The 50 best nursing phrases to make you laugh, cry and feel proud of what you do

For days when you just need a little motivation to get through your shift, or don’t know whether to laugh or cry, sometimes a perfectly placed nursing quote can be just what you need to keep you going.

Or maybe you’re a nursing student wondering how the heck you’ll find the strength to get through the rest of the semester, when hearing a student nursing quote will completely change your perspective. Nursing school, in my honest opinion, was even more difficult than my years as a “real” nurse. The crippling self-doubt, not knowing where you fit in, studying while working the night shift, it was all hard. So you definitely need some of these inspirational quotes to finish nursing school.

And of course, there are some days when you just have to find a funny nurse quote because really, all you can do is find the humor in the situation. After all, we all know that nurses have the best sense of humor, right? Here are all the inspirational, funny, and heartwarming nursing quotes you could ask for.

Nursing Student Quotes

1. “School of Nursing. One curriculum at a time. One class at a time. One exam at a time. One clinic at a time. Keep going…”–unknown

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2. “It’s okay to learn from every experience and it’s okay to make mistakes.” –Louise Hay

3. “If we are growing, we will always be out of our comfort zone.”–John Maxwell

4. “How many nurses does it take to screw in a light bulb? None! They delegate it to the nursing student.”–unknown

5. “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

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6. “If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” – Win Borden

7. “Where the needs of the world and your talents intersect, there is your calling.” – Aristotle

8. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to achieve it. Time will pass anyway.” — Count Nightingale

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9. “Don’t wish it was easier, I wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for fewer challenges, wish for more wisdom.” -Count Shoaf

10. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I tell you it will be worth it.” —Art Williams

Quotes For New Nurses

1. “It’s the fearless new nurses I worry about”: All nursing instructors (and they’re right!)

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

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3. “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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4. “The nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life of the suicide, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the newly blind, means of locomotion for the newborn, knowledge and confidence of the young mother, a voice for those too weak to speak, and so on.”–Virginia Henderson, RN

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5. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think.” – Benjamin Spock

6. “Trust isn’t ‘they’ll like me,’ trust is ‘I’ll be okay if they don’t.’ Successful people are afraid, successful people are in doubt, and successful people are worried. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” – T. Harv Eker

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

8. “Value what you do and add value with what you do.”–unknown

9. “Forgive yourself, you are not perfect. Show yourself grace; you are still learning. Show yourself patient; you are on a journey.”–unknown

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

funny nurse quotes

1. “You know you’re a nurse when your finger has gone places you never thought possible.”–Unknown

2. “Don’t mess with me, I get paid to poke people with sharp objects.”–unknown

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3. “Nursing friendships are a different kind of love; like, ‘I’ll hold the butt cheeks while you clean that butt crack.'”

4. “Don’t let anyone treat you like an expired 24 gauge butterfly. You’re a #16 left forearm with excellent venous return!”–unknown

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5. “Nurse: The first person you see after you say, ‘Hold my beer and look at this!’”–unknown

6. “When I heard that 2020 was going to be the year of the nurse, this is not what I expected…”–unknown

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7. “The 3 words most people want to hear: ‘I love you.’ The 3 words nurses want to hear: ‘Alert, Oriented and Ambulatory’.–unknown

8. “Being a nurse is weird: I can keep a poker face during trauma, but I have a mental breakdown from losing my favorite pen.”–unknown

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9. “3 AM: The moment you remember you forgot to trace that thing, bring that lady water, or pass that medicine.”–unknown

10. “Nursing is not for the empty-hearted…or the faint-hearted. ” -unknown

Short And Sweet Nurse Quotes

1. “To do what no one else will do, in a way that no one else can, despite everything we’ve been through… that’s being a nurse.” –Rawsi Williams, RN

2. “I am among those who think that science has great beauty.”–Marie Curie

3. “The constant attention of a good nurse can be as important as a major operation performed by a surgeon.” — Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish diplomat and economist

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

5. “Nurses couldn’t be praised too much.” — Stephen Ambrosio, author

6. “Save a person, you are a hero. Save hundreds, you’re a nurse.”–unknown

7. “A nurse is not what you do. It is what you are… I am a nurse. It’s not what I do, it’s who I AM.”

8. “BE KIND because everyone you meet is fighting a BATTLE.” -Plato

9. “A caress, a smile, is full of meaning for someone who is sick. It is a simple but encouraging gesture, you feel accompanied, you feel closer to being healed, you feel like a person, not a number.”– Pope Francisco

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10. “The nurses are always there, they take care of us from the earliest years. You take care of us in our happiest and saddest moments. And for many, you care for us and our families at the end of our lives. Their dedication and professionalism are impressive.”–Duchess Kate Middleton

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Florence Nightingale Quotes

1. “Let’s never consider ourselves finished nurses…we should be learning all our lives.”– Florence Nightingale

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2. “The most important object lesson you can give nurses is to teach them what to look for.”–Florence Nightingale

3. “Nursing is such a progressive art that to stand still is to go backwards.”–Florence Nightingale

4. “Never underestimate the healing effects of beauty.”–Florence Nightingale

5. “Nursing is an art: and if it is to become an art, it requires an exclusive devotion, a preparation as hard as the work of any painter or sculptor.”–Florence Nightingale

6. “The first requirement in a hospital is that it do no harm to the sick.”–Florence Nightingale

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7. If a nurse refuses to do this kind of thing for her patient, “because it is none of her business”, I must say that nursing was not her calling. I have seen surgical ‘sisters’, women whose hands were worth two or three guineas a week, on their knees cleaning a room or hut, because they thought it would not otherwise be fit for their patients to enter. I’m far from wanting nurses to scrub. It’s a waste of power. But I do say that these women had the true vocation of nursing—the good of their patients first, and secondly only the consideration of what was their “place” to do—and that the women who expect the maid to do this , or for the cleaning woman to do that, when her patients are suffering, they do not have the capacity of a nurse in them.”–Florence Nightingale

8. “I’m sure the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs while the world spins like a maddening dreidel.”–Florence Nightingale

9. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”–Florence Nightingale

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10. The world is held back by the death of all those who have to sacrifice the development of their peculiar gifts to conventionality. – Nightingale of Florence

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