Quotable Quotes About Nursing, August 2014

Aug 11, 2014, 11:00 AM

“Wearable tech will provide nurses with virtual personal assistants that remind them of appointments and meetings, log professional conversations, maintain notes and serve up data and information in a matter of seconds. If nurses need to perform a procedure, wearable computers will remind them of specific steps and risks via links to videos or instant messages shared by nursing colleagues. Although wearable tech comes with limitations related to power, privacy, interface and connectivity, nurses will benefit from this game-changing innovation.”
-- Susan Sportsman, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAAN, director, Academic Consulting Group, a service of Elsevier, Nurses Will Reap the Benefits of Wearable Tech, AdvanceWeb.com, August 5, 2014

“Nurses save lives and deal with complications every day. It can be a very intense and stressful work environment, which is why humor and a good mood are integral to the nursing profession. As a nurse, it’s an art to keep your smile, which helps ensure an excellent connection to patients. Designing affordable space that is conducive to the work is a smart way to bring positive mood—like laughter— into the workplace.”
--Rana Zadeh, MArch, PhD, assistant professor, Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, On the Sunny Side, Nurses Dispense Better Care, Cornell Chronicle, July 31, 2014

“We need to elevate the level of nursing in all facilities. Baccalaureate grads are in fact better prepared for critical thinking and technological demands. And as we are increasing the level of illness, the complexity, the technological challenges, that really demands a nurse who can accommodate those issues.”
--Mary Lou Brunell, RN, MSN, executive director, Florida Center for Nursing and co-lead, Florida Action Coalition, FL Nursing Forecast: 50,000 Short, WUSF News, July 22, 2014

“Even though Missouri legislators are so concerned about the primary care shortage that they willingly subject their citizens to harmfully unqualified and unproven assistant physicians, they don’t see the need to remove restrictions that needlessly prevent Missouri nurses from delivering care. Indeed, Missouri imposes more restrictions on these nurses than almost any other state.”
--Leah Binder, MA, MGA, president and CEO, Leapfrog Group, Defying the AMA, Some Politicians Lower Standards for Practicing Medicine, Forbes, July 22, 2014

“We shouldn’t be using expensive professional nursing time doing unnecessary and inefficient things when that time could be reinvested in direct patient care.”
--Patricia Rutherford, RN, MS, vice president, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Nurses Shift, Aiming for More Time with Patients, Wall Street Journal, July 21, 2014

“It’s a pretty substantial change. That nurses are working longer than they used to, it’s something that people just didn’t know. No one has put quantitative numbers to it.”
--David Auerbach, PhD, MS, MS, policy researcher, RAND Corporation, Nursing Workforce Spikes Despite Projected U.S. ShortageBloomberg News, July 17, 2014

“The idea was to see if we could have nurses, who are the nation’s largest health care workforce, assume additional roles which they already do in hospitals, but they don't necessarily do that much in outpatient settings. The findings were that it was relatively safe. We didn’t really find any adverse outcomes, and it did seem to improve patient outcomes. They’re not practicing by themselves. They’re just extending the care that you might get from a physician.”
--Ryan Shaw, PhD, MSN, assistant professor, Duke University School of Nursing, Nurses Could Manage Chronic Care on Doctors’ Orders, Thomson Reuters, July 15, 2014

 “Registered nurses play a major role in educat[ing] patients, families and communities about how to prevent disease. With pertussis, we’re counting on nurses to be frontline defenders by making sure parents know about the risks of this disease to infants and the importance of being vaccinated.”
--Karen Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, former president, American Nurses Association, Nurses Play Key Role in Vaccination Success, Healthcare Traveler, July 9, 2014

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