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Obama: Nurses Play Critical Role in US Healthcare

Obama: Nurses Play Critical Role in US Healthcare


March 26, 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has thrown a bouquet at the nurses of America.

Hosting the first-ever virtual Town Hall at the White House, Obama called nurses the backbone of the country’s health care system and suggested they are unappreciated.

He said that at a time when his daughter Sasha had a serious medical issue, nurses rather than physicians were doing the bulk of the work at the hospital. Obama said: “It was the nurses who were there when she had to get a spinal tap and all the things that were bringing me to tears.”

He said nurses must play a key role in setting the country’s emerging health policy and said there actually is a shortage of nurses at a time when the country is experiencing rising joblessness.

© YellowBrix 2009

  • Beautiful_lady_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    Thank you President Obama for the recognition.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 6 years ago


    I totally agree with Mojo. we need more job opputunities I graduated one year bcak still no job bec no experience. At the same everywhere they say nursing shortage. Mr President Obama you have to do something. I lost all my confidence I dont want this to happen to anybody. Please help us to generate more new grad training programs or educational opportunities.

  • Monica_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    I am hoping we can get more nurses in the work force by offering more education opportunities and the money to make it happen. I have two friends how just graduated from nursing school and can not get a job because they have no experience. Now that is not a shortage. MZnAZ

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 6 years ago


    Thanks for giving us nurses credit and it isn't a easy job Keep up the good work President

  • 100_0100_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    Nice to know that the importance of nursing is slowly beginning to be realized

  • Demetrice_029


    almost 6 years ago


    Obama is so correct, My daughter Jamie had heart surgery when she was 10 months. The nurses at Loma Linda University Medical Center were so great. They taught me child cpr, and they told me what to watch for and what to aspect the first months after her surgery. I give my hats off to the nurses in America, not just because I am one, it is because we are the backbone to the heathcare profession.

  • 501_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    Perhaps if nurses were paid more and were treated as a profession, we would not be experiencing the shortage.

  • 1230623w131_sq90_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    its about time somebody recognized noone esle has this is the first president to ever do something like this big thumbs up Obama keep up the good work.

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