Inspirational Nurse Quotes – Honoring Those Who Care For Us

Inspirational Nurse Quotes - Honoring Those Who Care For Us

Nurses are the unsung heroes, that we often only think about when we need them – but I think they deserve more of our attention, for all that they do for us when we need them the most. This is why I wanted to take a moment today to share with you some inspirational quotes, that highlight the beauty of nurses – and give a thank you to those who are serving in this profession.

But of course, I also wanted to share with you something that made me giggle today, related to this topic (if you are a healthcare worker – bless you!) Quotes start below the video!


1. Save one life, you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, you’re a nurse. – Author Unknown

2. Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon. -Dag Hammarskjold

3. Too often we underestimate the power of a 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

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4. CARING is the essence of NURSING. -Jean Watson

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

6. Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worse, beats the hell out of never trying. -Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy

Nurses: one of the few blessings of being ill. -Sara Moss-Wolfe

7. A nurse is one who opens the eyes of a newborn & gently closes the eyes of a dying man. It is indeed a high blessing to be the first and last to witness the beginning and end of life. – Author Unknown

8. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

9. The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. – Author Unknown

10. Treat the patient as a whole, not just the hole in the patient. – Author Unknown

11. Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw. -Dr. Jean Watson, RN, Doctor, Author, and Professor

12. Nurses encompass 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

13. Nurses: one of the few blessings of being ill. -Sara Moss-Wolfe

I hope you enjoyed this little video and the quotes I had for you today! Which one was your favorite? Are there any other professions that you want me cover as a subject? Let me know in the comment section below!

Have a positive day!



  1. Hi Claudia,

    I agree! Nurses are so important and under valued. I am from the United Kingdom, and we have the National Health Service. This is an amazing thing, but seriously underfunded and in jeopardy. I can’t imagine what would happen if it got privatised. Many of the nurses go above and beyond their call of duty and they need rewarding for it. But not from medical contractors, but from careful and honest distribution of taxes.

    1. As I am writing this from the US, I pray that your health care system will never be privatized! We have so many issues over here because everything is for-profit – best of luck and many blessings! 

  2. I particularly liked the one that says “save a life, you’re a hero but save a hundred lives you’re a nurse. When you think deeply about it, you’ll see that it means that nurses are a hundred times hero. And this claim is true. We only think about them when we need them but they are more than what we see them. My girlfriend’s mother is a nurse and I cherish her alot. I urge us all to cherish any nurse we know around.

    1. Indeed we should – many blessings! 

  3. Hi! Great video, it’s funny and also shows parts of a nurses job and what they have to go through. I think nurses are really underappreciated. When my dad had an operation and stayed in the hospital. it was the nurses that took care of him and made him comfortable. They’re really friendly and love a good chat when they have the time. The quotes also show how important and kind nurses are. 

    1. I am glad that your Dad has great care for his hospital stay – I hope he recovered well – blessings to you! 

  4. i love quotes and those are some great all encompassing ones. i especially like the one about the nurse being the one to open the eyes of the newborn and close the eyes of the dying.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

  5. Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring. This is my favorite quote from your list!

  6. There’s so much nurses do that mostly go unappreciated. Heck, they are mostly looked down on. Everyone who works hard, deserves some appreciation. Nice quotes.

  7. I don’t know how nurses do it. From the U.K. and I ❤️ our nurses, they do so well under so much pressure.

  8. Thank you for sharing these. I really enjoyed reading through them. Nurse’s work so hard!

    Ami xxx

  9. Those are such great quotes, i adore nurses for their great care and services but some of them can be rude but i guess it might be due to the stress they pass through on daily bases. Sometimes i do wonder what could have been if we dont have nurses to take care of our sick ones.

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