Quotable Quotes about Nursing, December 2011

    • December 18, 2011

“The public’s continued trust in nurses [as reported by an annual Gallup poll] is well-placed, and reflects an appreciation for the many ways nurses provide expert care and advocacy. Major national policy initiatives also show trust in nurses. The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Nursing recommendations call on nurses to take more leadership roles and collaborate fully with other professionals in providing essential healthcare to a growing number of people who will have greater access to services.”
—American Nurses Association President Karen A. Daley, RN, PhD, MPH, FAAN, Nurses Keep Top Spot for Honesty and Ethics in Poll Ranking Professions, American Nurses Association statement, December 13, 2011

“Primary care involves ‘first line’ services for common conditions with a comprehensive approach and coordination with other clinicians. In a recent report, the Institute of Medicine recognized nurses, the largest group of U.S. health practitioners, as key to solving our health care problems. As opposed to medical care, health care focuses not only on disease treatment, but on health promotion, disease prevention and graceful death. Nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives are competent to offer primary health care services in settings including schools, work sites, clinics and hospitals… Along with increasing personnel, we need innovative, comprehensive and coordinated efforts to overhaul our fragmented, expensive medical system into a strong, effective one. Nursing leaders in Wisconsin are ready to collaborate as team members with Wisconsin Hospital Association, osteopaths, public health leaders and other practitioners to improve the affordability and quality of health care services for Wisconsin citizens.”
—Diane R. Lauver, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, Letter to the Editor: Nurses Key Primary Care Practitioners, Wisconsin State Journal, December 9, 2011

“We’re excited about the 2011-2012 class [of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholarship recipients] and especially proud of the retention and on-time graduation rates of our previous scholarship recipients. It’s common to have retention rates of 80 percent or less in nursing programs, with greater attrition and lower graduation rates among underrepresented groups. However, at the [University of Tennessee Health Science Center], we have a 100 percent retention rate and 98 percent on-time progression among our New Careers in Nursing scholarship recipients.”
—Dr. Patricia Cowan, associate professor at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing, Grant to Help UTHSC Broaden Nursing Reach, Daily News, November 29, 2011

“Students at Boston Latin Academy are mourning the loss of a 12-year-old classmate who fell ill at school on Friday and died Monday from a probable case of bacterial meningitis… While outside experts are on hand to help them cope, the most consistent and comforting medical presences are the two school nurses who staff the 1,700-student school. The nurses who recognized the seriousness of the stricken girl’s symptoms quickly called for an ambulance. One of them accompanied her to the hospital. Tragically, the seventh-grader succumbed to the infection. But the quick work by the nurses allowed city health officials to assess the situation, identify students who may have been in close contact with the girl, and refer them to their own doctors for preventive treatment with antibiotics… [T]he meningitis threat in Boston has been contained. This is in no small way a testament to the vigilance of school nurses at Boston Latin Academy.”
—Boston Globe editorial board, School Nurses Show Their Skills, Boston Globe, November 23, 2011

“A lot of people are unaware they can ask for home health care. If they are homebound and have need for a skilled service on an intermittent basis with a physician’s orders, [visiting nurses] can go… Nurses have always have been and continue to be one of the key players in the whole health care continuum. They can be the physician’s eyes and ears and hands, and are in every setting we have… Nurses and therapists are really the ones who get to get that feedback to the physicians and are very, very important cogs in this big wheel we call health care.”
Richard Roberson, CEO and president of the Visiting Nurse Association, Nurse Serves 42 Years in Association’s 120-Year History, Kansas City Nursing News, November 23, 2011