Quotable Quotes About Nursing, March 2014

Mar 12, 2014, 1:00 PM

This is part of the March 2014 issue of Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge.

“There has been tremendous growth in the nurse-managed health clinics, especially prior to the Affordable Care Act implementation, but certainly also now. I would go as far [as] to say that we won’t have a successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act if we don’t utilize nurse practitioners in primary care roles.”
--Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, CEO, National Nursing Centers Consortium, Nurse-Led Clinics: No Doctors Required, Marketplace Healthcare, March 5, 2014

“A lack of representative educators may send a signal to potential students that nursing does not value diversity. Students looking for academic role models to encourage and enrich their learning are often frustrated in their attempts to find mentors and a community of support. Clearly, we have a mandate to support and encourage nurses from minority groups in their quest to seek advanced degrees and to assume leadership roles in nursing education.”
--Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, president, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Diversity in Nursing Education, Advance for Nurses, February 26, 2014

“The question for every nurse and every hospital board is how you go about promoting transformational change in which the emphasis is not on transitory, isolated performance improvements by individuals, but on sustained, assimilated, comprehensive change of the whole ... this report offers one answer: nurse leaders knowledgeable about how information technology can help redesign practices so that they are standardized, evidence-based and clinically integrated, and reinforce the values of a caring culture.”
--Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN, author of The Growth and Development of Nurse Leaders, TIGER Releases Study Aimed at Enhancing Nursing Informatics Education, Advanced Healthcare Network for Nurses, February 24, 2014

“Assaults on emergency nurses have lasting impacts on the nurses and the ability of emergency care facilities to provide quality care. More than 70 percent of emergency nurses reported physical or verbal assaults by patients or visitors while they were providing care. As a result, we lose experienced and dedicated nurses to physical or psychological trauma for days or sometimes permanently. Health care organizations have a responsibility to nurses and the public to provide a safe and secure environment.”
--Deena Brecher, RN, MSN, APN, president, Emergency Nurses Association, Study Pinpoints Issues that Leave ED Nurses Vulnerable, Nurse.com, February 9, 2014

“Nurses and doctors have different kinds of work, but there’s a lot of overlap. Yet, we still culturally associate the ‘doctoring’ with masculinity and the ‘nursing’ with femininity. The distinction between ‘caring’ and ‘curing’ is a gendered one, and it is part of what maintains existing occupational segregation in health care. Indeed, research on occupational gender segregation finds that it persists less because we simply believe men are better than women (stronger, more competent, capable of more complex thinking, etc.) and more because of our beliefs that women and men simply have different natural interests and aptitudes. This is why male nurses are the butt of so many jokes in our culture. ‘Male nurse’ sounds like an oxymoron (like ‘jumbo shrimp,’ a ‘just war,’ or my personal favorite, ‘graduate student’). So, recruiting more men into nursing or more women into astrophysics is difficult work because it challenges a strong cultural bias against their entry.”
--Tristan Bridges, PhD, assistant professor, College at Brockport, State University of New York, Taking the ‘Care’ out of Care Work? Men in Nursing, Huffington Post, February 12, 2014

“We first have some education to do with physicians about the role of nurse practitioners and physicians assistants. I have some physicians raising their hand to work with a nurse practitioner. I have some who say ‘No way,’ and many more who are on the fence or just curious.”
--Joni  McElroy, RN, MHSA, chief operating officer, Mercy Health, Expanded Roles May Ease Doctor Shortfall, Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal, February 9, 2014

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