Quotable Quotes about Nursing, May 2009

    • May 28, 2009

“You’re going to see a rapid exit of nurses once the economy turns. That aging nurse who is hanging on for dear life is going to leave, retire, and there won’t be enough people to replace them.”
—Donna Policastro, executive director of the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, Providence Journal, April 23, 2009

“I still enjoy what I do. I think people who go into nursing don’t go into it for the money but go into it for a sense of altruism and wanting to help and be in a caring profession. But it’s a very high-stress, physically, intellectually and emotionally demanding job, and that’s why I think the [nurse-to-patient] ratios are so critical, so that when people go to work they are reassured that they won’t have more than five patients, or more than two in the ICU. That may be a heavy load, but it’s better than it used to be.”
—Geri Jenkins, veteran intensive care unit nurse at UC San Diego Medical Center, Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2009

“That initial contact with that victim makes such a huge difference for them. It begins their healing process from that day forward. If they have a bad encounter at a busy emergency room, and they’re left to wait for eight hours, [how] does that really leave the victim emotionally feeling?”
—Registered Nurse Nancy Healy, discussing her work as a certified sexual-assault nurse examiner at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Chicago Tribune, April 8, 2008