Quotable Quotes about Nursing, May 2012

    • May 29, 2012

“Nursing care goes far beyond making sure the correct medicines are administered and the physician’s orders are followed. Nurses are patient advocates, first and foremost — a role that we mostly play behind the scenes. Advocating for our patients may mean finding a translator, waking up a doctor at 2 a.m., or teaching family members how to take care of their loved one. Sometimes it means consulting with a pharmacist about a drug or dosage that has been ordered, or making phone calls to find a wheelchair for a low-income patient. Nurses look at every patient and determine what he or she needs to succeed in regaining health or adjusting to a chronic disease. This is not an easy task. It takes time, a scarce resource for nurses, and appropriate education and experience to thoroughly advocate for patients... You may not see everything that nurses do at work or in the community. But rest assured, we are there, watching, asking, and demanding, if necessary, what we need to assure safe, quality patient care for you and your loved ones.”
—Jeff Breslin, president, Michigan Nurses Association, The Secret Role of Nursing, Lansing State Journal, May 11, 2012

“I believe strongly that one of the most important roles all nurses play is that of the educator and mentor for new nurses... I know from personal experience that being a mentor is immensely satisfying. When my mentees achieve their goals, that experience is every bit as exciting to me as when I achieve my own goals. I know that I have helped them aim high and that because of that, they are making a real difference in the lives and health of families, communities and our country... It’s so exciting to be where I am now—mentoring students and helping them become knowledgeable about conducting research and experts in the field of domestic violence. And I have the privilege of bringing their ideas and mine to the public policy arena... Through the research I have been able to do and the evidence I and my students and mentees have generated, I’ve been able to get several federal agencies to make a serious commitment to improving our nation’s response to violence against women.”
—Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars program, A Mentor, An Educator, A Shaper of Public Policy—A Nurse, RWJF Human Capital Blog, May 9, 2012

“We’re facing a severe shortage of primary care physicians in the nation... One of the best ways to alleviate this shortage is to expand the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), well-trained registered nurses with specialized qualifications who can make diagnoses, order tests and referrals, and write prescriptions. APRNs could provide a variety of services that primary care physicians now provide... But despite an urgent need and clear evidence that APRNs can complement and extend primary care providers’ roles—without sacrificing quality of care—nurses are only permitted to practice independently to the full extent of their training and competence in 16 states and the District of Columbia. The remaining states impose regulatory barriers that limit their scope of practice. These barriers should and can be removed.”
—John W. Rowe, MD, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Why Nurses Need More Authority, The Atlantic, May 7, 2012

“I was offered a job as a nurse in the home care setting... It is an ideal situation for educating patients. You are in a one-on-one or small-group teaching environment. You get to see how the patient functions in his/her own home... You learn that you are able to assist the patient to make one positive change in his/her life, your interaction is successful... Home care is very rewarding yet difficult at the same time. You take the patient and his/her family into your heart. You think of them even when you are not in the home... It is a wonderful profession that I hope to continue in for many more years. I am also proud that my daughter is graduating this spring with a degree in nursing.”
—Pamela S. Giewont, RN-BC, BSN, HCS-O, Letter to the Editor: Reflecting on 30 Years of Nursing, Eerie Times-News, May 4, 2012

“I’ve been working a year, and it’s been one of the hardest of my life, but I know I’m where I’m supposed to be... When I see a little progress, I get excited and there are just no words to describe how it feels when I see a patient walk out of the hospital... I consider nursing my lifelong profession, so I’ll be going back to school to get a master’s degree in some kind of nursing management or leadership. I can’t see myself doing anything but nursing. The satisfactions I get from helping patients will keep me on the job.”
—Shermekia Allen, staff nurse, long-term acute care unit, WellStar Windy Hill Hospital, Marietta, Ga., How Young Nurses are Invigorating the Profession, Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 30, 2012

“I am proud to say that nurses are viewed as capable, conscientious, and trustworthy. A poll by Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center’s School of Nursing and Center for Health Services Research in Nashville, Tennessee, showed that 95 percent of Americans overwhelmingly admire, respect, and trust nurses. And Gallup polls over the past dozen years or so consistently rank nursing as the most ethical and honest of all professions. As a nurse and a hospital administrator, it is gratifying that the public holds nurses in such high esteem; I know I do. I believe that with our experience and commitment to continuing education that we are poised to play even more significant roles in the transformation of healthcare than ever before. Do we really need to celebrate Nurses’ Week? Absolutely. Though we can probably never totally repay them for their selfless, countless deeds, we can and should extend our heartfelt thanks to nurses. Please join me in recognizing our nurses, especially during Nurses’ Week. Thank you for taking the journey that provides such an exceptional care experience for those under your watchful eyes.”
—Susan Watson, RN, MSN, NE-BC, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, Bronson Battle Creek, Do We Really Need Nurses’ Week?, Battle Creek Enquirer, April 28, 2012