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

Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription. -Val Saintsbury

To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse. – Rawsi Williams

Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their biggest strength and fatal flaw. –Dr. Jean Watson

Our job as Nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the joy, every day, while we are ‘just doing our jobs.’ -Christine Belle

Healing yourself is connected with healing others. -Yoko Ono

The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me. -Clara Barton

To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care. -Mandy Hale

You don’t build a house without its foundation. You don’t build a hospital without its Nurses. –Anonymous

Nurses Know: The mind can only look. The heart can truly see. -Carol Gino

Nurses quietly go about their work in a noble profession, uncelebrated soldiers toiling through the days and nights in service to the sick, the injured and the dying. -Steve Lopez

You’re going to be there when a lot of people are born, and when a lot of people die. In most every culture, such moments are regarded as sacred and private, made special by a divine presence. No one on Earth would be welcomed, but you’re personally invited. What an honor that is. -Thom Dick

They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system. – President Barack Obama

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. – Napoleon

The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed. It blesses him that gives and him that takes. – Unknown

The heart that gives, gathers. -Tao Te Ching

Nine-tenths of our sickness can be prevented by right thinking plus right hygiene–nine-tenths of it!   -Henry Miller

The nurse who can smile when things go wrong is probably going off duty.

We’re armored against our own troubles. We can’t afford to give in to despair. Then you see someone else struggling, and it breaks your… heart. – Sean Stewart

Diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of practice. – Martin H. Fischer

Medicine is the only profession that labours incessantly to destroy the reason for its own existence. – James Bryce

The patient does not care about your science; what he wants to know is, can you cure him? -Martin H. Fischer

It is not a case we are treating; it is a living, palpitating, alas, too often suffering fellow creature. – John Brown

Disease is war with the laws of our being, and all war, as a great general has said, is hell. – Lewis G. Janes

It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy. – Chinese Proverb

Despite all our toil and progress, the art of medicine still falls somewhere between trout casting and spook writing. – Ben Hecht

Cancer is a word, not a sentence. – John Diamond

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts. – Charles Dickens

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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

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest. – William Osler

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

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

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing. — Mother Theresa

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow. — Orison Swett Marden

Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy. — Chogyam Trungpa

Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food. — Joseph Butler

Nursing isn’t what you do it’s who you are. -Unknown

Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited. – Rose Dorothy Freeman

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. -Mother Teresa

 Do you want to speak to the Doctor in charge, or the Nurse who really knows what is going on? -Unknown

Always thank your nurse. Sometimes they’re the only one between you and a hearse.  – Warren Beatty

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it. –Marianne Williamson

Healing is a matter of time but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. – Hippocrates

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 Tworkowksi

Being a nurse means to hold all your own tears and start drawing smiles on people’s faces. – Dana Basem

Nursing is Sacrificing with and for Humanity! – Unknown

Every Nurse is Angel with a Key for Healthy Community! All in Caring for Patients is part of Nursing Soul! – Aleksandar Radenovi

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

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

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

If love can’t cure it, nurses can. – Unknown

The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe. – Florence Nightingale

Nurses serve their patients in the most important capacities. We know that they serve as our first lines of communication when something goes wrong or when we are concerned about health. – Lois Capps

Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse. – Elizabeth Kenny

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

The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses. – Carolyn Jarvis

You treat a disease: You win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you win—no matter the outcome. — Patch Adams

In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do. — Dorothea Dix (superintendent of women nurses for the Union Army)

I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel. – Florence Nightingale

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