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Help! Need Inspirational Nursing quotes or Stories

by NursieN NursieN (New) New

I am in need of some inspirational nursing quotes or stories!...Does anyone know of any good ones? Thanks!

Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul has tons :)

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

That's a very broad request. Who's the audience? What/who are you hoping to inspire?

hearts895, RN BSN

Specializes in Critical Care.

I've got a truck load of quotes:

Caring is the essence of nursing. ~Jean Watson

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

One of my personal favorites:

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

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

"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, 1992

"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, RN, quoted on RN Modern Medicine

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

- Florence Nightingale

Another one of my personal favorites:

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

- Rawsi Williams

"...the character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses."

~Jarvis, 1996

Hope these help! :)

hearts895, RN BSN

Specializes in Critical Care.

Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul has tons :)

I agree - that book has wonderful treasure trove of great nursing stories. They even made a Volume 2 of C.S. for the Nurses Soul.

*warning: some stories will make you seriously teary eyed :)

Thanks everyone for your input. They are all great!:)