Quotable Quotes About Nursing, November 2013

Nov 18, 2013, 9:00 AM

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

“Being the best is not measured by the number of accolades, positions that you hold, or amount of wealth you accumulate. When you have reached a point on your leadership journey where you can be of assistance and influence a larger sphere of individuals, organizations and society, then you are on the path to being the best.”  
-- Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, chief nursing officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and trustee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Accelerate Your Career in Nursing: A Guide to Professional Advancement and Recognition, 2013

“I worked closely with a nurse practitioner. We co-managed very complicated patients over many years. This colleague knew when someone needed to be seen to avoid an emergency room visit, to adjust an essential medication or just for reassurance. We trusted each other’s opinion and respected our own unique abilities. Being part of a team increased quality, reduced cost, and definitely improved the experience of our patients. I am sure many of my physician colleagues around the state have had similar experiences … The Green Mountain Care Board‘s inclusion of a highly qualified nurse is another indication of our commitment to respecting the abilities of all health care providers and fostering innovation.”
-- Allan Ramsay, MD, Green Mountain Care Board, Nursing in the Era of Vermont Health Care Reform, VTDigger.org, October 29, 2013

“We are nurses first so we have that compassion and the bedside manner and the way to talk to patients and the caring aspect … We look at the patient as Pam, the whole patient, as opposed to Pam—hypertension. I think I have a great rapport with my patients and I think that I help them to make better, healthier decisions. My education allows me to assess, diagnose and treat simple and complex problems and yet New York says I can't do that unless a physician looks over my shoulder. I'm trained to do it. I'm perfectly capable of doing it.”
-- Deanna Brady, nurse practitioner and vice president, Nurse Practitioner Association, Mohawk Valley Chapter, Nurse Practitioners One Solution to Doctor Shortage, Observer-Dispatch, October 27, 2013

“What has changed is the increasing number of students with chronic health conditions, including asthma, diabetes and severe allergies. All of these conditions have the potential for life-threatening emergencies. What this means for school nurses is an increasing need to train and maintain a competent team of unlicensed school personnel to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies. Another change is a welcome change. There is now a greater emphasis on prevention and wellness in health care. School nurses are identifying students at risk for both health and learning problems at an early age and are able to initiate early referrals for intervention and treatment.”
-- Carolyn Duff, president, National Association of School Nurses, School Nurses’ Duties Expand With Changing Times, USA Today, October 24, 2013

“Advanced practice registered nurses are an integral part of the solution. They provide all-inclusive, safe, patient-centered care and have completed additional graduate-level education. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of primary care services, including prescribing medications … Allowing nurse practitioners to operate independently will increase access to health care providers and expedite diagnoses, treatment and referrals, significantly improving the health of Marylanders.”
-- Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna and dean, University of Maryland School of Nursing; and Patricia Travis, PhD, RN, CCRP, past president, Maryland Nurses Association, Let Nurse Practitioners Do Their Jobs, Baltimore Sun, October 21, 2013

“Emotions can run high in a pediatric ICU setting. When I am at work, it’s about the child who is in the hospital while supporting the family. One has to put their emotions aside and focus on the ‘critical child.’ It’s never emotionally easy but it’s rewarding to make a difference … There is nothing better than seeing a critically ill patient leave the pediatric ICU with his or her family, knowing they will fully recover … The child comes first, but as a pediatric nurse, you care for the entire family. Pediatric nurses enjoy children of all ages and are eager to make a difference.”
-- Jan Supan, pediatric intensive care unit nurse, Brandon Regional Hospital, Five Questions With Pediatric Nurse Jan Supan, Tampa Tribune, October 15, 2013

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