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10 Inspirational Quotes for Nurses

10 Inspirational Quotes for Nurses As a nurse, you offer plenty of inspiration to those around you – from patients to colleagues and beyond. But what inspires you? If you’re hunting for a little positive motivation, we have 10 quotes for nurses that might be just what you need.

Whether you’re working through an assignment for your RN-to-BSN program or thinking ahead to tomorrow’s challenges at the hospital or office, these 10 quotes for nurses highlight the knowledge, skills and professionalism of your career.

10 Great Quotes for Nurses

Some of the 10 inspirational quotes below come from fellow nurses, while others are from general creative and cultural leaders. Regardless of their original source, these 10 inspirational quotes make for excellent positive affirmations for nurses from all walks of life.

  1. “America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system.” – President Barack Obama
  2. “Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.” - Dag Hammarskjold, Diplomat1
  3. “Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring.” - Sharon Hudacek, RN 2
  4. “Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.” - Sister Elizabeth Kenny, historic wartime Nurse
  5. “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, BSN, RN 3
  6. “As a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” – Metro Nursing Service4
  7. “Caring is the essence of nursing.” – Jean Watson, Nurse and Author5
  8. “I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale, legendary Nurse and Author6
  9. “Rejoice in your work; never lose sight of the nursing leader you are now and the nursing leader you will become.” – Sue Fitzsimons, PhD, RN7
  10. “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.”8

The final quote, sometimes attributed to author and poet Maya Angelou, is perhaps the most important. As a nurse, your work can often be thankless, but it’s always worth pursuing for the end result: A better experience, no matter how incremental, for the patients under your care.

Simply put, the healthcare system wouldn’t function without nurses and the hard work they do.

Learn more about CTU nursing degree programs here or check out these helpful tips for writing a nursing résumé.

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