of human beings. When hospitals have insufficient nursing staffs, patients who would have gotten better can get hurt, or worse.”
-- Theresa Brown, RN, When No One Is on Call, New York Times Opinionator blog, August 17, 2013

“I’m very excited to be a part of [the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows] program. There’s no institution more active than RWJF when it comes to addressing health disparities through the nursing profession. And those are my two loves—nursing and helping low-income families. I’m hoping the program will help me refine my skills as a nurse leader, and I’m looking forward to learning from and networking with the new and alumni Fellows. I really think nurses’ viewpoint needs to be part of the national conversation over health care. Nurses are very good at looking at the big picture for our patients, and that's a viewpoint we badly need in the health care dialogue right now.”
-- Janis Sunderhaus, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, chief executive officer, Health Partners of Western Ohio, and RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, 20 Nurse Leaders from Across United States Chosen for Prestigious National Nurse Fellowship, August 15, 2013

“All of what we’re talking about here is improving people’s lives. It’s really what we’re about. I don’t do research because I like to do research, I like to do research to improve patient care quality and safety.”
-- Janice Beitz, professor, Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing, Rutgers-Camden Blazes Trails in Nursing Education, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 1, 2013

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