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.
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.
I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.
Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it's awkward. When it's uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions.
Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.
Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion.
You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you'll win, no matter what the outcome.
The nurses were all angels in my eyes.
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.
Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch.
Leave people better than you found them.
Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.
It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind.
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.
I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses.
Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.
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.
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.
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.
How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they're giving you an enema.
Nursing is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.
The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.
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