Quotable Quotes About Nursing, June 2013

Jun 10, 2013, 9:00 AM

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

“Not a week goes by that I don’t receive at least one letter from a patient or family member grateful for the extraordinary care he or she received from a nurse. Using descriptions such as ‘tireless,’ ‘compassionate,’ ‘gentle’ and ‘efficient,’ these gifts from the heart speak volumes about a profession we celebrate throughout May that is the heart and soul of our nation’s health care delivery system. And while National Nurses Month is a time for gratitude and celebration, it is important to remember that the New Jersey nursing profession faces significant challenges that must be overcome ... Sometime this month, thank a nurse. It means much more than you realize.”

-- Robert P. Wise, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Hunterdon Healthcare, Take a Moment to Thank a Nurse During National Nurses Month, Times of Trenton, May 21, 2013

“Growing up, I thought I would become a doctor, but then I met my wife, an RN [registered nurse], and I fell in love with her—and with her career. I’m thrilled with my professional decisions; I find great joy in helping my patients recover and my students learn. I’m able to combine my love of nursing practice and education because NJNI [the New Jersey Nursing Initiative] put me on a fast track to a master’s degree in nursing ... NJNI helped me re-imagine my future. I now see myself as an emerging nurse leader and plan to enroll in a doctorate program in the fall to realize that vision.”

-- Marlin Gross, MSN, APN, NP-C, New Jersey Nursing Scholar, assistant professor, Cumberland County College and family nurse practitioner, Virtua Health Care System in Marlton, Remember What Nurses Do for Us Every Day, Daily Journal, May 15, 2013

“Trainees frequently credit their attending physicians and senior residents for teaching. This praise is deserved, but we must also acknowledge another group of people who have [been] instrumental in teaching and guiding us: the nurses. Over the last four years, I have had the honor and privilege of working with and learning from the terrific nurses at Brigham and Women’s and Mass General Hospitals. Time and time again, these nurses have saved me from making mistakes, big and small. They have taught me clinical judgment and clinical skills. They have demonstrated true patient-centered care, and shown me what it means to really listen. They have inspired me to always be vigilant and always care. In my second year of residency, my mother passed away from metastatic cancer. Before she died, she told me that she wanted to make sure I thank her nurses, because it was they who she thought really cared for her.”
-- Leana Wen, MD, emergency physician, Brigham and Women’s & Mass General Hospital, From a Young Doctor: A Tribute to Nurses, Huffington Post, May 13, 2013

“Nurses often wind up on the front lines of a crisis or may remain the unsung heroes, waiting in the wings to come to our aid. At St. Vincent’s, many other remarkable stories come to light which speak to the character and mission-inspired drive of our nurses to serve patients and the community. These are stories of nurses reaching out to the poor and underserved, cleaning and clothing one patient, taking their own time to provide an emergency cell phone for another in distress, and even arranging a wedding at the hospital complete with music and flowers, for a seriously ill patient and his fiancé. There are many more stories that could be told and many more yet to unfold.”

-- Dale Danowski, MBA, RN, senior vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Nursing: A Life, Not Just a Job, Connecticut Post, May 9, 2013

“Virginia’s participation [in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action] is, indeed, terrific news for the more than 104,000 registered nurses who call Virginia home. But it is also beneficial for everyone in the state, because we all rely on the health care system and we all need quality, accessible, affordable care ... We already had one major victory: removing barriers to practice for APRNs in our state. That work was done in partnership with the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and the Medical Society of Virginia, and will translate into better access to care for residents who urgently need it, including those in rural and underserved communities. We also are proud that we developed a forecasting model. Hospitals around the state are using it to determine the number of nurses they will need to hire or educate by 2020 to meet the IOM [Institute of Medicine] recommendation that 80 percent of nurses at their institutions have Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.”

-- Shirley Gibson, MSHA, RN, FACHE, co-lead, Virginia Action Coalition, and associate vice president of nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, New Partnerships, Better Health Outcomes, Times Dispatch, May 8, 2013

“As nurses we interact and intersect with people at their most vulnerable times, times of pain, birth, death, sadness, grief and suffering. This is a sacred place—we cannot forget that ... Evidence-based practice is what distinguishes us as a profession, as a discipline. The part of nursing practice that is less well defined, less visible potentially and less able to be quantified is how we react to one another based on our shared humanity ... We will use evidence-based practice to provide excellent clinical care, we will use our leadership and our voices to demand healthcare as a human right regardless of where you were born, how much money you have, what color you are or what gender you are. We will treat people with dignity, respect and compassion. We will work in the shadows and bring in the light.”

-- Shelia Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow and chief nursing officer, Partners In Health, Reflections on a Nursing Journey, Huffington Post, May 6, 2013

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