Quotable Quotes about Nursing, June 2011

    • June 28, 2011


“For me, I take this honor for my brothers and sisters—the ones before me, and the ones that are going to be after me. To be honored as a nurse in the nurse corps is even more important because I don’t think nurses get recognized like they should for all of the work that we do for soldiers.”
—Colonel Theresa Mercado-Sconzo, on being inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, Pleasantville Army Nurse Inducted Into State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, Journal News, June 15, 2011

“I look at it like a double helix. When the economy is up, the nursing supply goes down. And when the economy tanks, the supply goes back up. What we’re seeing right now is an aging of the workforce. Many nurses in their 50s are going to be retiring soon... There is a silver tsunami of retirements coming. You can’t delay retirement forever... When we don’t have enough nurses, we close beds. There’s less access to health care for the public. We can’t put a patient in a hospital bed if we don’t have the nurses to take care of him.”
—Karen Haller, vice president of nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital, With Nurse Shortage Looming, America Needs Shot in the Arm, Washington Times, June 6, 2011

“A national shortage of nursing faculty is a major bottleneck to training more nurses at all levels of preparation. Schools of nursing and practice partners need to work together to allow experienced clinicians to function as clinical instructors. Schools of nursing also need to create seamless transitions for nurses who want to obtain advanced degrees. Partnerships between community colleges and four-year colleges/universities could create shared curriculums for the BSN... Despite the challenges, there are several steps that educators and employers can take to help Iowa’s nursing workforce continue to excel in a constantly evolving health care landscape... Together, we can ensure that Iowa’s nursing workforce is robust and delivers care safely, effectively and compassionately in all health care settings.”
—Rita A. Frantz, dean of the University of Iowa College of Nursing, and Ann Williamson, associate vice president and chief nursing officer at University of Iowa Hospitals, More Iowa Nurses With Higher Degrees Needed For Future, Des Moines Register, June 5, 2011

“The entertainment industry today continues to portray nurses in the same stereotypical or confusing ways as they did two decades ago: as order-takers, naughty nurses, or dark characters plagued by moral and ethical imbalance. As someone who interacts with thousands of professional nurses each year, I see a very different kind of nurse—someone who is highly skilled, professional, well-respected, kind, hard-working and, today, on the cutting edge of clinical and scientific research innovation. These nurses are clinicians versed in symptom management and holistic care. Surely it is time for the entertainment media to step up to the challenge and more accurately portray the amazing roles played by 21st century nurses.”
—Courtney H. Lyder, dean and professor of the UCLA School of Nursing, Image Could Use a Booster Shot, Los Angeles Business Journal, May 16, 2011

“Across the nation and here in Rapid City, as health care professionals actively engaged in direct patient care, nurses are positioned to provide leadership in health care. This includes developing systems to reduce medical errors, improving quality, providing better care coordination, increasing access to care, promoting health, and averting workforce shortages. In order to prevent disease, provide chronic care management to an aging, sicker, and more diverse population, and offer end-of-life care that emphasizes comfort and compassion, nurses must be fully empowered to make the changes necessary to improve ineffectual systems... Under the [Robert Wood Johnson Foundation] Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future program, we are developing innovative ways to help our nursing workforce prepare to meet the demands here.”
—Rita Haxton, R.N., M.S.N., Rapid City, South Dakota, Regional Hospital’s Vice President of Patient Care, May an Opportune Time to Thank Nurses For All They Do, Rapid City Journal, May 21, 2011