Nursing Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Debra Riley


How many times have you shared an image on social media that has motivated you or made you smile? We do this all the time but don’t always know the effect it has on those who have seen it – we can only hope it has had a positive impact.

Being a nurse is such a rewarding career but it can also be very difficult, those late nights and long hours, missing out on family occasions. But we do it because we love it and sometimes we just need to feel appreciated and valued.

And sometimes we just need to laugh.

So we have trawled the internet and have found some of the best nursing quotes to inspire you to keep going through the tough days. But these can also be used for a colleague who maybe needs a bit of a boost and to let them know you care.

So, if you want to find a motivational quote for nurses or a funny quote for nurses you have come to the right place.

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Inspirational Nursing Quotes

Inspirational can be described as making you feel hopeful or encouraged and we hope these quotes for nurses can do that for you or someone you know. Share them and make someone’s day a little better.

accomplished nurse

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
Dale Carnegie

This quote can of course be for anyone at anytime but we feel this can resonate with nurses who keep on going no matter what obstacles are put in their way.

compassionate nurse

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

This is so true, nurses care for others, it is why they are so good at what they do.

hope for nurses

“Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul.”
– Emily Dickinson

This nurse quote can be used in many situations to give hope to others.

important nurses

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

Surgeons know what they do alone will not save a patient’s life, it is how they are treated post surgery that will have a major role to play in their recovery.

inspire a nurse

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
– Walt Whitman

What a wonderful quote for a nurse.

life and love

“Where there is love there is life.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

How true this quote is.

love and skill

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”
John Ruskin

This can be attributed to so many professions but especially to nurses.

mother teresa quote

“It is not how much we do – it is how much love we put into the doing.”
– Mother Teresa

This beautiful and inspiring quote for nurses is so moving.

motivational quote

“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
E.E. Hale

I think this should be displayed in every ward and caring facility to inspire all carers and nurses.


“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot


smile and love

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
Mother Teresa

Something we can all spire to do everyday.

to be a nurse

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

Saving the best for last, a truly inspiring nurses quote.

Funny Nursing Quotes

Sometimes as nurses we just need to laugh and smile and what better way to do this than share a funny nursing quote. Here we have gathered together the best we can find with the hope we can put a smile on your face.


“Showering won’t be enough today; I’ll need to be autoclaved.”

Think this is one we can all relate to!

nurse charting

“I came. I cared. I charted.”

Hour by hour, day by day!

cateter nurse

“Be nice to me! I may be your nurse someday, and I’m the one who chooses your catheter size.”

Funny, but could be true!

nurses gloves

“I’ve come to the realization that I’ll touch anything as long as I have gloves on.”

How many of us have had this thought?


“Hand sanitizer has started to become your best friend.”

Can you relate?

i am a nurse

“Yes, I am a nurse. No, I don’t want to look at it.”

If we haven’t said it we have thought it.

mommy is a nurse

“I’m sorry, honey. Mommy is a nurse, so we only go to a doctor if we’re dying.”

More people should take this piece of advice.

no fuss nursing

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

We can think this but never actually say it!

nurse who knows

“Did you want to talk to the Doctor in charge or the nurse who knows what’s going on?”

Could you get away with saying this one?

registered nurse

“No, RN does not stand for ‘Refreshments and Narcotics’ ”

sedate stupid

“You can’t cure stupid, but you can sedate it.”

Don’t say it out loud!

shift workers

“You think Mondays are bad? Try working weekends, holidays and 12 hour nights”

Again, saving the best for last – have a look at Nursing Hours – see how many hours nurses really work. Maybe a good time to check out our guide to staying healthy as a nurse.

We really hope you have found something in these nursing quotes to inspire,motivate and give you a giggle.

If you have a favorite quote about nurses or a a special quote for nurses or just one that makes you laugh out loud why not send us a comment and we can add it to the list.

Sharing is caring after all.

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Thanks for reading and have a good look around.