Nursing Quotes: 28 Inspirational Thoughts to Live By

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top 10 best nursing quotes to lift you up

With so many things to do, it’s easy for a nurse to feel stressed out, anxious, and even depressed at times. If left alone, your emotions can even cause you to resign from your job and choose a different career.

And because we wouldn’t want that to happen, we are sharing with you some of the most inspirational thoughts to help you get through a really tough workweek. Write them down and pin them on areas where you can easily see them. You can even save them on your phone as a reminder of how great it is to be a nurse.

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. – Mother Teresa

mother teresa quoteHardships often prepare people for an extraordinary destiny. – C.S. Lewis

c s lewis quoteHow very little can be done under the spirit of fear. – Florence Nightingale

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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

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I never dreamed about success – I worked for it. – Estée Lauder

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Nothing will work unless you do. – Maya Angelou

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If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For passion will lead you right into your purpose. – Bishop T.D. Jakes

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Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this something, at whatever cost, must be attained. – Marie Curie

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Happiness … consists of giving, and in serving others. – Henry Drummond

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Just so you know, doctors are here to diagnose, not heal. We heal. – Edie Falco in Nurse Jacki

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I’m a nurse, nothing scares me. Or, nothing disgusts me for that matter.

I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results. – Florence Nightingale

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No matter how difficult the days may get, don’t forget the reason you became a nurse.
Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.

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

To scared patients, hospitals are like a house of doom – until a nurse walks in, lights up the room, and comforts you in a way that only nurses can. And that’s when healing really starts.

At some point in your career you realize how exhausted and overwhelmed you are that you begin to question why you’re doing what you’re doing. Don’t let that bring you down. The greater the sacrifices the greater your heart is, and we all know people with big hearts always win the day.

There are good times and bad times in nursing, but no one can ever say that there are wasted times in nursing – you always end up saving someone.


As you navigate the busiest of wards and use every energy and strength in you to help others, may you remember that you’re a beautiful human being – an angel whose wings manifest in the tenderness of your healing hands.

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

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Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse. – Elizabeth Kenny

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Nursing is an art… It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts. – Florence Nightingale

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See Also: 25 Greatest Florence Nightingale Quotes For Nurses

Nursing would be a dream job if there were no doctors. – Gerhard Kocher

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As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul 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

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When you are a nurse, you know that everyday you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.

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Nursing is not just an ART, it has a heART. Nursing is not just a SCIENCE, but it has a conSCIENCE. 

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What is a nurse? To go above and beyond the call of duty. The first to work and the last to leave. The heart and soul of caring. 

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A Nurse dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription. – Val Saintsbury

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See Also: Top 20 Greatest Nursing Quotes of All Time

There are other inspiring nursing quotes out there so the list doesn’t end here. But it’s the message that they want to impart that matters the most. It is the reality that whoever and wherever you are, Nursing will always be a job worth having and a vocation worth fighting for.

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