“Hats off to Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), on her recent call to action for nurses to take a seat at the health care reform table. In numerous polls, the public ranks nurses as among the most trusted professionals. Yet… there are many barriers to nurses gaining influence. One of the most frustrating is the perception that nurses are not important decision makers or revenue generators simply because they don’t directly bill or order procedures. If we are going to have high quality and cost effective care, nurses need to be part of the reform conversation.”
- Rachael Watman, Why Aren’t Nurses More Influential?, Health AGEnda, The John A. Hartford Foundation blog, February 4, 2010.
"Our nurses were carrying hospital provided pagers, wireless phones, separate pagers designed to alert them of critical-patient alarms. There were too many bells and beeps requiring attention—not to mention their pockets were literally overflowing with electronic devices."
- Ron Rutherford, “Huntington Hospital Upgrades Nurses’ Communications,” Pasadena Star-News, January 18, 2010.
“The life of a nurse can consist of many roles. You come in for your 12-hour shift and can be caregiver to your patient, referee for their family, and traffic controller for coordination of discharge or transfer. If you’re the charge nurse, you can also be in charge of the bed flow, assistant to physicians and resource to new nurses and new residents. Other roles include counselor, teacher and advocate, hand holder and hug giver.
Much of my career has been spent either learning or teaching. I still learn something new every day.”
- LeeAnn Haas, “Every Day of Work Offers the Nurse a Chance to Learn or to Teach: A Nurse’s Journal,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 9, 2010.