This blog was originally Published on Calling All Nurses – Many registered nurses find themselves being their biggest cheerleaders as they work diligently in protecting their patients from harm, empowering their patients and their family members with necessary education, and selflessly meeting all of their patients’ needs that otherwise would go unmet.
In our attempt to celebrate the positive aspects of nursing, and to highlight what drives registered nurses to compassionately care for those within our nursing communities, we often share inspirational quotes with our colleagues and those who advocate for the recognition that RNs and every nurse practitioner deserves.
In this monthly series, you will find three inspirational quotes from registered nurses of diverse backgrounds and experience levels. We hope that our words will help to inspire, energize, and ignite your passion to join us in our mission to maintain nursing excellence in the delivery of patient care.
“Nursing is a commitment to doing whatever it takes to provide safe and effective care for our patients regardless of personal gain. It is never considered a loss when we miss our lunch break, or experience discomfort from holding our bladders too long. What is unfortunate is that people in many other professions may never get the opportunity to feel what it is like to positively impact the lives of people in the ways that RNs do. I believe that this in itself is the greatest form of compensation.” —Critical Care Nurse with 10+ years experience
“When the day is long, and sweat drips from my brow, I pray for the strength to get the job done. When my head spins, and my feet swiftly step, I pray for the endurance to get the job done. When the tasks pile up, and the demands seem to never cease, I pray for the agility to get the job done. But when my hand holds the hand of someone in need, and my compassionate care soothes their anxieties, I know in that moment that my prayers have been answered.” —Medical Surgical Nurse with 6+ years experience
“I used to wonder what it would be like to be a doctor…make more money, be able to diagnose and prescribe treatments independently, gain the respect from others based on my academic and professional achievements…but then I remembered one very important thing: I didn’t need to become a doctor to do that. Now I am a Nurse Practitioner who has the best of both worlds!” —Nurse Practitioner with 11+ years of experience
Please share these inspiring words with the ones you love, and remember to give thanks to those who take pride in your well-being!