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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

Nurses are the heart of healthcare. ~Donna Wilk Cardillo, R.N.

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 (1820–1910)

Caring is the essence of nursing. ~Jean Watson, unverified

Nurses can take the pressure. ~Nursing joke

Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring. ~Sharon Hudacek, R.N., Ph.D., A Daybook for Nurses: Making a Difference Each Day, 2004

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

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest, and not inferior to either in her mission. ~William Osler, M.D., "Nurse and Patient," 1897

Authentic service can be seen in the nurse who has nurtured herself, the healer who has been healed. It is the service we hear when the nurse can speak from her heart to the patient these simple and humble words, "I am here. Let's heal together." ~Caryn Summers, R.N., quoted in JoEllen Goertz Koerner, Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing, 2007

Nurses are angels in comfortable shoes. ~Author unknown

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon. ~Dag Hammarskjöld, unverified

Patient's sister:  "I didn't know nurses do all that."
Nicolette:  "I'm a nurse practitioner. We do most things doctors do, just with better bedside manner."
~The Resident, "00:42:30" [S2, E1, 2018], written by Harthan, Klaviter, Notarile, Deiker Restivo, & Lu

Nurses are IV leaguers. ~Nursing joke

When you're a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours. ~Author unknown

I felt as if I had been confronted by a blank wall, but panic plays no part in the training of a nurse. ~Elizabeth Kenny, 1943

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, R.N., A Daybook for Beginning Nurses, 2009

Nurses are patient people. ~Nursing joke

You know you're a nurse if… you triage the laundry at home. ~Donna Wilk Cardillo, R.N.

A nurse is compassion in scrubs. ~Terri Guillemets, "Health's helpers," 2007

I think... that if th’ Christyan Scientists had some science an’ th’ doctors more Christyanity, it wudden’t make anny diff’rence which ye called in — if ye had a good nurse. ~Finley Peter Dunne, Mr. Dooley's Opinions, 1900

If love can't cure it, nurses can. ~Author unknown

Nurses don't wait until October to celebrate Make a Difference Day — they make a difference every day! ~Author unknown

Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. No wonder we're exhausted at the end of the day! ~Donna Wilk Cardillo, R.N.

Young ladies, graduation is not the end of your training; it is but the beginning. You are not hereby married to your profession. But you are engaged! Your diploma is the diamond ring... if you are to be happy in your profession you must love it. You must feel the joy of self-sacrifice. You must have courage in dark days. You must be patient and keep smiling. Some of your work will be hard and ugly. Take care of yourself, and continue to improve in the technique of your art. Struggle to be expert, studious, skillful. Ten minutes' study a day will help you cover much ground in a year. May you have grace and strength to bear the burdens of your noble profession. ~Dean Gardner, address to graduating nurses, 1914  [a little altered —tg]

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

We'd all be worse without a nurse. ~Author unknown

Nursing care comes in many forms. Sometimes it is the ability to make someone feel physically comfortable by various means. Other times it is the ability to improve the body's ability to achieve or maintain health. But often it is an uncanny yet well honed knack to see beyond the obvious and address, in some way, the deeper needs of the human soul. ~Donna Wilk Cardillo, R.N., A Daybook for Beginning Nurses, 2009

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