100 Inspirational Nurse Quotes

100 Inspirational Nurses Quotes
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100 Inspirational Nurses Quotes

  1. “To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.” – Rawsi Williams
  2. “Caring is the essence of nursing.” – Jean Watson
  3. “The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.” – Carolyn Jarvis
  4. “Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.” – Val Saintsbury
  5. “Save one life, you’re a hero. Save a hundred lives, you’re a nurse.” – Unknown
  6. “Nurses are the heart of healthcare.” – Donna Wilk Cardillo
  7. “The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity.” – William Osler
  8. “Nursing is not just an art, it has a heart. Nursing is not just a science, but it has a conscience.” – Unknown
  9. “Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing.” – Anonymous
  10. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  11. “A nurse is one who opens the eyes of a newborn and gently closes the eyes of a dying man.” – Unknown
  12. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.” – Steve Jobs
  13. “Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital.” – Carrie Latet
  14. “Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion.” – Florence Nightingale
  15. “Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.” – Dag Hammarskjold
  16. “Nurses don’t wait until October to celebrate ‘Make a difference day’. They make a difference every day!” – Anonymous
  17. “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.” – Leo Buscaglia
  18. “Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the joy, everyday, while we are ‘just doing our jobs.'” – Christine Belle
  19. “Nurses serve their patients in the most important capacities.” – Anonymous
  20. “It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.” – Stephen Ambrose
  21. “Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring.” – Sharon Hudacek
  22. “When you’re a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” – Anonymous
  23. “The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.” – Florence Nightingale
  24. “A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope.” – Carrie Latet
  25. “Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their biggest strength and fatal flaw.” – Dr. Jean Watson
Inspirational nursing quotes
  1. “The nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life of the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the newly blind, a means of locomotion for the newborn, knowledge and confidence for the young mother, a voice for those too weak to speak, and so on.” – Virginia Henderson
  2. “Nursing encompasses an art, a humanistic orientation, a feeling for the value of the individual, and an intuitive sense of ethics, and of the appropriateness of action taken.” – Myrtle Aydelotte
  3. “Care for one…that’s love. Care for hundreds…that’s nursing.” – Unknown
  4. “Nursing is a work of heart.” – Unknown
  5. “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.” – Florence Nightingale
  7. “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
  8. “Nurses are the backbone of healthcare. Need one say more?” – Donna Wilk Cardillo
  9. “Nurses—one of the few blessings of being ill.” – Sara Moss-Wolfe
  10. “Real heroes wear scrubs.” – Unknown
  11. “Nursing is a progressive art such that to stand still is to go backward.” – Florence Nightingale
  12. “The nurse is the one who is always there for the patients, night and day.” – Jhonna DeMarzio
  13. “A good nurse makes the doctor look good.” – Anonymous
  14. “The worst thing about medicine is that one kind makes another necessary.” – Elbert Hubbard
  15. “The best nurses are excellent at acquiring knowledge and wisdom through experience.” – Judith Belmont
  16. “Nurses don’t need a cape; they need respect and fair compensation.” – Unknown
  17. “Rejoice in your work; never lose sight of the nursing leader you are now and the nursing leader you will become.” – Sue Fitzsimons
  18. “Whether a person is a male or female, a nurse is a nurse.” – Gary Veale
  19. “If love can’t cure it, nurses can.” – Unknown
  20. “Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help.” – Christina Feist-Heilmeier
  21. “Nurses quietly go about their work in a noble profession, uncelebrated soldiers toiling through the days and nights in service to the sick, the injured and the dying.” – Steve Lopez
  22. “The most efficient way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart
  23. “Nurses don’t just serve patients, they serve the family, the community, the institution, and one another.” – Anonymous
  24. “A nurse is compassion in scrubs.” – Lexie Saige
  25. “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.” – Clara Barton
Nurses Inspirational quotes
  1. “To be a nurse is to walk with God.” – Unknown
  2. “Nurses are I.V. leaguers.” – Unknown
  3. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis
  4. “Nursing is not just a job, it’s a calling.” – Anonymous
  5. “Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.” – Elizabeth Kenny
  6. “Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” – Buddha
  7. “It’s not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Teresa
  8. “Don’t wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the thing yourself.” – Sara Henderson
  9. “It is not how much you do but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Teresa
  10. “Nursing is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.” – Florence Nightingale
  11. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
  12. “Nurses are the epitome of grace under pressure.” – Unknown
  13. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli
  14. “When you’re a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” – Anonymous
  15. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  16. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale
  17. “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
  18. “Sometimes I inspire my patients; more often they inspire me.” – Unknown
  19. “It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.” – W. Edwards Deming
  20. “A nurse gives comfort, care and attention to others when they are in the most sensitive condition.” – Unknown
  21. “A good nurse makes the doctor look good.” – Anonymous
  22. “Some days, it takes all you have to keep the patient from losing their hope.” – Unknown
  23. “Nursing is a calling, a lifestyle, a way of living.” – Unknown
  24. “Nurses can take the pressure.” – Unknown
  25. “Nurses are like the unsung heroes of healthcare.” – Unknown
  26. “Being a nurse isn’t about grades, it’s about being who we are.” – Unknown
  27. “A good nurse sees the patient, not the illness.” – Unknown
  28. “To nurse is to give yourself, but if you give yourself fully, it’s also a way of receiving.” – Unknown
  29. “A nurse will always give us hope; an angel with a stethoscope.” – Terri Guillemets
  30. “No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” – Unknown
Be the best version of you
  1. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  2. “A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” – Saint Basil
  3. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  4. “Let me dedicate my life today to the care of those who come my way.” – Unknown
  5. “Nurses are angels in comfortable shoes.” – Unknown
  6. “The best nurses are excellent at acquiring knowledge and wisdom through experience.” – Judith Belmont
  7. “The biggest risk in healthcare is not taking one.” – Unknown
  8. “Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world.” – Pema Chödrön
  9. “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” – John F. Kennedy
  10. “You are strong when you know your weaknesses. You are beautiful when you appreciate your flaws. You are wise when you learn from your mistakes.” – Unknown
  11. “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Teresa
  12. “A nurse is not what you do. It is what you are… I am a nurse. It’s not what I do, it’s what I AM.” – Unknown
  13. “Nurses work with their hands and their hearts.” – Unknown
  14. “Nursing would be a dream job if there were no doctors.” – Gerhard Kocher
  15. “People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
  16. “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” – Rosa Parks
  17. “A good nurse makes all the difference.” – Unknown
  18. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein
  19. “Nurses are like buttons; they hold everything together.” – Unknown
  20. Be the Nurse you want to be -Anonymous


hope you find these quotes inspiring, whether you’re a nurse, know someone who is a nurse, or simply appreciate the invaluable role that nurses play in healthcare

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Phyllis Robinson MSN, RN is a Registered Nurse of 27 years. Phyllis is passionate about the prevention and healing of heart disease using traditional and alternative methods. She has experience in emergency room, telemetry, infusion, and critical care. Phyllis currently practices in an intensive care unit.

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