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The 55 Best Quotes About Nurses

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Doctors get all the glory, but nurses are usually the people keeping us healthy when we need medical care.

We appreciate nurses so much, we put together a list of our favorite quotes honoring the nurses that dedicate their lives in service to the public’s health. Here’s to you!

Nursing is love made visible. Pat Wilson

As a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours. Unknown

Nursing Love

To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse. Rawsi Williams

Caring is the essence of nursing. Jean Watson

Nursing is a kind of mania; a fever in the blood; an incurable disease which, once contracted, cannot be got out of the system. If it was not like that, there would be no hospital nurses, for compared dispassionately with other professions, the hours are long, the work hard, and the pay inadequate to the amount of concentrated energy required. A nurse, however, does not view her profession dispassionately. It is too much a part of her. Monica Dickens

As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. Maya Angelou

Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the joy every day, while we are ‘just doing our jobs’. Christine Belle

Great Nurse

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something, and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do something that I can do. Edward Everett Hale

Nurses: one of the few blessings of being ill. Sara Moss-Wolfe

Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription. Val Saintsbury

They may forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

You’re going to be there when a lot of people are born, and when a lot of people die. In most every culture, such moments are regarded as sacred and private, made special by a divine presence. No one on Earth would be welcomed, but you’re personally invited. What an honor that is. Thom Dick

You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome. Patch Adams

My Patients Inspire Me

The nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life for the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the newly blind, a means of locomotion for the infant, the knowledge and confidence of the young mother, and a voice for those too weak to speak. Virginia Henderson

Nurses Know: The mind can only look. The heart can truly see. Carol Gino

When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don’t remember me nor I them. But I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them and they to me and those threads make up the beautiful tapestry in my mind that is my career in nursing. Donna Wilk Cardillo

We cannot all do great things, only small things with great love. Mother Teresa

The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses. Carolyn Jarvis

Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. Donna Wilk Cardillo

Nursing Is Not Boring

Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it’s awkward. When it’s uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions. Jamie Tworkowksi

A nurse’s blood type? Coffee. Rosa Rosella

A nurse is compassion in scrubs. Lexie Saige

Be patient with patients who are not patient. Unknown

It is not how much you do but how much love you put in the doing. Mother Teresa

As nurses we know suffering. We are fully aware of how precious each moment of life is. Patricia Bratianu

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon. Dag Hammarskjold

It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly. Stephen Ambrose

Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts. Florence Nightingale

Nurses are there when the last breath is taken and nurses are there when the first breath is taken. Although it is more enjoyable to celebrate the birth, it is just as important to comfort in death. Christine Bell

Never Give Up Miracles Happen

Save one life, you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, you’re a nurse. Unknown

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest. William Osler

Let me dedicate my life today to the care of those who come my way. Let me touch each one with a healing hand and the gentle art for which I stand. And then tonight when the day is done, let me rest in peace if I’ve helped just one. A Nurse’s Prayer

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food. Joseph Butler

Nursing: It’s not what you do; it’s what you are! Teresa Adame

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts. Charles Dickens

There is always that one special patient that you will remember forever. Unknown

Nursing is not for the faint of heart nor the empty of heart. Unknown

If love can’t cure it, nurses can. Unknown

Nurse — Just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate everything and soft enough to understand everyone. Unknown

A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope. Terri Guillemets

Nursing is great for so many reasons, but there is one reason that means more than any poll results, amount of money, or job security: Nurses make a difference. Brittney Wilson

Nurses are the heart of healthcare. Donna Wilk Cardillo

No matter how difficult the days may get, never forget the reason you became a nurse. Unknown

Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them. Marvin J. Ashton

Explain To A Nurse Funny

Behind every good nurse…is a hallway full of blinking call lights she just answered. Nicole Killey

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you. Mother Teresa

Nursing is not just an ART, it has a heART. Nursing is not just a SCIENCE, but it has a conSCIENCE. Unknown

Do you want to speak to the Doctor in charge, or the Nurse who really knows what is going on? Unknown

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