Quotable Quotes about Nursing, April 2009

    • April 23, 2009

When Sasha, our little precious pea—she got meningitis when she was 3 months old.  Very dangerous. The doctors did a terrific job but, frankly, it was the nurses that were there with us when she had to get a spinal tap, and all sorts of things that were just bringing me to tears. And we've got a problem in this country, which is we have a shortage of nurses—makes no sense, given this unemployment rate. But the reason is, is because the pay of nurses, the hours of nurses, the quality of life of nurses, the fact that nurse professors are even worse paid than the nurses themselves, so that you get these huge bottlenecks in terms of training as many nurses as we want. All these issues are part of the inefficiency of the health care system that has to be fixed. And the more we’re emphasizing primary care, preventive care, wellness—all of which will save us money in the long term—the more that we can deploy nurses as the troops on the front lines in ultimately driving down some of these health care costs. So I think it’s very important that nurses are a part of this process.”

President Barack Obama, Town Hall Meeting, March 26, 2009

“Nurses are essential partners in our health care delivery system. We cannot train and retain skilled nurses without first ensuring sufficient numbers of qualified nursing instructors.”

—Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., March 12, 2009

“If we want affordable, patient-centered health care in this country, then we have to make a renewed commitment to nurses, who carry out such important work.”

—Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, March 12, 2009

“Nurses are vital to the American health care system. Unfortunately, the United States is in the midst of a nursing shortage, making it essential to increase the training, educational opportunities, and the recruitment of nurses.”

—Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., March 25, 2009