Quotable Quotes About Nursing, December 2013

Dec 10, 2013, 12:00 PM

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

“Nurse practitioners, health aides, pharmacists, dietitians, psychologists and others already care for patients in numerous ways, and their roles should expand in the future. The rise of nonphysician providers will enable more team care. Skilled health aides will monitor patients at home and alert a doctor if certain medical parameters decline. Nurses will provide wound care to diabetic patients, adjust medications like blood thinners and provide the initial management of chemotherapy side effects for cancer patients. ... Policy changes will be necessary to reach the full potential of team care. That means expanding the scope of practice laws for nurse practitioners and pharmacists to allow them to provide comprehensive primary care ... Most important, we need to change medical school curriculum to provide training in team care to take full advantage of the capabilities of nonphysicians in caring for patients.”
-- Scott Gottlieb, MD, American Enterprise Institute, and Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, No, There Won’t Be a Doctor Shortage, New York Times, December 4, 2013.

“Let me put it this way, we have over 1,200 pre-nursing students. I can only take about 108 a year. In the fall, we had over 600 applicants for 44 positions. Realistically, we are turning away people with 3.6 and 3.7 GPAs. And I think that story is playing out on CSU campuses everywhere.”
-- Dwight Sweeney, PhD, California State University, San Bernardino, Nursing Students Being Turned Away Amid Faculty Shortage in Cal State System, Los Angeles Daily News, December 1, 2013

“A promised benefit of the [Affordable Care Act (ACA)] was increased efficiency in our health care system, and we’re starting to realize some savings. Unfortunately, limitations in access to nurse practitioners’ ability to care fully for patients using their full education and skill creates costly redundancies, effectively preventing delivery of primary care in many rural areas—and cheating everyone out of the value that could be realized by collaboration of all members in patient-centric, health-care teams. The addition of a national definition of [advanced practice registered nurse] practice within the ACA would have normalized standards, making it easier for nurses to practice nationally (rather than attracting them to certain states with favorable regulation, and exacerbating shortages in others).”
-- Kathleen Potempa, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Give Nurses the Responsibilities They Deserve, The Experts Blog, Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2013

“We feel it’s important to start educating the next generation of nurses in the specific health care needs of our veterans because often times they will be caring for veterans. ... We’re bringing a lot more service members back home than we have in previous conflicts. But a number of these individuals have injuries, whether they be physical, psychological or emotional injuries ... We feel nursing is absolutely key to caring for these veterans. We know nurses play a significant role in the entire continuum of care from prevention to outpatient care to hospitalization to long term care and even to end of life care. And so what we wanted to do was focus our energies in the nursing profession for we feel that nurses play a critical role because they are the ones that are so frequently with the patients.”
-- Retired Brigadier General William Bester, Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program and Former Chief of the Army Nurse Corps, More Vets Now In Need of Nursing Care, Talk Radio News Service, November 11, 2013

“I felt very alone, but I could come down and talk to those nurses. They would sit and listen and let me talk and cry. There was such genuineness in them, for my son and his well-being and for me and my well-being. They wanted to take care of all of us. My a-ha moment came after being inpatient a few times: I realized I wanted to make a difference the way the nurses literally took my life from a point of hopelessness to a point where I felt we could still have a great life, that it was not the end. A month later, I enrolled in nursing school.”
-- Eleesha Hruza, Shoreview Nurse's Career Inspired by Son’s Caretakers, Pioneer Press, November 3, 2013

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