Inspirational Nursing Quotes

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Nurses are the great caregivers of our society. Their job creates lasting impact in patients’  lives. Continuing the spirit of last week’s National Nurses Week honors, please enjoy the following inspirational nursing quotes:

“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… the finest of Fine Arts.” — Florence Nightingale

“Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing.” — Anonymous Patient

“The first wealth is health.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“When you’re a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” — Anonymous

“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

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

“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

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

“The capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.” — Pablo Casals

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

“Nursing 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

“If love can’t cure it, nurses can.” — Anonymous

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