Quotable Quotes about Nursing, September 2012

    • September 27, 2012

The “imbalance of existing services and growing demand becomes more severe as those in the nursing profession today near retirement over the next two decades, and our population continues to grow older. But the real problem is not a shortage of nurses in the health care field, but rather a shortage of qualified nurses teaching at nursing schools. The average age of nurses serving in faculty positions today is 57—roughly a decade away from retirement. We are well aware of the physician shortage... But rarely do we give much thought to the plight of nursing, and the significant impact a nursing shortage will have on our health care system.”
-- The Bulletin Editorial Board, Our View: Nursing Shortage a Growing Problem, The Bulletin, September 16, 2012

“The newest innovation in nursing education is the introduction of the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree. The DNP is a new practice-oriented doctoral degree designed to prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest level. This change was driven by evolving nursing roles in an increasing complex health care system, new scientific knowledge and ongoing concerns about the quality and outcomes of patient care. Keeping pace with the demands of today’s changing health care environment requires clinical experts who have the knowledge and skills to be effective and practical change agents. Graduates of DNP programs across the country are assuming clinical and leadership positions as advanced practice nurses in a variety of roles, including expert clinician, faculty, nurse executive and community leader.”
--  Lynn Babington, dean and professor of the Fairfield University School of Nursing, Nursing Programs Train Change Agents, Hartford Business Journal, September 10, 2012

“When I went to school, we practiced on each other. But I can’t pretend to have cardiac arrest or deliver a baby. With the simulators, we can have that experience. If the students don't act as they should and there is a negative outcome, we haven’t hurt a patient. It has really improved education and enhanced their ability to transfer classroom learning into the clinical environment.”
-- Katharine Gibb, interim dean of the University of South Carolina Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing, Nursing Students Learn From Life-Like Manikins, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, August 30, 2012

“Spend even a little time at a hospital, clinic, or care center, and you'll notice something: nurses make health care happen. It’s nurses who deliver the majority of hands-on care. When patients are fearful, in pain, or uncertain, they look to nurses for guidance... Nurses are natural leaders. But when it comes to leadership at the highest levels, nurses are thin on the ground... Nurses are the face, the heart, and the hands of health care. It’s time for us to be the voice, too. At nearly 3 million strong, nurses make up the largest part of the U.S. health care workforce. And because we’re in the trenches every day, we have the best view of what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to change. To help make health care work better for everyone, nurses have to take the lead.”
-- Terri Gaffney, MPA, RN, and Mary Bemker, DSN, Want To Improve Health Care? Let Nurses Take the Lead, Huffington Post, August 28, 2012

“By nature, nurses are trailblazers who are not afraid to forge a new path if it means we can provide better care to our patients. Essentially, our patients’ interests serve as the compass for everything we do. Never has this been more important than now. With healthcare transformation continuing to unfold across America, patients and their families will soon be expected to become even more involved in their care decisions and will need to ‘partner’ with nurses and other health professionals to navigate the healthcare system and ensure that they get the care they need, when they need it.”
-- Mary Jean Schumann, DNP, MBA, RN, CPNP, executive director of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care, Paving the Path to Patient Engagement, McKnight’s Long Term Care News, August 28, 2012

"Statistically, newly graduated nurses leave their first job after only eight months. You can’t attack the nursing shortage when they go into an environment where they feel unfamiliar and overwhelmed... We want to get some people out there who stick.”
-- Mary Hall, chairwoman of Methodist University’s Department of Nursing, Nursing Students Get Hands-On Practice With New Technology, Fayetteville Observer, August 27, 2012