10 Nursing Quotes to Get You Through a Hard Day on the Job


Inspiration can come in many forms. Sometimes just the right quote can get you through a hard day. Think about writing your favorites down and hanging them around your workspace. Other nurses on your team or in your facility might enjoy reading them as well. A simple phrase can turn your day around.

Here are 10 nursing quotes to get you through a hard day on the job:

  1. A nurse is not what you do. It is what you are … I am a nurse. It’s not what I do, it’s what I AM.

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

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

  4. Nurses are angels in comfortable shoes.

  5. A nurse is one who opens the eyes of a newborn & gently closes the eyes of a dying man. It is indeed a high blessing to be the first and last to witness the beginning and end of life.

  6. Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw. – Dr. Jean Watson, RN, Doctor, Author and Professor

  7. Nurses encompass 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

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

  9. Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your presence felt.

  10. To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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