Motivating the Nurse in All of Us - page 2

We were just thinking of the different types of members we have and what motivates them to do what they do. We have retired nurses, veteran nurses, first-time nurses, nursing students, those who... Read More

  1. by   leslie :-D
    i had to actively search for a quote/saying, that reflects my philosophy of life, and how i have chosen to live.

    i truly live and die by the following:

    " The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

    Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people may think or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.

    The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

    And so, it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes. " - Charles Swindoll -

    we really are in control.

  2. by   studentnurse50
    This one got my through nursing school, I apologize but I don't know who originally said it;"Courage doesn't always roar. *Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day which says, I will try again tomorrow."
  3. by   sapphire18
    "Because Flo said so!" -The mantra of my graduating nursing class

    I like this one too:

    “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

    “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, RN

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

    and some funny ones:

    “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.” —W.C. Fields
    “How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they’re giving you an enema.” —Warren Beatty
    “Always thank your nurse. Sometimes the only one between you and a hearse.” —Carrie Latet

    *Found these at*

    I also used to be part of a fb group called "Nurses: We Keep Doctors from Accidentally Killing You"
  4. by   minnymi
    another one that encouraged me more than once...

    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. by   sweet~revenge
    "If it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger."

    I believe that was Conan the Barbarian Love that guy.
  6. by   simonemyheart
    Praying that I can leave bedside nursing as soon as possible. I hate it, it's depressing, it make me want to crawl up in a bed and die.

    I cry on my way to work, at work, and leaving work.

    I am motived by the Lord and pray for His strength everyday.
  7. by   NeuroNinjaRN
    More and more, I find the first line of Desiderata by Max Ehrmann popping up as a mantra when I'm at work: "Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence." There's something strangely soothing about it when forty people want my attention and every piece of equipment on the unit is alarming at the same time. )

    My all-time favorite quote, which has inspired and encouraged me through many a difficult day, comes from the movie A League of Their Own: "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great."
  8. by   sunflowergirlRN
    "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning how to dance in the rain!"
  9. by   NRSKarenRN

    "The sky's the limit if your heart is in it"
  10. by   SweetPEI
    No man is an island, no man stands alone
    Each man's joy is joy to me
    Each man's grief is my own
    We need one another, so I will defend
    Each man as my brother
    Each man as my friend

    We are all part of one race, the human race. Healthcare is a a field that truly exemplifies that. There are few who will refuse to throw away pride and prejudice when that line between life and death draws close together. Caring for others in itself should motivate us to want to care even more. We may not always get the result we hope for, but our diligent care can reach beyond the patient and extend into family's friends, staff and many other people's hearts.
  11. by   nursel56
    In the last few years I've discovered not all my motivators are upbeat. A job I had for about 5 years taxed my patience to the point I began to feel angry, even though my analyzing brain knew what was and wasn't a real cause for those feelings. One evening when I felt I was at the end of my rope this quote popped into my mind - it shifted my perceptions enough to allow the anger to melt away, and since I was not at work, I cried. For myself, my patients, and the whole damn world.
    The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
    It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
    The Merchant Of Venice Act 4, scene 1, 180-187

    I think of it often. It reminds me to have "mercy" for my own frailties as I attempt to dig deep and delay the impending freak-out for a while.
  12. by   GitanoRN
    one of my motto's which motivates me is reflected on my chosen signature....
    nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending~ ee maria robinson

    our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become.

    in addition, i recently saw a remake of fame and it's quote became embedded in my brain which goes as follows and i quote " dream it, earn it, live it,"
  13. by   bearcat194
    That one is pretty close to my personal favorite; "You don't have to be great to start, but you must start to be great" I cannot remember who said it.