This article 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 from RNs 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 their 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.
“Just a nurse…Yes, it is true. I am just a nurse. A nurse that has protected thousands of patients from harm. A nurse that advocates for the rights and available resources for my patients and their families. A nurse that saves someone’s life nearly every single day. A nurse that empowers people with the education necessary to independently manage their health. So yeah, I am just a nurse. What’s your superpower?” —Critical Care RN of 25 years
“Caring for people in any capacity is complex, multifaceted, and always interesting. Nursing brings forth an entirely new set challenges that always keeps me invested in learning how to become better at my job each day. So far, I am in love with being a Registered Nurse.” —Long Term Care RN of 1+ year
“We practice selfless devotion for our patients and their families. Often times we miss out on a lunch break and we hold our bladders until we cannot any longer. As RNs, we always put our patients’ needs before our own. We are nurses—earthbound angels for those who need us.” —Oncology RN of 20 years