Inspirational Quotes & Quotations On Nursing


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Nursing is as much a life commitment as a career. Here are some interesting things that people have said over the years about this unique profession. To create this page, we made a point of looking for nursing quotes from not just famous people, but from typical working nurses. If you have an interesting quote about nursing you’d like to see added to this collection, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

“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 on RN Modern Medicine

“When I first started working in longterm care, after I’d been in a hospital setting, I bet I went home crying every night for 6 weeks because I said this just isn’t what I like. But the more I stayed, the more I understood it’s a different kind of nursing…We’re all going to die—that’s a part of life. Just when and how, we don’t know.”
– MarDee Dahlin, RN, quoted in “Caring For The Ages”

“If Christian scientists had more science and doctors more Christianity, it wouldn’t make any difference which you called in – if you had a good nurse.”
– Finley Peter Dunne

“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

“I practice on many different levels and I take care of all different kinds of patients. It’s challenging and provides autonomy. I’ve done it for over 25 years and there isn’t a day I’ve regretted picking it up.”
– Merrie Griffin, nurse anesthetist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, quoted on

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

“It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a Hospital that it should do the sick no harm.”
– Florence Nightengale

“Treat the patient, not the Xray.”
– James M. Hunter

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

“…although the days are busy and the workload is always growing, there are still those special moments when someone says or does something and you know you’ve made a difference in someone’s life. That’s why I became a nurse.”
– Diane McKenty, Renal Health Nurse (RN)

“A good doctor is one who’ll say, ‘I have no idea what’s going on with this patient. Come help me figure it out.'”
– Sally P. Karioth, RN, Ph.D

“Bottom line? If you want a job where you can literally change lives, nursing might be for you. And it will be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life. But it can be awesome.”
– Alison, of Alison’s Blog

“The RN’s role is huge. We advocate for and mediate between patients and physicians. We also get social services involved to work with insurance companies and we give the patient the care that they deserve.”
– Lisa McDew, registered nurse in the orthopedic medical-surgical unit at Woodwinds Hospital, Woodbury, MN

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

“Always thank your nurse. Sometimes the only one between you and a hearse.”
– Carrie Latet

“As more and more people — families of hospice patients and hospice volunteers — are exposed to this new model of how to approach end-of-life care, we are taking what was essentially a hidden scene — death, an unknown — and making it a reality. We are showing people that there are meaningful ways to cope with this very difficult situation.”
– Florence Sophie Schorske, former dean of the Yale University School of Nursing

“I can stand out the war with any man.”
– Florence Nightengale

“I like when patients tell me that they understand their conditions and meds better and that now they’re optimistic about their health.”
– Robert Skeist, MD

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Top Online Programs In Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing
Over 100 year-old school accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with online nursing programs accredited by CCNE. Chamberlain offers a "fast-track" BSN completion degree with an exceptionally low cost for nursing courses.
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Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon is a private school founded in 1949 that has over 40,000 students, both online and at it's Phoenix, AZ main campus. It's recognized by Fortune Magazine a top-five online school for entrepreneurs. Degrees are offered across many different subject areas, including health care and nursing:
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Kaplan University
Kaplan is a large school specializing in online career training. It offers degrees in many different areas. For licensed nurses, if offers an RN to BS program, or an RN to MS "bridge" degree. Nursing master's degrees are also offered in:
- Gerontology
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- MS Nurse Educator
- Informatics
- Nursing Administration
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Colorado Technical University
CTU is a large institution based on Colorado Springs with over 25,000 students. It has solid accreditation and has been ranked #1 Best for Vets in the category for online and non-traditional universities by Military Times Magazine. It offers a wide variety of associate's and bachelor's degrees, including a "completion" bachelor's for nurses:
- RN to BSN Completion
Learn more about Colorado Tech's RN to BSN Completion Degree

More on Grand Canyon accreditation:

In choosing a university, you should ensure your choice is regionally accredited, as this provides an assurance of quality as well as continual institutional program improvement.

Regional accreditation in higher education originated almost a century ago as an American process conferred by a nongovernmental agency. Today, one of the most respected agencies is the Higher Learning Commission, which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and its predecessor have accredited GCU continually since 1968. GCU obtained its most recent 10-year reaccreditation in 2007.

To be accredited, the HLC's examiners and trained peers visit GCU's campus, analyze and accept the university's operations and academic outcomes as meeting HLC's core competencies.

Additional Accreditation for Nursing Education:

- Earlier Graduation - Our 4 credit classes allow you to complete your nursing degree in less time.

- Degree Variety - GCU offers bachelors and master’s degrees, as well as post-masters certificates. We offer high-demand programs such as RN to BSN, and MSN's with multiple emphases.

- Accredited - The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions offers programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)1 and approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

- Learn From Leaders - At Grand Canyon University, classes are taught by industry leaders and subject matter experts.

- 1The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

- GCU's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions is also approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

- ²Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at

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