Quotable Quotes about Nursing, May 2011

    • May 23, 2011

“During National Nurses Week, we recognize the incredible contributions that nurses make to keeping America healthy. Every day, America’s nurses bring commitment, leadership, and vision to the nation’s health system. They fill many roles—as care providers, educators and researchers. There is no setting where healthcare is delivered where you won’t find a nurse… This National Nurses Week, I want to thank nurses all over the country for the critical work they do on the front lines of healthcare. Working together, we will bring better care and better health to all Americans.”
—Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sebelius Lauds Work of Nurses, Promises Help, Nurse.com, May 11, 2011

“As we observe the birthday of Florence Nightingale by honoring nurses during National Nurses Week May 6-12, we invite Florida stakeholders in health care to join the regional action coalition. Together, we can make widespread changes to health care using methods proven to save lives, restore people to health and improve efficiency in the health care system.”
—Mary Lou Brunell, M.S.N., R.N., executive director of the Florida Center for Nursing in Orlando, and Susan Towler, A.P.R., vice president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Nurses Bring Progress, News-Press, May 11, 2011

“I travel with two other women by car to Tuscaloosa, a heavily damaged city with many deaths. I arrive at a very busy shelter, which at another time and place serves as a major recreation center. It’s filled with hundreds of the most vulnerable of the city. Although the tornado hit public housing and very big houses alike, the people from the very big houses are not here. Although I’m sure they’re just as devastated, they usually have other means, so they don’t come to shelters. This is why the Red Cross is so important; they care for those in need, the most vulnerable, 24/7… and now that the volunteers of Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and other nearby areas have gone above and beyond in giving back to their neighbors, it’s people from all over the country who have come to help out.”
—Susan Hassmiller, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., RWJF senior advisor for nursing, ‘Some Pretty Bad Things’: Dispatch #2 from the Alabama Tornado Disaster, American Journal of Nursing Off the Charts blog, May 6, 2011

“We could not stand by and let a bad situation get worse. New Jersey needs more nurses and more nursing faculty. As business people, we see the imperative. A strong nurse work force can help improve employees’ health and wellness, and provide the health care and services that our workers and their families need… We are making headway already. Working with diverse partners across the state, including small and large businesses, medical centers, foundations, universities, legislators and others, we are developing innovative solutions to the nurse faculty and nursing shortages. We expect that through [the RWJF New Jersey Nursing Initiative], New Jersey can become a model for the nation.”
—Tom Bracken, president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Efforts to Reduce Shortage of Nursing Faculty Good for Business, Star-Ledger, May 6, 2011

“The outreach and dimension of good that public health nurses achieve is indispensable to recognizing a problem before it becomes an epidemic. Remember the emergency flu vaccine clinics that were set-up to stop the spread of the H1N1 virus? It is this group of nurses who are truly caregivers of a global network, enhancing and improving the quality of life for all of us. So, the next time you think of the incredible prevention and treatment of diseases we have in our country, diseases that run rampant in undeveloped nations, thank a public health nurse. Public health nurses advocate not just for the patient, but for the whole neighborhood.”
—Rita Batchley R.N., B.S.N., The Forgotten Nurses, Ventura County Star, May 2, 2011

“The [nurse] residency program really is intended to support new grads as they transition into their first professional position, usually in a hospital setting. One of the big benefits of this is to improve job satisfaction and increase retention rates within the organization and the community… We are going to experience a significant need [for nurses] in the next five to 10 years or maybe sooner. A big concern is the fact that you have an aging work force, especially at the academic programs because that’s where nurses are produced.”
—Gail Tiwa­nak, executive director of the Hawaii State Center for Nursing, Program Nurses a Need, Star Advertiser, May 2, 2011

“So often we are pulled into the middle of people’s lives, in what for them is the most tragic moment they’ve ever encountered. And nurses thrive in that situation. Why? Because... when we’re good, when we’re really doing our jobs, we’re nearly family. We recognize all that’s happening in the patient’s room. We know the reason for all the interventions and we understand the science behind the efforts to save patients. But if we’re truly good, we also know when it’s time to step back and make this tragic event bearable, meaningful and tolerable for the family… Because in the end, no one is going to thank us for hanging another med or explaining the science. But they’ll thank us for allowing them those precious few moments with their loved ones. They’ll thank us for letting them say what they needed to say or even for allowing them to say nothing at all. They’ll thank us for the opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t have had and for caring for their loved ones.”
—Kristin Sollars, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N.m., Patients Trust Nurses to be There, Kansas City Nursing News, May 1, 2011