30 Inspirational Nursing Quotes (Plus Other Motivational Quotes)

Nurses lead very demanding lives. Working with doctors, healing patients and educating the communities are just a few of the responsibilities nurses perform on a daily basis.

In fact you could say that nurses are the backbone of our healthcare care system, providing us with the attention and medical care that we need to live health long-lasting lives.

Sometimes being a nurse can be exhausting at times, but the knowledge and power to help heal others is what keeps them going in challenging times.

And while nurses are strong spirited, positive and focused even they need a little pick me up every once in a while.

Here are 30 Inspiring nursing quotes created by nurses, written for nurses and inspired by nurses along with some other great quotes to help get them through the day!

  30 Inspiring Nursing Quotes

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.

William Osler

Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.

Val Saintsbury

The character of a nurse is just as important as the knowledge he/she possesses.

Carolyn Jarvis

Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital.

Carrie Latet


Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back in the shell.

Cass Canfield

Caring is the essence of nursing.

Jean Watson


Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the job, everyday, while we are “just doing our jobs”.

Christine Belle

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

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

Sharon Hudacek

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

Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion.

Florence Nightingale

Nursing would be a dream job if there were no doctors.

Gerhard Kocher

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed an nurse them.

Clara Barton

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


A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope.

Carrie Latet

Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.

Elizabeth Kenny

When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.


America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system.

Barack Obama

A nurse is compassion in scrubs

Lexie Saige

To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse.

Rawsi Williams

 Save one life and you’re a hero, save one hundred lives and you’re a nurse


The character of a nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.

Carolyn Javis

Drugs are not always necessary, belief in recovery always is.

Norman Cousins

Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.


Nurses, one of the few blessings of being ill.

Sara Moss-Wolfe

Save one life you’re a hero, save one hundred lives and you’re a nurse.


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

It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.

Stephen Ambrose

Other beautiful quotes

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.

Keep you behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits.

Keep you habits positive because your habits become your values.

Keep you values positive because your values become your destiny.

Mahatma Gandhi

People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel!

Maya Angelou

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.

Mother Theresa

 A leader is a dealer in hope.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.

Publilius Syrus

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A good deed is never lost: He who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love.

Saint Basil

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

A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope.

Terri Guillemets

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams


The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.

Anthony Robbins


To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France


I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.

Art Williams


First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to.



I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something, and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

Helen Keller