"Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help." —Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN. Here are 49 Awesome Nurse Quotes Full Of Love And Care.

Nurse Quotes

1. 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

2. “I am of certain convinced that 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

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

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

5. “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

6. The world is put back by the death of everyone who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality. – Florence Nightingale

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

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

9. “Never underestimate the healing effects of beauty.”--Florence Nightingale

10. “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

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

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

Nurse Quotes

13. “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

14. “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

15. “I am among those who think that science has great beauty.”--Marie Curie

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

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

18. “If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”-- Win Borden

19. “It’s okay to learn from every experience, and it’s okay to make mistakes.”-- Louise Hay

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

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

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

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

24. “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

Nurse Quotes

25. "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." -- Earl Nightingale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

36. “Confidence is not ‘they will like me,’ confidence is “I’ll be fine if they don’t.” Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.”-- T. Harv Eker

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

38. “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

39. “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

40. “You know you’re a nurse when your finger has gone places you never thought possible.”--unknown

41. “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

42. "Don't mess with me — I get paid to poke people with sharp objects."--unknown

43. "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

44. “Don’t let anyone treat you like an expired 24 butterfly gauge. You are a #16 in the left forearm with excellent venous return!”--unknown

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

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

47. “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”  -- Earl Shoaf

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

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

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