Nursing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nursing quotes, nursing sayings, and nursing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Nursing care comes in many forms. Sometimes it is the ability to make someone feel physically comfortable by various means. Other times it is the ability to improve the body’s ability to achieve or maintain health. But often it is an uncanny yet well honed knack to see beyond the obvious and address, in some way, the deeper needs of the human soul.     

Donna Wilk Cardillo

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

Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital.

Carrie Latet

Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses. We must be learning all of our lives.

Florence Nightingale

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. No wonder we’re exhausted at the end of the day!     

Donna Wilk Cardillo

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

No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this – 'devoted and obedient.' This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse.

Florence Nightingale

Nurses: one of the few blessings of being ill.     

Sara Moss-Wolfe

A nurse is compassion in scrubs.

Lexie Saige

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

Jodi Picoult

A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope.     

Terri Guillemets

Nurses are there when the last breath is taken and nurses are there when the first breath is taken. Although it is more enjoyable to celebrate the birth, it is just as important to comfort in death.

Christine Bell

Being a nurse means to hold all your own tears and start drawing smiles on people’s faces.

Dana Basem

Every nurse is an angel with a key for healthy community! All in caring for patients is part of nursing soul!     

Alexsandar Radunovic

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

Sue Fitzsimons

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

The nurses were all angels in my eyes.

Randy Castillo

It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.

Stephen Ambrose

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

Anonymous

Nurses are the heart of healthcare.     

Donna Wilk Cardillo

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

Christine Belle

Nurses serve their patients in the most important capacities. We know that they serve as our first lines of communication when something goes wrong or when we are concerned about health.     

Lois Capps

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

Carolyn Jarvis

Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back in the shell.

Cass Canfield

Whether a person is a male or female, a nurse is a nurse.

Gary Veale

God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Caring is the essence of nursing.

Jean Watson

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

For too long nurses have been undervalued, restricted in what they could do, with too few career opportunities in clinical practice. For far too long, nurses have endured a pay system that has held them back – both professionally as well as financially.     

John Hutton

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

Dag Hammarskjold



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