Nursing is one of the oldest and most-respected professions in the world, and it will probably stay like this forever. We have only gratitude and admiration for nurses who hold our hands in some of the most difficult moments of our lives.
Check out these quotes and discover why nursing is such a valuable profession and why the services of nurses are essential for a healthy and happy world.
Sometimes I inspire my patients; more often they inspire me. – Unknown
There are perks to nursing that are not evident at a first glance. One of them is the possibility to interact with people from all walks of life, to hear their stories, and to develop a sincere and open relationship with them.
Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help. – Christina Feist-Heilmeier
Nursing is a profession that attracts people with a specific type of personality. Most nurses are highly empathetic and caring people who are motivated by a desire to help and to offer support and care to those in need.
It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly. – Stephen Ambrose
Nurses deserve all the admiration and praise in the world for the value they bring to society. In our weakest moments, they are there to comfort and provide us with a sympathetic shoulder to rely on. They teach us not to give up on ourselves even when we have lost our hope.
Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. – Donna Wilk Cardillo
Nursing is not a profession to be taken lightly, and it is definitely not fit for anyone. Without intelligence, compassion, empathy, and passion, a nurse will not be able to handle the tremendous difficulties that the profession entails.
Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy, nurses are rarely short on caring. – Sharon Hdacek
The amount of challenges that a nurse has to deal with is overwhelming. Besides handling administrative issues, nurses need plenty of energy and motivation to deal with the physical and emotional aspects of their job.
Nursing is rarely boring or predictable. In few other professions we are present at life’s most momentous events, from birth to death, from crisis to recovery. – Diane Barnet
Nursing is one of those few professions that require you to take part in the most emotionally-charged moments of people’s lives. From birth to death, nurses are there to accompany and give us the support to move past every challenge.
The longer I’m in the profession, the more experiences shape my life, the more amazing colleagues influence me, the more I see the micro and macro power of nursing. – Joni Watson
The power of nursing exerts itself not just on patients but also on the nurses themselves. On a daily basis, nurses witness life-altering events and see people both at their lowest and their highest. Although extremely difficult, nursing puts one in contact with amazing people and experiences.
A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love. – Saint Basil
Good deeds are the core of a nurse’s life. Through their jobs, nurses help people move from crisis to crisis, with a patience and a strength that are uncommon. Their kind gestures and words inspire in their patients eternal gratitude.
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Living daily with the awareness that everything you do helps people lead an easier and healthier life is the greatest reward for a nurse. In nursing, success is not measured in money or promotions. Success means to be able to help at least a soul in need.
Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon. – Dag Hammarskjold
To receive attention and care from a nurse is as important as medical treatment when dealing with a disease. Besides medicine, patients need someone to lift them up and inspire them to find their lost strength.
Save one life and you’re a hero, save one hundred lives and you’re a nurse. – Unknown
Nurses save lives on a daily basis, but they never ask to be treated as heroes. They go to work and do their job, always trying to be there for anyone who needs them. Their heroism is tenacious, persistent and quiet, and without it, our world would suffer greatly.
Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the job, everyday, while we are “just doing our jobs”. – Christine Belle
For nurses, doing their job means helping people in life-threatening crises or sharing their joy in times of celebrations. It is definitely not an easy or boring job, and nurses deserve all the credit that they receive.
Caring is the essence of nursing. – Jean Watson
At the center of nursing lies the desire to care for others. Nurses must have within them plenty of resources that could allow them to stay patient and caring even when patients are difficult and uncooperating. Caring is a challenge, but without it, nursing loses its value.
Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital. – Carrie Latet
Nobody likes hospitals. Although happy things happen there as well, hospitals usually frighten us. The only thing that makes us feel better when we go to the hospital is knowing that there we will find a welcoming, caring, and friendly nurse who will help us unconditionally.
Nurses help people. And in doing so, we receive the unmatched satisfaction of knowing that we have made a difference to patients and their families. – Dawn Marino
It is not easy to help people when they are at their most vulnerable moments, but knowing that you’ve made a difference and helped patients and their families to regain their balance is one of the perks of nursing.
You treat a disease: you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you win—no matter the outcome. – Patch Adams
It is the doctors’ job to focus on disease and nurses’ job to focus on patients. Unfortunately, to treat a disease is sometimes a lottery with unknown results, but to care for a person and to offer them all your support is a sure success.
Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it’s awkward. When it’s uncool and embarrassing. – Jamie Tworkowksi
Awkward interactions and embarrassing situations are very common in nursing, but nurses have the gift of making patients feel at ease with them. Nurses see us when we suffer and when we are uncool and weak, but they know how to help us regain our confidence.
The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses. –Carolyn Jarvis
Unlike other professions that rely solely on knowledge and expertise, nursing is more complicated. A successful nurse is not always someone with more knowledge, but someone with more compassion and patience.
It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing. – Mother Teresa
Nurses are always overwhelmed by the number of things they have to do and the little time they have at their disposal. They always feel that there is room for doing more and better, but they should remember that more important than how much you do, is how much love and attention you put into what you do.
A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope. – Terri Guillemets
Nurses are so important on the road to recovering our health because, besides the care they provide, they inspire us to believe in our recovery and to have hope that everything will be alright eventually. In many ways, nurses are guiding angels.
They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
Nurses don’t always get the recognition they deserve, but even though patients may forget their names or their faces, they will always remember that, in times of need, there was someone there for them, making them feel confident and strong.
When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours. – Unknown
Nursing is extraordinary because it leads to incredible experiences and interactions. Every day, patients discover how miraculous it is to have someone support you and give you everything you need without scolding you for being needy.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs
To find satisfaction in nursing, you have to believe in the importance of what you do and most of all, be ready for hardships and challenges that will test your limits. If you don’t find joy in helping others, nursing can only be a chore.
Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts. – Charles Dickens
Nursing is a profession where having a warm and caring heart, a patient disposition, and a kind demeanor is as important as professional expertise. We put our lives in the hands of nurses and we know that they will not fail us.
The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest. – William Osler
Along with the physician and the priest, the nurse is the person most people trust fully and completely to handle their vulnerabilities and worries. In a healing process, the role of a nurse is essential.
Every day may not be wonderful, but there is something wonderful in every day. – Unknown
Nurses know not to judge their job and their success by the day because some days may actually be far from wonderful or rewarding. The beauty of nursing is that there are, even in the most difficult days, moments of joy and relief.
Nurses are there when the last breath is taken, and nurses are there when the first breath is taken. – Christine Bell
Nurses watch over us in our first and last moments of life, but they are also with us when our parents die and when our children are born. They are with us in moments when life overwhelms and scares us, and for that we are thankful.
Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription. – Val Saintsbury
We love nurses because the care and attention they give us always go beyond their job attributions. Without anyone instructing them, they alleviate our pain and fight off our fears. There is no end to the things they do for us.
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
In nursing, simple things are the most valuable. A touch, a smile, or a kind word mean so much more inside a hospital than outside. Nursing stresses the importance of kindness and caring in changing someone’s life.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. – Mahatma Gandhi
There is something noble about nursing. To lose yourself in the service of others takes great courage and strength, that is why nursing is an admirable profession, respected with the same gravity by everyone, everywhere.
Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone. – Unknown
In nursing, one has to forget about their fears and worries and be there for someone else. Doing services for other people is difficult when they are hurt and scared, but nurses are strong enough to deal with anything.