Nursing is truly one of the most challenging profession in the world, though the job is very rewarding, you will also often experience stress, burnout and exhaustion. Many nurses find that sometimes inspirational quotes may help them ease the feeling of extreme tension and over fatigued. So when you encounter your next challenge whether it’s on the job or at school, take a moment to read these quotes and I really hope they may help you feel motivated, inspired and remember why you chose nursing as your profession. Here are the 23 greatest quotes to empower nurses:

1. “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: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.” – Florence Nightingale

"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: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts." - Florence Nightingale

2. “Save one life, you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, you’re a nurse.”

“Save one life, you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, you’re a nurse.”

3. “You don’t build a house without its foundation. You don’t build a hospital without its Nurses.”

“You don’t build a house without its foundation. You don’t build a hospital without its Nurses."

4. “Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help.” – Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN

"Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help." - Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN

5. “When a person decides to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others.” – Margaret Harvey, PhD, RN

"When a person decides to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others." - Margaret Harvey, PhD, RN

6. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Ghandi

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Ghandi

7. “Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing!”

"Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing!"

8. “You’re going to be there when a lot of people are born, and when a lot of people die. In most every culture, such moments are regarded as sacred and private, made special by a divine presence. No one on Earth would be welcomed, but you’re personally invited. What an honor that is.” – Thom Dick

“You’re going to be there when a lot of people are born, and when a lot of people die. In most every culture, such moments are regarded as sacred and private, made special by a divine presence. No one on Earth would be welcomed, but you’re personally invited. What an honor that is.” - Thom Dick

9. “A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope.” – Carrie Latet

"A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope." - Carrie Latet

10. “Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it’s awkward. When it’s uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions.” – Jamie Tworkowksi

“Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it’s awkward. When it’s uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions.” - Jamie Tworkowksi

11. “I attribute my success to this; I never gave nor took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

"I attribute my success to this; I never gave nor took any excuse." - Florence Nightingale

12. “Being a nurse isn’t about grades, it’s about being who we are. No book can teach you how to cry with a patient. No class can teach you how to tell their family that their parents have diet or are dying. No professor can teach you how to find dignity in giving someone a bed bath. A nurse is not about the pills or charting. It’s about being able to love people when they are at their weakest moments.”


 

“Being a nurse isn’t about grades, it’s about being who we are. No book can teach you how to cry with a patient. No class can teach you how to tell their family that their parents have diet or are dying. No professor can teach you how to find dignity in giving someone a bed bath. A nurse is not about the pills or charting. It’s about being able to love people when they are at their weakest moments.”

13. “When you are a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life, or a life will touch yours.”

“When you are a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life, or a life will touch yours.”

14. “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

"As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

15. “Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone.”

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

16. “I’m an ex-convict. I have AIDS. I’m a prostitute. I’m poor. I’m old. I’m a lesbian. I aborted my baby. I’m a teenage mom. I’m a victim of rape. I’m a drug addict. I’m alcoholic. I’m a beggar. I have cancer. I have contagious disease…but the nurse said, I’ll take care of you.”

“I’m an ex-convict. I have AIDS. I’m a prostitute. I’m poor. I’m old. I’m a lesbian. I aborted my baby. I’m a teenage mom. I’m a victim of rape. I’m a drug addict. I’m alcoholic. I’m a beggar. I have cancer. I have contagious disease…but the nurse said, I’ll take care of you.”

17. “Nurses are the heart of healthcare.” – Donna Wilk Cardillo

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

18. “Caring is the essence of nursing.” – Jean Watson

"Caring is the essence of nursing." - Jean Watson

19. “It is not how much you do but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Theresa

“It is not how much you do but how much love you put in the doing.” - Mother Theresa

20. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” - Art Williams

21. “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

“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

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

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

23. “Every day may not be wonderful, but there is something wonderful in every day.”

"Every day may not be wonderful, but there is something wonderful in every day."

These are The Brainy Nurse’s list of 23 greatest quotes to empower nurses. Do you have your favorite nursing quotes mentioned above? Make sure to share these with your colleagues or classmates and feel free to add some on the comment section below.

Ben believes that being a nurse is a never ending learning process and his main goal is to uplift the status of nursing profession through continuous learning.