Quotable Quotes about Nursing, January 2013

    • January 10, 2013

“I’ll just get to the point: I have never been more impressed with a single occupation than I was with the nurses who helped us before, during and after our son was born last year… because my wife had a C-section birth, she needed to spend a few extra days in the hospital to recover. And that extra time gave us plenty of time to learn from our nurses… I observed the nurses with amazement. A 12-hour shift is long, but each brought her best bedside manner to the job. I also imagined all of the different people and cultures they must work with, along with the easy-going parents and cranky babies they must see, as well as the easy-going babies and cranky parents, too.”
-- Rolf Boone, columnist, News Tribune, Nurses are a Reassuring Presence as Parenting Journey Begins, News Tribune, December 30, 2012

“When I’m a bedside nurse, I can only impact one person at a time, but if I’m good at research, I can impact countless numbers of people. Everything I do is still framed as a nurse. Everything I do in the lab has clear clinical applicability.”
-- Sharon Kozachik, ‘The American Nurse’ Book Includes Profiles of 19 Inspirational Health-Care Workers in Baltimore, Baltimore Sun, December 19, 2012

“School nurses play a huge role in the health of all our kids. There [aren’t] enough of them and I believe there should be a full-time nurse in every school. In Missoula, our nurses are spread pretty thin, and when I first found out that there wasn’t a full-time nurse at every school and that the few nurses there are had to drive to different schools all day long, I thought ‘Are you kidding me?’ Their role right now is so crucial, especially with the increase in so many special needs kids. They should have their own office, their own place to put stuff, their own place to keep stuff—just like the counselors do. They need a home base, and it’s good for the kids to have that kind of stability––it’s a health and safety factor for everyone.”
-- Gina Matosich, the mother of a student with diabetes, Missoula School Nurses Tend Students With Increasingly Complex Needs, Missoulian, December 8, 2012

“Currently, APRNs [advanced practice registered nurses] in Michigan are required to have a signed agreement with a physician who oversees their practice. While on the surface this may appear innocuous, this policy geographically ties physicians and APRNs together, contributing to geographic mal-distribution of providers—leaving rural and other areas of the state without the primary care providers they need. The current policy also essentially ties APRNs to a consulting relationship with a physician who may not know the patients as well as the APRNs do themselves. Moreover, many studies have demonstrated that APRNs’ practice is safe and high quality, and that this type of oversight is not necessary; instead, it produces costly redundancy… All providers, MDs and APRNs alike, must be able to deliver care to the full capacity of their education, training, and national certifications in order to support the needs of the public.”
-- Kathleen Potempa, dean, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Could be Valuable Asset to Michigan Health System, AnnArbor.com, December 2, 2012

“In 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released eight recommendations to improve nursing education, leadership and practice. Our school has already made significant progress on several of these recommendations, which include increasing the number of nurses nationwide with bachelor’s degrees to 80 percent by 2020; doubling the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020; and implementing nurse residency programs. As a RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, I serve as chair of the foundation’s Doctoral Advancement in Nursing Committee, which is developing an action plan to promote doctoral education. Last year, UTEP’s [The University of Texas at El Paso] School of Nursing launched the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and we look forward to graduating our first class in spring 2013.”
-- RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Elias Provencio-Vasquez, dean, School of Nursing, University of Texas at El Paso, Future is Bright for UTEP School of Nursing, El Paso Times, December 2, 2012