Inspirational Quotes About Nursing


One of the first things I learned when I started my health care career at Tripler Army Medical Center was this: "Nurses run the hospital."  That doesn't mean they were always in charge; it means nurses are the foundation of caregiving. Without nurses, the work of a hospital cannot happen.

Here are some inspirational and tongue-in-cheek quotes about nursing, caregiving, and healing.

  1. "They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel." -- Maya Angelou
  1. "Nurses are the heart of health care." -- Donna Wilk Cardill
  2. "Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the joy, everyday, while are are 'just doing our jobs'." -- Christine Belle
  3. "The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest." -- Dr. William Osler
  4.  "Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy...nurses are rarely short on caring." -- Sharon Hudacek, RN
  5. "Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon." -- Dag Hammarskjold
  6. "Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring, even without a prescription." -- Val Saintsbury
  7. "A nurse is compassion in scrubs." -- Lexie Saige
  8. "The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses." -- Carolyn Javis
  9. "To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse." -- Rawsi Williams

    Florence Nightingale Quotes on Nursing

    1. No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this – ‘devoted and obedient’. This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.
    2. The object and color in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel.
    1. I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.
    2. How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.
    3. I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
    4. The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.
    5. The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
    6. The craving for ‘the return of the day’, which the sick so constantly evince, is generally nothing but the desire for light.
    7. The only English patients I have ever known refuse tea, have been typhus cases; and the first sign of their getting better was their craving again for tea.
    8. The amount of relief and comfort experienced by the sick after the skin has been carefully washed and dried, is one of the commonest observations made at a sick bed.
    9. Women should have the true nurse calling, the good of the sick first the second only the consideration of what is their ‘place’ to do – and that women who want for a housemaid to do this or the charwomen to do that, when the patient is suffering, have not the making of a nurse in them.

    On Nursing Homes

    1. “Combine nursing homes with nursery schools. Bring very old and very young together: they interest one another.” 
      ― John Cage, M: Writings '67-'72
    1. "Five truly effective prescriptions to remedy a bad day. 
      (You can't overdose.)

      Pray; discuss your troubles with God.
      List your blessings. (The blue sky, soft cookies, warm socks, etc.)
      Call your mom.
      Visit an animal shelter and hug a lonely cat.
      Visit a nursing home and hug a lonely grandparent." 
      — Richelle E. Goodrich (Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year)

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