40 Uplifting Quotes To Honor Our Nurses

"Save one life, you're a hero. Save a hundred lives, you're a nurse." 

I asked three friends (Vicki, Cindy, and Taryn) who have been in nursing for more than 40 years, why they chose this profession. They, of course, enjoy the science of medicine, but as Cindy puts it, "I enjoy the fulfillment when I am able to answer patient's healthcare questions and guide them through acute and chronic health issues." But they all know they're making a true difference in people's lives.

Nurses endure long hours, sore feet, and complaints while calming scared patients and worried loved ones. These dedicated professionals have the ability to make you feel like you're their only patient at any moment. However, with this intense job comes burnout and Vicki stresses that "it is important for the nurse to take care of themselves emotionally, physically, mentally, and professionally to survive." At the end of the day, they all agree that they wouldn't choose any other job. To honor our nurses, we wanted to share some of our favorite inspirational and humorous quotes. Many of the quotes are from unknown authors, but I'll bet 90% of them came from nurses! Share one or two with your favorite nurse today.

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Inspirational Nurse Quotes

"As a nurse we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients. They may forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou

"As a nurse we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients. They may forget your name but they will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

"Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle." – Plato

"Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle." Plato

"No matter how difficult the days may get, don’t forget the reason you became a nurse.”

"No matter how difficult the days may get, don't forget the reason you became a nurse."

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

"Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate everything and soft enough to understand everyone.”

"Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate everything and soft enough to understand everyone."

"Every nurse has that one patient that they’ll remember forever.”

"Every nurse has that one patient that they'll remember forever."

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"You didn't even know me, yet you treated me like family…I'll never forget that. Thank you."

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"I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse." Florence Nightingale

"The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.” – Carolyn Jarvis

"The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses." Carolyn Jarvis

"Nurses are the heart of healthcare." – Donna Wilk Cardillo

"Nurses are the heart of healthcare." Donna Wilk Cardillo

Funny Nurse Quotes

"Don’t mess with me, I get paid to stab people with sharp objects.”

"Don't mess with me, I get paid to stab people with sharp objects."

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"Be nice to me… I may be your nurse someday and remember…catheters and needles come in sizes that I choose!"

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"May your cup runneth over, unless it's that urine specimen cup you're trying to hand me."

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