Nursing is a tough profession — from dealing with doctors and caring for patients, to working crazy shifts and being on your feet the whole time, your long list of responsibilities could leave even the most chipper person feeling a little deflated at the end of the day. But being a nurse can also be very rewarding. These 10 inspiring quotes show just how impactful a caring nurse can be, and can serve as little bits of motivation when you’re having an off day.
“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
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I’ve learned people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
— Maya Angelou
On Achieving Goals
"The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me."
— Clara Barton
“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse."
— Florence Nightingale
“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”
— Art Williams
On the Power of Nurses
“To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.”
— Rawsi Williams, BSN, RN
“Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring.”
— Sharon Hudacek
“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.”
— Dag Hammarskjold
“Nurses are the heart of healthcare.”
— Donna Wilk Cardillo
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