Quotable Quotes about Nursing, June 2009

    • June 24, 2009

“Nursing skills are great ones to have and no one can ever take them away from you. You can change roles—even create your own—without having to completely go back and retool. And despite the recession, students who want a job will find one.”
—David Bennett, associate dean, College of Health and Human Services, Kennesaw State University, “Bright Spot: Health Care Still a Growing Field,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 3, 2009

“People see the maturity in my face and figure I can handle things. I went back to school at 53 to get my nursing degree at Kennesaw State University. I had worked as a secretary, office manager and insurance agent for 20 years, but had always wished I’d gotten my nursing degree. With the nursing shortage, it seemed like the right time. I go home every night knowing that I made a difference in someone’s life. I think this is a fabulous career and there are so many facets to it.”
—Jane Conaway, “Bright Spot: Health Care Still a Growing Field,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 3, 2009

“Small outbreaks could become much larger if it were not for public health nurses. They provide services to their communities that most Virginians never know about, filling the gap between individuals with health needs and the delivery of proper care. They often go to extraordinary lengths, including home visits, to ensure that those who are ill are receiving the tests, medication and treatment they need, when they need it, to ensure a healthy recovery.”
—Virginia Department of Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., M.B.A., “Honoring Public Health Nurses for H1N1 Response Help,” WHSV.com, May 7, 2009

“Making better use of advanced-practice registered nurses is a crucial component of health care reform. These registered nurses can help ensure that as more people gain coverage under reforms, they will have access to primary care and preventive services amid the shortage of primary care physicians. Nurse practitioners, the fastest-growing group of primary-care professionals, can relieve burdens on the health care system, provided they qualify for reimbursement under insurance plans.”
—American Nurses Association President Rebecca M. Patton, letter to the editor, New York Times, May 11, 2009

“I found that patients don’t tell you how bad they feel, how sick the medicine makes them. Now, when I talk to patients taking the same chemo I did, I tell them exactly how it’s going to be and how bad they’ll feel, but that it will help them get better.”
—Jamie White, “A Nurse’s Story of Illness and Hope is an Inspiration to Others,” Times Daily (Florence, Alabama), May 18, 2009