The job of any nurse is one of the hardest, yet fulfilling, out there — and it’s one of the most respected. Perhaps that’s why there are many quotes from and about nurses, and quotes that seem to fit healthcare professionals so well.
What better time to read some nursing quotes than Nurse’s Week? Take a break to read through these nurse quotes that will motivate you, make you laugh, or inspire you. Or find the perfect quote here for that card you bought for the nurse grad in your life.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”Mahatma Gandhi
Excerpt from the poem The Wound-Dresser by Walt Whitman:
“Thus in silence in dreams’ projections, Returning, resuming, I thread my way through the hospitals, The hurt and wounded I pacify with soothing hand, I sit by the restless all the dark night, some are so young, Some suffer so much, I recall the experience sweet and sad, (Many a soldier’s loving arms about this neck have cross’d and rested, Many a soldier’s kiss dwells on these bearded lips.)” From the poem The Wound-Dresser -Walt Whitman
Fun fact: Whitman served as a nurse during the American Civil War.
“In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.”Dorothea Dix
Dix was one of the most vocal advocates for mental health. She worked as a lead nurse (Superintendent of Army Nurses) during the Civil War, and went on to lead the construction of hospitals across the US.
“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 AngelouMaya Angelou
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”George Eliot
“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.” —Dag HammarskjöldDag Hammarskjöld
Hammarskjöld served as a diplomat and as Secretary-General of the United Nations. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize before his death in 1961, and was honored with the award posthumously.
“Rejoice in your work; never lose sight of the nursing leader you are now and the nursing leader you will become.”Sue Fitzsimons, PhD, RN
“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Nurses are the heart of healthcare.” —Donna Wilk CardilloDonna Wilk Cardillo
Cardillo is known as The Inspiration Nurse. The RN and keynote speaker has written several books, including Falling Together: How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When Your Life Seems to Be Falling Apart.
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”Patch Adams
Robin Williams portrayed the physician and comedian Patch Adams in the 1998 film Patch Adams, which is loosely based on the real-life of, well, Patch Adams.