As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel.
Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter's or sculptor's work.
You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you'll win, no matter what the outcome.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.
He who plants kindness gathers love.
Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.
Nursing encompasses an art, a humanistic orientation, a feeling for the value of the individual, and an intuitive sense of ethics, and of the appropriateness of action taken.
For us who Nurse, our Nursing is a thing, which, unless in it we are making progress every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back. The more experience we gain, the more progress we can make.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion.
I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.
The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.
I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.
Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.
No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this-'devoted and obedient.' This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.
Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift-there is nothing small about it.
He who sows courtesy reaps friendship.
Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.
Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.
Nurses serve their patients in the most important capacities. We know that they serve as our first lines of communication when something goes wrong or when we are concerned about health.
The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.
I'm not telling you it is going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to be worth it.
Nursing is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.
The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.
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