Quotable Quotes About Nursing, October 2013

Oct 2, 2013, 2:29 PM

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

“It’s not like it’s an Olympic medal or anything. But it’s definitely a huge milestone in my life … Ideally, I want to work in a hospital setting, maybe in acute care or in a trauma unit. It’s that whole team approach to medicine, nurses and doctors working together, that I find attractive. I think some of being a hockey captain, being on a team, asked to be a leader, plays into all that.  It’s where I think I can help people most.”
-- Jim Ennis, Ex-Hockey Player Starts New Life as Nurse, Boston Globe, September 22, 2013

“Recently, I cared for two patients who touched me so deeply it was impossible to maintain a professional distance. My grandfather had recently passed away, and both of these men reminded me of him … Watching them leave was like letting go of my grandfather again, but they also gave me the gifts of laughter and reminiscence, right when I needed them most.  I know that, ultimately, I am still just the nurse, and they are still just my patients. But I think it’s better for both the patients and myself if we both sometimes allow ourselves to feel something more than a professional bond. Nurses and patients move in and out of each others’ lives so quickly, but we are nonetheless changed by every encounter.  I became a nurse because I want to care for people and make a difference. Being touched in return is an added bonus.”
-- Sarah Horstmann, RN, When Nurses Bond With Their Patients, New York Times Well Blog, September 13, 2013

“This [Nurse Faculty Scholars] award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a wonderful opportunity to study practice environments of primary care nurse practitioners and the quality of patient care. Having this evidence will be essential to create productive work environments for nurse practitioners to support this primary care provider workforce and promote their ability to deliver high quality, cost-effective care.  It’s especially important in light of our aging society, a growing population of people with multiple chronic diseases, and the fact that 32 million additional people will have insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act.”
-- Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, RN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar and assistant professor, Columbia University School of Nursing

“Magnet hospitals have a strong record of providing outstanding patient care. They maintain a supportive and stimulating environment for the nursing profession. Nurses at Magnet hospitals have a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, a strong voice in patient care and the ability to bring about change in the workplace for the benefit of their patients ... A Magnet hospital needs to make a strong commitment to support nursing education … A Magnet hospital has higher than average numbers of nurses with specialty certifications, which ensure the nurse has advanced knowledge and skills, and he or she stays up to date on new research findings in his or her field. Research suggests increased numbers of BSN-prepared nurses and certified nurses lead to improved patient outcomes.”
-- Lindsay Kindelman-Lande, CMSRN, and Amy Van Cleave, CMSRN, Magnet co-champions, St. Patrick Hospital, Nurse’s Notes: Magnet Designation Reflects Highly on Hospital’s Entire Staff, Missoulian, September 3, 2013

“When the doctor decides on a plan of care and patient agrees, it doesn’t just happen. The nurse is the energy force that unifies the effort to make things happen to carry out the plan. Plus, you have to watch for many things—hydration, skin color, breathing, EKG—every action is an assessment opportunity and you may have to alter the order in which some things are done… In addition, I want to know how I can make the situation better. How can I help alleviate the family’s stress? It might just be a warm blanket. We may not always be able to cure but we can always care… It’s said that if you learn to do something you love you’ll never work a day in your life and that is so true. The work I chose became the work that chose me. I never dread getting up and going to work. I love what I do.”
-- Gail Stroud, RN, Fifty Years of Nursing Sees Many Changes, Gwinnett Citizen, September 2013

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