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100 Most Inspiring Success Quotes For Nurses

Nurses are the unsung heroes of the world. They do one of the toughest jobs for little pay, all because they want to help people. Nurses are the friendly face you see in the hospital room, the ones, who take care of you during your weakest moment, and who help save lives.

Here is a list of 100 inspiring success quotes for nurses:

8431. “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


2.“The trained nurse has become one of the greatest blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.” – William Osler


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


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


5. “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”– Florence Nightingale



6. “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”- Clara Barton




7. “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


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



9. “Nurses are humans by birth and heroes by choice.” – Renee Thompson




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


11. “The only way to do great work is to love the work you do.” – Steve Jobs


12. “When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” Author Unknown



13. “It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.” – Stephen Ambrose


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


15. “They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”– Maya Angelou




16.“A nurse is compassion in scrubs.” -Lexie Saige


17. “Rejoice in your work; never lose sight of the nursing leader you are now and the nursing leader you will become.” — Sue Fitzsimons


18. “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



19.“Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


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


21 “Nurses are there when the last breath is taken and nurses are there when the first breath is taken. Although it is more enjoyable to celebrate the birth, it is just as important to comfort in death.”– Christine Bell

22. “The character of a nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.” – Carolyn Javis


23. “Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” -Aristotle


24. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”- Jim Rohn


25. “To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care.” – Mandy Hale


dreamstime_l_131045426. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia


27. “Nurses: one of the few blessings of being ill.” – Sara Moss-Wolfe


28. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou


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29. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn


30. “Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.” – Dag Hammarskjold


31. “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

32. “Nurses are the beating heart of our medical system.” -Barack Obama


33.“Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital.” -Carrie Latet


34. “Nurses serve their patients in the most important capacities. We know that they serve as our first lines of communication when something goes wrong or when we are concerned about health.” – Lois Capps


35. “Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.” -Elizabeth Kenny


36. “The longer I’m in the profession, the more experiences shape my life, the more amazing colleagues influence me, the more I see the micro and macro power of nursing.” – Joni Watson


37. “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” – Maya Angelou


38. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

39. “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


40. “Being a nurse means to hold all your own tears and start drawing smiles on people’s faces.” – Dana Basem


41. “Nurses help people. And in doing so, we receive the unmatched satisfaction of knowing that we have made a difference to patients and their families.” – Dawn Marino

42. “Nursing is great for so many reasons, but there is one reason that means more than any poll results, amount of money, or job security: Nurses make a difference.” – Brittney Wilson


43.“You treat a disease: You win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you win—no matter the outcome.” – Patch Adams


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


45. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”- Plato

46. “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people.” –Barbara Bush


47. “The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.” – Zig Ziglar


48. “The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” – Carl Jung

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49. “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” – Mother Teresa


50. “It’s not about being better than everyone else, it’s about being better than you used to be.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer


51. “What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.”– Mary Ann Evans


52. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.” – Dalai Lama


53. “You deserve to believe you make a difference; because you do!” – Renee Thompson


54“I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.” – Clara Barton


55. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle


56. “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.”– Washington Irving


57. “God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men’s weaknesses.” – Henry Ward Beecher


58. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss


59. “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


60. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman


61. “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda


62. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller


63. “Every nurse is like an angel and they bear the key to a healthy community. Caring for patients even in their most dire needs is a portion from the nursing soul.” – Aleksandar Radunovic

64. “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


65. “When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million, empty words.” – Thema Davis


66. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead



67.  “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Charles Dickens


68. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” – Charles Dickens


69. “Save one life you are a nurse, save a thousand lives and you are a hero” – Author Unknown


70. “Patients deserve to be cared for competent, compassionate nurses.” – Renee Thompson

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71. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale


72. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”– Ronald Reagan


73. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”– Princess Diana

74. “Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.” –Rachel Ann Nunes.


75. “As nurses we know suffering. We are fully aware of how precious each moment of life is.” – Patricia Bratianu

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76. “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


77. “Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. No wonder we’re exhausted at the end of the day!” – Donna Wilk Cardillo

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78. “Diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of practice.” – Martin H. Fischer


79. “The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” – Anthony Robbins


80. “At the end of the day, love and compassion will win.” -Terry Waite


81. “How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they’re giving you an enema.” -Warren Beatty


82. “To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” -Anatole France


83. “One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” -Simone de Beauvoir


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84. “A good deed is never lost: He who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love.” -Saint Basil


85. “The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.” – Logan Pearsall Smith


86. “Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back in the shell.” – Cass Canfield


87. “Nurses have come a long way in a few short decades. In the past, our attention focused on physical, mental and emotional healing. Now we talk of healing your life, healing the environment, and healing the planet.” – Lynn Keeganca


88. “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” – Gibran Khalil Gibran


89. “The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.” – Florence Nightingale


90. “Whether a person is a male or female, a nurse is a nurse.” – Gary Veale

91. “The door that nobody else will go in at seems always to swing open widely for me.” – Clara Barton


92. “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.” – Orison Swett Marden


93. “Finding your passion will lead you to finding work that motivates and satisfies you.” -Dr. Val Gokenbach

94. “Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”– Vincent Van Gogh


95. “I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve


96. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli


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


98“Sometimes I inspire my patients; more often they inspire me.” – Author Unknown


99. “We often think of nursing as giving meds on time, checking an X-ray to see if the doctor needs to be called, or taking an admission at 2:00 a.m. with a smile on our faces. Too often, we forget all the other things that make our job what it truly is: caring and having a desire to make a difference.” – Erin Pettengill


100. “Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses…. we must be learning all of our lives.”– Florence Nightingale

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