Nurses are the most unselfish people in this selfish world we live in. They are willing to put other people’s interest in front of their own.
Shifting schedules, working at night, unstable body clock, constantly monitoring patients almost 24/7, and staying in the hospital — these are just a few reasons nurses need to be motivated to fulfill their duties.
If you are a nurse and you have been in this kind of situation every day, have you ever felt disheartened and sad seeing and experiencing these things around you? If so, you are not alone.
We all feel this way, especially you who are in this profession. That’s why we all need to be motivated to be able to continue with this journey, in your case, as a nurse.
I have compiled here several motivational quotes that can help you bear all the stress you face at work every day. I hope these give you the strength you need to pursue what you love doing – helping those who need you.
45 Motivational Quotes for Nurses who sacrifice themselves to benefit others.
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” – John Ruskin
“Hardships often prepare people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis
“Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help.” —Christina Feist Heilmeier
“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul, 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
“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
“Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
“Way back before you were born, God knew there was a need. So God picked your fertile heart and planted a caring seed. Then He waited and He watched. Knowing before too long, the desire in you to help others would continue to grow strong.” – Edwin C. Hofert
“Care for one…that’s love. Care for hundreds…that’s nursing.” – Anonymous
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare
“Where there is love, there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they’re giving you enema.” – Warren Beatty
“Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the job, every day, while we are just doing our jobs.” – Christine Belle
“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck. Your professions is what you’re put here on Earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes a spiritual calling.” – Vincent Van Gogh
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou
“Save one life you’re a hero. Save one hundred lives and you’re a nurse.” – Unknown
“Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone.” – Brittany Wilson
“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.” – Charles Dickens
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
“Most of all, you need moral courage because nursing is about the pursuit of justice. It requires you to stand up to bullies, to do things that are right but difficult, and to speak your mind even when you are afraid. I wasn’t strong like this when I started out. Nursing made me strong.” – Tilda Shalof
“The nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life for the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the newly blind, a means of locomotion for the infant, the knowledge and confidence of the young mother, and a voice for those too weak to speak.” – Virginia Henderson
“The longer I’m in the profession, the more experiences shape my life, the more amazing colleagues influence me, the more I see the micro and macro power of nursing.” – Joni Watson
“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
“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.”- Dag Hammarskjold
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” – Bruce Lee
“A nurse dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.” – Val Saintbury
“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
“When a person decides to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others.” – Margaret Harvey
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – John Powell
“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams
“Nursing encompasses 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
“A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope.” – Carrie Latet
“It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Teresa
“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.” – Clara Barton
“Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it’s awkward. When it’s uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions.” – Jamie Tworkowski
“Nurses are there when the last breath is taken, and nurses are there when the first breath is taken. Although it is more enjoyable to celebrate the birth, it is just as important to comfort in death.” – Christine Bell
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” – Mother Teresa
“At the end of the day, love and compassion will win.” – Terry Waite
“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” – Yoko Ono
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – The Bible
“Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses. We must be learning all of our lives.” – Florence Nightingale
“Whether a person is a male or female, a nurse is a nurse.” – Gary Veale
“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
“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.” – Florence Nightingale
These quotes are from different personalities, from ordinary people to influential ones. But one thing they have in common: They care for you. We care for you. Why? Because you are one of the strongest foundations of the medical world.
You have sacrificed a part of yourself to be in this profession, your time with your family, your social life, just to help other people, yet some of them don’t even appreciate your efforts.
But please remember that all your good deeds are going to be reciprocated. This article was written to deliver that uplifting message to you. You are awesome. You are loved. You are needed.
You are deeply appreciated. Whenever you feel like the world is on your shoulders once again, stop, take a look at this, meditate, and be reminded every day that there are more people who love you: your family, your friends, your patients and their family, and your colleagues. So take a step out of your comfort zone and be ready to face reality once again.
What is your favorite quote from the list above and why? Pls leave a comment below.