17 Inspirational Nursing Degree Quotes

Whether you’re studying to earn a nursing degree or have been a nurse for years, you probably know a career in nursing offers its share of challenges and rewards. If you need a pick-me-up during the day or a small reminder of why being a nurse is so gratifying, you’ve come to the right place. Listed below are several inspirational quotes to remind you why you chose a career taking care of other people:

1.    “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


2.    “Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.” – Sister Elizabeth Kenny


3.    “Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing.” – Anonymous Patient


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


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


6.    “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, RN, quoted in RN Modern Medicine


7.    “Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the joy, everyday, while we are ‘just doing our jobs.’” – Christine Belle, RN, BSN


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


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


10.    “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 Keegan


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


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


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


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


15.    “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


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


17.    “Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction; it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.” – Simone Weil


Hopefully, the quotes brightened your day and reminded you why you chose a career in nursing. And – hey – nursing is all about community, right? So, please take a moment to share your favorite inspirational quote in the comment section below and on our Facebook page.

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