“Sometimes I inspire my patients; more often they inspire me.” — Unknown

“Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone.”

“Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help.” — Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.”

“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

“Care for one…that’s love. Care for hundreds…that’s nursing.”

“When I think about all the patients and their loved ones 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 tapestry that is my career in nursing.” — Donna Wilk Cardillo

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare

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

“Be the nurse you would want as a patient.”

“Not all angels have wings…some have scrubs.”

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”

“Nursing school. One syllabus at a time. One class at a time. One exam at a time. One clinical at a time. Keep going…”unknown

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”John Maxwell

“How many nurses does it take to screw in a lightbulb? None! They delegate it to the nursing student.”unknown

“Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” – Aristotle

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” — Art Williams

“It’s the new nurses who aren’t scared that worry me”every nursing instructor ever (and they’re right!)

“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“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, RN

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Benjamin Spock

“When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” – Unknown

“Value what you do and add value by what you do.”unknown

“Forgive yourself, you are not perfect. Show yourself grace; you are still learning. Show yourself patience; you are on a journey.”unknown

“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.”unknown

“You know you’re a nurse when your finger has gone places you never thought possible.”–unknown
“Don’t mess with me — I get paid to poke people with sharp objects.”unknown

“Nursing friendships are a different kind of love; like, ‘I’ll hold the butt cheeks while you clean the butt crack’ kind of love!”unknown

“Nurse: the first person you see after saying, ‘Hold my beer and watch this!’”unknown

“When I heard 2020 was going to be the year of the nurse, this is not what I expected…”unknown

“The 3 words most people want to hear: ‘I love you.’ The 3 words nurses want to hear: ‘Alert, Oriented, and Ambulatory.”unknown

“Being a nurse is weird: I can keep a poker face through trauma, but have a mental breakdown over losing my favorite pen.”— unknown

“3 AM: the time when you remember you forgot to chart that thing, bring that lady her water, or pass that med.”unknown

“Nursing is not for the empty of heart…nor the faint of heart. ”unknown

“To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through…that is what it is to be a nurse.” – Rawsi Williams, RN

“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.” — Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish Diplomat and Economist

“Nurses are the heart of healthcare.” – Donna Wilk Cardillo

“It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.” — Stephen Ambrose, Author

“Save one person, you’re a hero. Save hundreds, you’re a nurse.”unknown

“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.”

“BE KIND for everyone you meet is fighting a BATTLE”. Plato

“A caress, a smile, is full of meaning for one who is sick. It is a simple gesture, but encouraging, he or she feels accompanied, feels closer to being healed, feels like a person, not a number.”Pope Francis

“Nurses are always there, you care for us from the earliest years. You look after us in our happiest and saddest times. And for many, you look after us and our families at the end of our lives. Your dedication and professionalism are awe-inspiring.”Duchess Kate Middleton

“Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses….we must be learning all of our lives.”Florence Nightingale

“The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.”Florence Nightingale

“Nursing is a progressive art such that to stand still is to go backwards.”Florence Nightingale

“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.”Florence Nightingale

“The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.”Florence Nightingale

If a nurse declines to do these kinds of things for her patient, “because it is not her business,” I should say that nursing was not her calling. I have seen surgical “sisters,” women whose hands were worth to them two or three guineas a-week, down upon their knees scouring a room or hut, because they thought it otherwise not fit for their patients to go into. I am far from wishing nurses to scour. It is a waste of power. But I do say that these women had the true nurse-calling—the good of their sick first, and second only the consideration what it was their “place” to do—and that women who wait for the housemaid to do this, or for the charwoman to do that, when their patients are suffering, have not the making of a nurse in them.”Florence Nightingale

“I attribute my success to this:—I never gave or took an excuse.”Florence Nightingale

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

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.

Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation. – Aristotle

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

Knowing is not enough, we must APPLY. Willing is not enough, we must DO. Bruce Lee

CARING is the essence of NURSING. Jean Watson

Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring. Sharon Hudacek

Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. Albert Einstein

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. Duke Ellington

God appoints our graces to be NURSES to other men’s weaknesses. Henry Ward Beecher

Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worse, beats the hell out of never trying. Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy

Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible”! Audrey Hepburn

A nurse is one who opens the eyes of a newborn & gently closes the eyes of a dying man. It is indeed a high blessing to be the first and last to witness the beginning and end of life.

“Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help.” — Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN 

Do small things with great love.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. — Steve Jobs

“Sometimes I inspire my patients; more often they inspire me.” —Unknown    

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestation of strength and resolution. Kahlil Gibran

Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa