Best Nursing Quotes and Sayings

This collection of nursing quotes and sayings give you a sense of what this profession is all about.

Care and duty are some of the first thoughts that come to mind when you think of a nurse. A nurse is much more than a health care professional. They can touch your lives just once and become someone whom you will remember for the rest of your life.

As a nurse, you are entering one of the most demanding professions in the world. But the difference you can make with your touch and care can be almost unmatched. Your patients will always remember your healing touch and caring words.

Here are some beautiful and funny nurse quotes that everyone can relate to. These nursing quotes might give you a sense of what makes this profession so unique and special. Enjoy these nursing quotes.

Nursing Quotes

Caring is the essence of nursing.
Jean Watson

Care for one…
that’s love.
Care for hundreds…
that’s nursing.

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

Rejoice in your work; never lose sight of the nursing leader you are now and the nursing leader you will become.
Sue Fitzsimons

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

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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; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.
Florence Nightingale

Nursing is not a career, it’s a post-apocalyptic survival skill.

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 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

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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Funny Nurse Quotes

I avoid unhealthy looking people at the mall for fear that I may have to CPR on my day off.

Nursing: Where else can you experience the thrill of having total strangers poop in front of you like it’s totally your business?

A new nurse is excited to sign everything. An old nurse tries not to sign anything.

Don’t mess with me — I get paid to poke people with sharp objects.

Multiple traumas – A unit full of ventilators and patients trying to die on me all day…I’m sorry what were you saying about your busy day with the stapler?

Nursing: Expose yourself to rare, exotic and exciting new diseases!

Showering won’t be enough today; I’ll need to be autoclaved.

A new nurse writes notes on a pad. An old nurse writes on a napkin, at the back of their hand, or even on their forearm.

Be nice to me! I may be your nurse someday, and I’m the one who chooses your catheter size.

Do you think Mondays are bad? Try working weekends, holidays, and 12 hours a night!

Nurse: Just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate everything and soft enough to understand everyone.

Treat your nurses well, “I can walk as slow or as fast as I choose to retrieve that pain medication you requested.”

Remember, I’m a nurse. You’re going to have to say a lot to gross me out.

A new nurse doesn’t want the patient to fall because she doesn’t want him to get hurt. And old nurse doesn’t want the patient to fall because she hates paperwork.

You know you are a nurse when you find yourself betting on someone’s blood alcohol content.

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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

When a person decides to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others.
Margaret Harvey

When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.

To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.
Rawsi Williams

I remember once I read a book on mental illness and there was a nurse that had gotten sick. Do you know what she died from? From worrying about the mental patients not being able to get their food. She became a mental patient.
Ornette Coleman

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

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

You’re going to be there when a lot of people are born, and when a lot of people die. In most every culture, such moments are regarded as sacred and private, made special by a divine presence. No one on Earth would be welcomed, but you’re personally invited. What an honor that is.
Thom Dick

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Nurse Ratched Quotes

If Mr. McMurphy doesn’t want to take his medication orally, I’m sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way. But I don’t think that he would like it.
Nurse Ratched

Yes. This is what I know. The ward is a factory for the Combine. It’s for fixing up mistakes made in the neighborhoods and in the schools and in the churches, the hospital is. When a completed product goes back out into society, all fixed up good as new, better than new sometimes, it brings joy to the Big Nurse’s heart.
Chief Bromden

First Charles Cheswick and now William Bibbit! I hope you’re finally satisfied. Playing with human lives – gambling with human lives – as if you thought yourself to be a God!
Nurse Ratched

I thought for a minute there I saw her whipped. Maybe I did. But I see now that it don’t make any difference. To beat her you don’t have to whip her two out of three or three out of five, but every time you meet. As soon as you let down your guard, as soon as you lose once, she’s won for good. And eventually, we all got to lose. Nobody can help that.
Chief Bromden

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Nurses Sayings

Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.
Val Saintsbury

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

Nurses don’t wait until October to celebrate Make a Difference Day — they make a difference every day!

The doctors may be mapping out the war games, but it is the nurses who make the conflict bearable.
Jodi Picoult

Nurses are patient people.

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

If love can’t cure it, nurses can.

You don’t build a house without its foundation. You don’t build a hospital without its Nurses.

I attribute my success to this — I never gave or took any excuse.
Florence Nightingale

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

Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the joy every day, while we are ‘just doing our jobs.’
Christine Belle

I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
Art Williams

The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.
Florence Nightingale

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

It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.
Stephen Ambrose

Maya Angelou Nurse Quotes

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.

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

Do the best you can until you know better.
Then when you know better, do better!

You may encounter many defeats,
but you must not be defeated.

Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.

You may not control all the events that happen to you,
but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

‎The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.

Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.

By Mary Olson

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