Quotable Quotes about Nursing, March 2009

    • March 24, 2009

Saving Lives has a serious point, that the devaluation of nursing—both by overlooking nurses’ contributions to positive outcomes for patients, and more subtly by emphasizing their devotion, compassion and self-sacrifice over their lifesaving skills—discourages students from the field and contributes to a critical nursing shortage… I offer this small tribute to the nurses who kept my son alive for so long. He survived more than 40 significant surgeries… After each of them, nurses in the recovery room, in the ICU and on the pediatric floors tended to his urgent, daunting needs with skill and compassion.”

—Jerry Adler commenting on a new book, "Saving Lives," by Sandy Summers and Harry Jacobs Summers

Newsweek, March 9, 2009