40 Nurse Quotes on Caring and Compassion That Heals

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.

Nurse Quotes

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.

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

florence nightingale quotes

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

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To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

nurse appreciation quotes

A good deed is never lost: He who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love. – Saint Basil

sayings for nurses

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

inspirational reflections for nurses

The character of a nurse is just as important as the knowledge he/she possesses. – Carolyn Jarvis

nurse inspiring quotes

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing. – Mother Theresa

inspirational nurse quotes

Look to be treated by others as you have treated others. – Publilius Syrus

Caring is the essence of nursing. – Jean Watson

nurse caring quotes

Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the job, everyday, while we are “just doing our jobs”. – Christine Belle

nurses day quotes

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

inspirational nurses quotes

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

inspirational nursing quotes

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

inspirational sayings for nurses

Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing!

inspiring nursing quotes

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

nursing sayings and quotes

To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France

famous nursing quotes

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.

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America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system. – Barack Obama

encouraging words for nurses

A nurse is compassion in scrubs. – Lexie Saige

happy nurses day quotes

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

nurses week quotes

Save one life and you’re a hero, save one hundred lives and you’re a nurse.

compassionate nurses quotes

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.

short nursing quotes

Nurses, one of the few blessings of being ill. – Sara Moss-Wolfe

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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

inspiring nursing quotes

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

funny nurse quotes

People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel! – Maya Angelou

inspirational nurse quotes

At the end of the day, love and compassion will win. – Terry Waite

nursing quotes

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

nursing quotes

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

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