Quotable Quotes about Nursing, December 2009

    • December 20, 2009

“I spent a day last month shadowing hospice workers from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. With each visit to the homes of four patients whose lives were ebbing, the caring, patience, attention and expertise I observed left me wondering why all medicine is not like this—focused on the whole person, not just a disease.”

- Jane Brody, Personal Health: In Hospice, Care and Comfort as Life Wanes, New York Times, November 30, 2009

“Despite considerable financial challenges and capacity constraints, nursing schools nationwide were successful in their efforts to maintain a robust pipeline of future nurses this year. AACN applauds the efforts undertaken by schools to expand the nursing student population as well as national and state initiatives to recruit more students into nursing and enhance the education level of practicing nurses… Moving more nursing students into graduate programs is a top priority for the profession given the growing demand for more nurses to serve as teachers and researchers as well as specialty and primary care providers.”

- Fay Raines, president, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Survey: Almost 40,000 Qualified Nursing School Applicants were Turned Away in 2009, Healthcare Finance News, December 3, 2009

“Often we’re the first health care professional they’ve seen in a very long time, if at all, We’ve become more of a patient advocate. We connect them with community resources: eyeglasses, OB-GYN, dental care, family planning.”

- Lynne Morgan, Nurse, Perth Amboy High, School Nurses’ Role Expands with Increasing Demand, New Jersey Real-Time News, December 5, 2009

“Males who go into nursing certainly do have to put the stereotypes aside and realize the potential good they can do. There are benefits to being a nurse, whether they are male or female. Gender does not need to play a role at all. It is about the quality of people coming in to learn and treat—that is what makes a good nurse.”

- Paul Desmarais, instructor, University of Central Florida College of Nursing, Male Nursing Students at UCF: Profession is a Shot in the Arm, Orlando Sentinel, December 2009