Nursing Quotes and Inspirational Sayings

The fine art of providing caring and healing touches is nowhere more evident than in those who pursue a nursing career.

The Fine Art of Nursing

“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,” advised Florence Nightingale.

Ms. Nightingale cautioned, “Unless we are making progress in our nursing every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back.”

She taught, too, “The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.”

There you have it. “Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small about it,” exhorted Florence Nightingale. She also offered, “Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head … how can I provide for the right thing to be always done?”

Inspirational Quotes for Nurses

“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon,” observed Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations. In writing the foreword to Markings, a collection of thoughts by this Swedish diplomat, British poet W. H. Auden recounted how Mr. Hammarskjöld was in an auto accident. The Secretary-General’s last thought before losing consciousness was, “Well, my job’s done.”

However, the care that nurses gave Mr. Hammarskjöld helped him recover.

Another strong supporter of the U.N. who led “Sri Chinmoy: Peace Meditations at the United Nations” until his passing in October, 2007 Sri Chinmoy remarked the restorative touch transforms with, “A good thought changes everything it touches for the better.”

“Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is,” advised Norman Cousins, known for curing himself of an “incurable disease” by watching funny movies for three straight months. Laughter is the best medicine for some.

For others, “After two days in hospital, I took a turn for the nurse,” quipped comedian W. C. Fields. Another wisecrack warned, “Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home.”

If you’re a nurse reading this, what has your nursing career taught you? If you’re applying to nursing schools, why are you inspired to pursue this fine art of caring with the heart?

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