Illness is a part of life and that’s why the importance of proper healthcare can’t be stressed enough. In one’s journey to getting better, doctors usually get the credit. However, we can all agree that a nurse’s role on the path to recovery is just as crucial. When you’re in pain and feeling scared, your nurse’s friendly face and soothing voice can make all the difference. Pulling through is not only about getting the right medical solutions, it’s also about being cared for with compassion. Nurses give their patients exactly that. And that’s probably the reason why healing means being nursed back to health.
In times of health crises, nurses also need our prayers as they risk their lives to serve as frontliners. Plus, here are 40 nurse quotes to appreciate all the nurses and the sacrifices they’ve made in the service of the afflicted.
Inspirational Nurse Quotes
The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest. – William Osler
Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion. – Florence Nightingale
Nursing would be a dream job if there were no doctors. – Gerhard Kocher
Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription. – Val Saintsbury
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A good deed is never lost: He who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love. – Saint Basil
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. – Helen Keller
One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. – Simone de Beauvoir
The character of a nurse is just as important as the knowledge he/she possesses. – Carolyn Jarvis
It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing. – Mother Theresa
Look to be treated by others as you have treated others. – Publilius Syrus
Caring is the essence of nursing. – Jean Watson
Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the job, everyday, while we are “just doing our jobs”. – Christine Belle
Nurses don’t wait until October to celebrate Make a Difference Day — they make a difference every day!
Nurses are the heart of healthcare. – Donna Wilk Cardillo
Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring. – Sharon Hudacek
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 to 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
I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed an nurse them. – Clara Barton
Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing!
Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse. – Elizabeth Kenny
A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope. – Terri Guillemets
To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France
Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital. – Carrie Latet
When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.
America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system. – Barack Obama
A nurse is compassion in scrubs. – Lexie Saige
To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse. – Rawsi Williams
Save one life and you’re a hero, save one hundred lives and you’re a nurse.
I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. – Art Williams
Nursing is a work of heart.
Nurses, one of the few blessings of being ill. – Sara Moss-Wolfe
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
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
How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they’re giving you an enema. – Warren Beatty
People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel! – Maya Angelou
At the end of the day, love and compassion will win. – Terry Waite
It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly. – Stephen Ambrose
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama
Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon. – Dag Hammarskjold
Nurses have come a long way in a few short decades. In the past our attention focused on physical, mental and emotional healing. Now we talk of healing your life, healing the environment, and healing the planet. – Lynn Keegan
Share these 40 nurse quotes to show our gratitude to all the nurses out there for giving us the best care we could ever hope for.