In celebration of those nurses who support patients in ways we can only scratch the surface of, we’d like to take a moment to share why we and others love nurses in this collection of nurse appreciation stories and quotes.
It wasn’t until I spent almost six days in the critical care unit of a hospital that I truly understood how incredible nurses are.
Sure, I had seen them do wonderful things for family members before.
I remember the way nurses cared for my maternal grandmother and grandfather in the days before they died. I watched nurses at Hope Hospice take care of my mother-in-law with great dignity and kindness. I’ve seen them comfort and care for my mom and my husband after surgeries or health scares.
In these moments, I saw nurses as awesome. But it wasn’t until I almost died that I saw nurses as angels. If you’ve ever been in real trouble and were blessed with great caregivers, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
And it’s not just the big things they do to help you get better. It’s all the little things, too. When you can’t take a shower for days and someone comes in and washes your hair. When you can’t get comfortable in the bed and they reposition pillows and blankets until you get some relief. Or when they learn that a cup of hot soup relaxes you and they bring it without you having to ask.
For all you wonderful nurses out there who do amazing work day in and day out, there aren’t enough words to celebrate you, but here are some that try.
Nurses Are Superheroes
“You have the ability to change lives on the daily. You may not feel like a superhero every day, but there are certain moments that you know can change that patient's life forever.” - Rachel Kenney, nursing student, writing for Odyssey
Nurses Treat More Than Physical Wounds
“While doctors diagnose illnesses and prescribe medication, surgery, or other treatments, it’s often nurses who explain medical procedures, help manage symptoms, respond to emergencies, listen to family concerns, allay patient fears, soothe worries, and find ways to make difficult situations bearable. Their role isn’t just about saving lives; it’s often about promoting and preserving quality of life.” - Laura Raines, writing for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nurses Never Stop Caring
When you are a nurse and you care for others, it’s a commitment to a lifestyle, not just a job. As Deborah S. Almauhy, PhD, JD, once described her far-reaching role as a nurse: “I’m a nurse at every family picnic, neighborhood gathering and kids’ ballgame. I’m a nurse when friends are sick and [when] parents get older and turn to you for help. Nursing is a part of my protoplasm.”
Nurses Serve With Passion
“Not many people are capable of doing what you do, and even fewer are capable of doing it with the charisma and passion you do it with.” - Gil Wayne, RN, writing for NurseLabs.com
Nurses Look for the Good In Others
“Nurses are constantly reminded of the necessity of valuing the dignity and worth of every person. As a result, we become better people. Our souls are healed. We develop communication skills and open hearts which make us more loving members of our own families. We become tolerant, and appreciate the diversity of all of the people on this earth. Perhaps that is the biggest benefit of being nurses. We become more caring, and honorable people.” - Patricia Bratianu, PhD, RN, RH-AHG, writing for PracticalNursing.org
Nurses See Everything… And Still Show Up the Next Day
"You’re going to be there when a lot of people are born, and when a lot of people die. In most every culture, such moments are regarded as sacred and private, made special by a divine presence. No one on Earth would be welcomed, but you’re personally invited. What an honor that is." – Thom Dick