Quotable Quotes About Nursing, April 2013

Apr 10, 2013, 9:30 AM

This is part of the April 2013 issue of Sharing Nursing's Knowledge.

“A nurse practitioner may be in your future — if he or she is not already in your present. This is a kind of super-nurse, who’s gone through four years of nursing school plus at least two more years of training in diagnosing and treating disease. Nurse practitioners may specialize in women’s health, pediatrics or cardiac care ... I went to a superb nurse practitioner for years... When I had a complaint she considered beyond her expertise, out came her pad and the name of a specialist to call. Her accessibility was a big plus... Cutting health-care costs—and making health-care services more convenient for consumers—demands moving basic medical services away from hospitals and, in many cases, doctors’ offices. Sometimes we need a doctor; sometimes we don’t. A well-trained nurse practitioner can help point us in the right direction.”
-- Froma Harrop, Nurse Practitioners Can Help Save Big Health-Care Dollars, Columbus Dispatch, March 30, 2013

“I have watched my daughter, Sam, in action several times. She has volunteered for several years during the flu shot clinics at the health department. But her finest moments were the ones taking care of her dad while he was dying.  The tenderness and careful attention she gave him was indescribable ... I imagine she gives that kind of care to all her patients. She has sat with families while they waited on their loved one to pass. She has encouraged dying people to go with confidence and poise. Going through it with her dad has given her a special love for helping the dying to die peacefully. Going the extra mile is important in any professional field. In the nursing field, it is the difference between being a nurse and being a great nurse. It just doesn’t hurt to do everything you can for a patient. And it could be the difference between life and death.  Appreciate those hard working nurses. They have tough jobs.”
-- Anita Goza, Those Hardworking Nurses, Waurika News-Democrat, March 27, 2013

“The practice of nursing is different but in no way less important than the practice of medicine. Building a house requires the participation and the collaboration of both carpenters and electricians, but neither is subservient to nor require the supervision of the other. Each had its own necessary standards, but different. This analogy with medicine and nursing is perhaps illustrative. In order to invite nurses into full and equal partnership with other healthcare professionals, the requirement that nurses have physician mentors must therefore be ended, as it is both antiquated and unreasonable. As the faculty members of the College of Nursing imply, the healthcare system requires the participation of the nursing profession as a full and equal partner in that system. All requirements of any mentorship by one profession of another must be ended.”
-- Francis J. Durgin, MD, Mentorship Program for Nurses Hampers Equality Between Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals, Post-Standard, March 25, 2013

“We’ve diagnosed breast cancer here [at Northwest Nurse Practitioner Associates], ovarian cancer, prostate cancer. We’ve seen leukemia, severe heart disease, diabetes. We’ve handled emergencies where patients were having a pulmonary embolism and had to go straight to the ER ... There’s this fallacy that nurse practitioners can only deal with simple, uncomplicated problems, and it’s just not the case.”
-- Erin Bagshaw, director, Northwest Nurse Practitioner Associates, Nurses Can Practice Without Physician Supervision in Many States, Washington Post, March 24, 2013

“Nurses who provide primary care, including nurse practitioners [NPs], are prepared in master’s and doctoral programs that are governed by rigorous accreditation standards. These practitioners must meet all licensure and certification requirements in order to provide patient services. NPs receive extensive clinical training to make quality diagnoses in an efficient manner that ensures patient safety. On average, NPs who receive their master’s degrees have spent four to five years in clinical training; those with a doctor of nursing practice degree graduate with six to seven years of clinical training. Further, nurses do not practice medicine, but they do provide essential primary-care services that are common to both nursing and medicine. To suggest that nurses are under-prepared to provide these services ignores the large and growing body of evidence confirming that care outcomes from equivalent services provided by NPs and physicians are the same ... As full implementation of the Affordable Care Act draws near, the shortage of primary-care providers—including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians—is indeed the true threat, which must be addressed collectively if we are to effectively meet patient needs.”
-- Jane Kirschling, alumna, RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program, and president, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Nurses Have Critical Role in Health Care, Orlando Sentinel, March 18, 2013

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