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Quotable Quotes About Nursing, July 2014

Jul 10, 2014, 1:00 PM

This is part of the July 2014 issue of Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge.

“We can’t just sit back and wait for things to get created, to be made for a bigger market, to be made just for a patient like that, so we have to make and create what we need ...”
--Roxana Reyna, BSN, RNC-NIC, WCC, skin and wound care prevention specialist, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, MacGyver Nurse and Maker Nurse Program, KRISTV (Corpus Christi, TX), June 30, 2014

“Nurses make up the single largest segment of the health care workforce and spend more time delivering patient care than any other health care profession. Nursing’s unique ability to meet patient needs at the bedside and beyond puts us in a critical position to transform health care.”
--Michelle Taylor-Smith, RN, BSN, MSN, chief nursing officer, Greenville Health System, GHS to Require B.S. Degrees for Nurses, Greenville Online, June 28, 2014

“This country won’t succeed in its implementation of health care reform without more of these types of [nurse-led] clinics in underserved communities.”
--Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, FAAN, CEO, National Nursing Centers Consortium, At Paul’s Place, Partnership with Nursing School Promotes Good Health, Baltimore Sun, June 22, 2014

“...Despite talk of an impending nursing shortage over the next few years, some believe there is an even bigger crisis looming, one that stems from the very heart of the career—education. Quite simply, nursing students are not as prepared as they should be for the ‘real world of nursing and patient care. ... The decline in nursing skills didn’t happen overnight, and it will take some time to fix. A collaborative effort focusing on a combination of academic instruction and real-life applications—and a focus on both the technical as well as ‘soft’ skills—will be crucial to getting our nurses back on track and ready to properly serve the patients and families that so trust and respect them.”
--Kelly Hancock, MSN, RN, NE-BC, executive chief nursing officer, Cleveland Clinic Health System, Course Correction: Better Preparing Today’s Nurses for 21st Century Health Care Service, Health Affairs Blog, June 20, 2014

“There’s still a lot of work to do to continue to educate the uninsured about new options available under the Affordable Care Act. Too often, even people who have health insurance coverage may not be aware of new benefits, may think incorrectly that preventive services like mammograms are not covered, or may not understand why screening matters. These people need help from you to understand the range of benefits health insurance provides. We’re working very hard to strengthen the competencies NPs [nurse practitioners] will need to practice in redesigned health care systems. HRSA supports initiatives to help transform the present siloed health care system into an integrated system that reflects care coordination and team-based practices.”
--Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NPs Expand Access to Care, Educate Patients, The Clinical Advisor, June 18, 2014

“In some states, licensed nurse-practitioners are allowed to provide basic medical treatment within their sphere of competency without oversight from a doctor. In the states where most Americans live, this is illegal. But the state-to-state variation allows us to compare the quality of care provided by NPs to that provided by MDs, and it shows that NPs are just as good on objective outcome measures, and better on subjective accounts of patient satisfaction. If other states acted in line with Institute of Medicine recommendations and let their NPs practice autonomously, patients could get the cheaper health care they provide.” 
--Matthew Yglesias, BA, executive editor, Vox Media, Four Ways to Fix American Health Care that Neither Republicans Nor Democrats Will Touch, Vox, June 11, 2014

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.