Inspirational sayings pop up on social media all the time. Some really make you think about life and what matters.

That brings me to nurses. I can’t think of any other profession that’s so important and often overlooked. Nursing supervisors and hospital CEOs must do everything in their power to thank and inspire these dedicated souls.

Studies show that motivation is a psychological force that enables action. That’s some heavy stuff! Put simply: Motivation can keep us going when times get tough. Motivational quotes for nurses can offer the mental support needed to make it through each day.

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National Nurses Week is May 6-12 every year. The weeklong observation fittingly ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

What a perfect time to reward the nurses on your staff! Our Totally Promotional experts each year place inspirational quotes on promotional T-shirts, custom polo shirts, branded tote bags, customized snack mixes and lanyards for thousands of healthcare workers.

This year, shop Totally Promotional for sweet thank-yous for your staff. Then use our fun and inspiring quotes to show gratitude to your nurses!

50 nursing quotes for inspiration

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“Care for one, that’s love. Care for all, that’s nursing.”

“Not all angels have wings. Some have scrubs.”

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave nor took any excuse.”

“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.” — Charles Dickens

“Not all Superheroes wear capes.”

“Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“We’d all be worse without a nurse.”

“Nurses are the heart of healthcare.” — Donna Wilk Cardillo

“Save one life, you’re a hero. Save a hundred lives, you’re a nurse.”

“Be the type of nurse you want to work with.”

“It’s not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” — Mother Teresa

“Nurses are patient people.”

“Nursing is a work of heart.”

“Sometimes I inspire my patients; most often they inspire me.”

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Mahatma Ghandi

“When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.”

“May your scrubs be comfy, your coffee be strong, and your Monday be short.”

“The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.” — Carolyn Jarvis

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived … that is to have succeeded.” — Ralph Emerson

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”

“Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital.”

“Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.” — Elizabeth Kenny

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

“When you’re a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.”

“You don’t build a house without its foundation. You don’t build a hospital without its nurses.”

Do you want to speak to the doctor in charge or the nurse who really knows what is going on?

“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 Tworkowski

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

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

“If love can’t cure it, nurses can.”

Be patient with patients who are not patient.

“Nurse’s Prayer: Let me dedicate my life today to care for those who come my way. Let me touch each one with a healing hand and the gentle art for which I stand. And then tonight when the day is done, let me rest in peace if I’ve helped just one.”

“Caring is the essence of nursing.” — Dr. Jean Watson

“Hey you, nurse. You’re awesome.”

“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.” — Plato

“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion and caring without even a prescription.” — Val Saintsbury

“I’m a nurse because miracle worker isn’t an official title.”

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

“Don’t mess with me. I get paid to stab people with sharp objects.”

“Shift change is my favorite time of day.”

“Be the nurse you would want as a patient.”

“Do small things with great love.”

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

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

Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.


“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — E.E. Cummings

“It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.” — Stephen Ambrose

“Just be prepared for a long and often uncertain journey. The good stuff doesn’t come easy.” — Tim Westergren

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

10 brand-new inspirational quotes for nurses

“Nurses are the prescription doctors count on for their patients.”

“What is a nurse? A healer, hand-holder and friend.”

“Our royal family wears scrubs.”

Good nurses take blood pressure. Great nurses give dignity.

“Nurses are Ninjas on crusade, unafraid, giving aid.”


“Nurses are God’s angels on earth.”

“Great nurses are a healthy mix of dove and Bengal tiger.”

Nurses are the heartbeat of this hospital.

“Being a nurse is a walk in the park … like Yellowstone National Park, with grizzlies and falling rocks.”

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Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.

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