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.


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

Always thank your nurse. Sometimes they're the only one between you and a hearse.

Warren Beatty

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

Aleksandar Radenovi

Patients deserve to be cared for competent, compassionate nurses.     

Renee Thompson

Nurses encompasses an art, a humanistic orientation, a feeling for the value of the individual, and an intuitive sense of ethics, and of the appropriateness of action taken.     

Myrtle Aydelotte

Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.

Elizabeth Kenny

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

Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep and energy. Nurses are rarely short on caring.

Sharon Hudacek

It was not my strength that wanted nursing, it was my imagination that wanted soothing.

Joseph Conrad

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

Nurses are humans by birth and heroes by choice.

Renee Thompson

Unless we are making progress in our nursing every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back.

Florence Nightingale

Nursing is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said the finest of Fine Arts.

Florence Nightingale

If Christian scientists had more science and doctors more Christianity, it wouldn't make any difference which you called in - if you had a good nurse.     

Finley Peter Dunne

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

Val Saintsbury

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.

William Osler

Authentic service can be seen in the nurse who has nurtured herself, the healer who has been healed. It is the service we hear when the nurse can speak from her heart to the patient these simply and humble words, I am here. Let's heal together.

Caryn Summers

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

Florence Nightingale

We often think of nursing as giving meds on time, checking an X-ray to see if the doctor needs to be called, or taking an admission at 2:00 a.m. with a smile on our faces. Too often, we forget all the other things that make our job what it truly isâ€"caring and having a desire to make a difference.     

Erin Pettengill

You know you're a nurse if. You triage the laundry when at home: This pile needs immediate attention, the pile can wait, this pile, with a little stain stick will be OK until you get back to it.     

Donna Wilk Cardillo