Kathy Quan RN BSN PHN is the author of The Everything New Nurse Book and The Everything Guide to Careers in Health Care. Her third book, The Everything Guide to Caring for Aging Parents will be published mid 2008. She is the former Guide to Nursing at About.com and now has her own site and blog; TheNursingSite.com
and The Nursing Site Blog
. Kathy has been a home health nurse for over 30 years and resides in southern California. Kathy recently sent in her statement of support:
"The trend in health care today is to focus the responsibility for health status on the patient. In order to accomplish this, patients need education. Doctors don’t have the time or resources to adequately educate patients. And most of the time doctor’s don’t have nurses anymore for economic reasons.
Many times health care providers seem like professors of quantum physics who stand at the blackboard writing an endless equation at the speed of light while expecting their patients to follow along. The patient is much like many of those students who were lost before the end of the first sentence and too embarrassed or intimidated to let on.
And so we have the patient who thinks it’s perfectly OK to season her foods with chopped up bacon because she can no longer use salt! Or the patient who took his lanoxin like nitroglycerin (three or four at a time for 3 days until he was toxic and almost dead) because his friend told him those “little white pills” are for heart pains.
A primary role of the nurse is to educate patients, and with an Office of the National Nurse, nurses would be even more accessible to the public. Patient education and prevention of costly illnesses would take precedence. Nurses are considered among the most ethical and honest professionals. Patients trust nurses. Let’s take full advantage of that fact and promote improved outcomes and wellness. We could begin to heal the health crisis in this country!"
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Sunday, February 24, 2008