Quotable Quotes About Nursing, June 2014

Jun 18, 2014, 11:00 AM

This is part of the June 2014 issue of Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge.

“A registered professional school nurse is the only person [who] has the education, the training, and the skill level to meet the needs of kids in the schools. It’s all about what the kids need and how can they attend schools, be healthy, and learn. Health and education go together: If a child is not healthy, he can’t learn.”

--Sue Buswell, RN, director, Montana Association of School Nurses, Philadelphia Tragedy Highlights Role of School Nurses, Education Week, June 2, 2014

“I quite frankly don’t understand how a school can function without a school nurse. They really are one of the most cost-effective, unrecognized resources in our country.”
--Anne Sheetz, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, director, school health services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, School Nurses Save, Not Cost Money, New Study Says, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 29, 2014

“And lest we forget: a heartfelt thanks to all nurses, present and past, who are or have served in the military in any capacity, in some cases losing their lives as they tried to save other lives and heal the wounded. And to their families.”
--Jacob Molyneux, BA, MFA, senior editor and blog editor, American Journal of Nursing, Memorial Day Weekend: Thanks to the Nurses Who Served, May 23, 2014

“It’s so frustrating for us to open a clinic and then we’re not able to see everybody.”
--Rose Okoro, DNP, MSN, FNP-C, nurse and owner, Daystar Family Clinic in Katy, Texas, Nurse Practitioners Look to Ease Supervision Rules, The Texas Tribune, May 18, 2014

“We have had decades with big developments that, in my view, were mostly directed at hospitals, physicians, managed care, Medicare and Medicaid. Now, reform is about the whole system: improving the delivery of care, embracing prevention, expanding health insurance coverage and, finally, reforming the way we pay for health care. The nursing profession stands to gain in each of those four areas.”
--Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of nursing and director, Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nursing in a New Light, Today Magazine, May 14     

“Minnesota legislators overwhelmingly voiced their support for the evidence surrounding nurse practitioner quality and care. ... They’ve removed a needless regulatory bottleneck that better positions the state to meet existing and future health care workforce needs. This step will quickly begin to positively impact the health of Minnesotans, and has the potential to reach underserved pockets of the state with new, flexible, coordinated care models.”
--Angela Golden, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, and Kenneth Miller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-presidents, American Association of Nurse Practitioners,  Minnesota Becomes 19th State to Provide Patients with Full and Direct Access to Nurse Practitioner Services, AANP Statement, May 13, 2014

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