Quotes about Nursing to Live By

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”

— Maya Angelou

Toxic duties. Sleepless nights. Stressful orders. Tired feet. Yup! We have it all. Ask a nurse the definition of stress and she knows it. Well, well. Let’s take a break from our busy lives, breathe and try to relax with all these quotes and how they relate to nursing. Maybe a good laugh is what we need to de-stress ourselves from everything life throws at us lately. So, are you ready nurses? Sit back, relax, and get ready for a string of quotes that may tug at your heart dearly.

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m going to tell you it’s going to be worth it.” ~Art Williams

Yup. The road to nursing is never easy. As soon as you step foot on nursing school, you begin to question your ability to survive all those that lay ahead. You are given tons of assignments every night, you spend sleepless night studying for a quiz, you are given nose-bleed inducing exams, strict clinical instructors, scrubs to finish and complete, NCPs to be done almost every day, weird sounding drugs to learn and memorize. Those are only for nursing school life, but add up uncooperative patients, grumpy doctors, toxic duty shifts and a heavy workload, then you have the reality version of nursing. In every step of the way, you get to encounter difficulties that would challenge you. You almost want to give up, however, at the end of the day, a simple smile from your patients is worth all the sacrifices you made. Trust me, when you become a nurse, a “thank you” from the patients would feel like gold to you.

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” ~Maya Angelou

We all know that nothing is constant even in nursing. In the hospital, patients come and go. They may stay for a while, but there will always come a time that they have to leave the hospital and be discharged. Those people may go on with their lives and you go on with yours, catering to other patients in need. However, at some point, your roads get to cross again. At that moment, they will remember you, not exactly for all the things you did for them, but on how you made them feel while they were staying at the hospital during one of the most difficult times of their lives. Treat you patients as your friends, but in a more professional manner. Staying in the hospital might not be in every person’s wish list, but be sure that when the time comes that they get admitted, you make their stay worth it, like their second home away from home.

Nurses are angels in comfortable shoes”

Yes, indeed. We help save lives, but we don’t need all those fashionable stilettos to parade inside the clinical area. When a life is at stake, you need to act quick. When that time comes, you must have a trusty shoe that would prevent you from slipping and falling, with such, you can act as quickly without risking yourself from being the next patient.

“The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses”

Nursing is not only about knowledge, though ample knowledge about the profession and related concepts is one of the essentials. Instead, it is a combination of Knowledge, skills and attitude. A good nurse is not only intelligent and skilled, but she is armed with a great deal of compassion, strength, empathy and many more.

“To do what nobody else would do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through, is to be a nurse.”

Nurses, as we are, we perform numerous things one would think is too gross for others to do. Yeah, we clean butts, insert IV lines, dress hideous wounds, assist in scary operations and all other not-so thrilling stuff. We go through hell to become a nurse, and back as we continue to trudge the path that we have chosen. The job of a nurse isn’t easy, as well as it is not something anybody else but someone with a strong-willed heart, a great deal of strength and compassion will do.

Nursing is a roller coaster ride. Some days, you get high, some days you feel low. There are times you might hate it, but there are times you feel so thankful that you are a nurse. Being a nurse is hard, you need to be tough in order to survive all the constant challenges thrown in our way, but we must not forget the joy of how it is to be able to touch lives, to care for the sick and all the little joys we experience being modern day superheroes. We might not have a cape, but we help save lives. Cheers to us, nurses!

Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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