60+ Nurse Quotes and Gift Ideas to Show You Care

Starting Wednesday, May 6 -12, 2020 begins the start of National Nurses Week! We gathered the most inspirational and laugh out loud funny nurse quotes and gift ideas to show nurses how much we care.

Have you thanked a nurse lately?

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Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare industry. Dedication, Compassion, Strong, Selfless, and Caring are just a few of many words that remind me of the nurses I know. Words can provoke a strong emotion. We hope these nurse quotes inspire, make you laugh, and help you find the words to thank a nurse.

Also, check out our favorite Nurse Gift Ideas so you can show a nurse your gratitude. These nurse gift ideas are also perfect for nursing student graduates, Nurses Day, and Nurse Appreciation Week.

Funny Nurse Quotes

Our hard-working nurses can only truly understand these funny nurse quotes. Let humor lighten your heart and lift your mood. Enjoy!

Don’t mess with me – I get paid to poke people with sharp objects!

Yes, I am a nurse. No, I don’t want to look at it.

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Nurses are like, Thank you LORD, that annoying family member left.

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You can’t fix crazy. All you can do is document it.

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When you get report and all your patients are alert, oriented, independent.

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When the patient rings the call bell for the 10th time.

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I was washing my hands before it was cool.

Don’t ever say the “Q” word!

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How I feel coming out of an isolation room.


I don’t always need to scratch my face, but when I do, my gloves are covered in blood, urine, feces, or vomit.

Nursing – fixin’ cuts and stickin’ butts.

No, R.N. does not stand for refreshments and narcotics.

If you ever want to get punched in the throat by a nurse, say the words, “it sure is quiet around here” in the middle of her shift.


Every nurse has a best friend Pam: Lorazepam, Diazepam, and Clonazepam.

You think Mondays are bad? Try working weekends, holidays, and 12-hour shifts!

Thank you, Nurse Quotes

Trying to find the right words to say thank you for everything you do? Here are a few thank you messages to nurses.

Because of you, we live in a happier, healthier world.

The voice of a nurse can often go unheard, but her caring touch is always felt by hearts.

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A truly great nurse is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget.

Thank you for being there for me when the going got tough.

Thank you for the difficult and often heartbreaking work that you do each and every day.

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Your patients are so fortunate to have been cared for by you. I know this because you are one of the most caring friends that I’ve ever had.

You give so much of yourself to give comfort and healing to someone else. You deserve to be honored not today but always.

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Nursing is a difficult, challenging, and sometimes thankless profession. Great nurses like you deserve appreciation like no one else.

Nurses are soldiers. Fighting illness every day with unlimited kindness, compassion, empathy, and healing. I salute you.

Thank you so much for paying such close attention to my health. I’ll always be grateful for having someone like you close to me. You are awesome!

It is rare that one comes across someone so loving, compassionate, and thoughtful, and who can brighten up an entire day with a pudding cup.

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Inspirational Nursing Quotes

Save one life, you’re a hero. Save a hundred lives, you’re a nurse.

“As a nurse we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients. Their families and ourselves they may forget your name, but that will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou
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“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, & caring without even a prescription.”

Val Saintsbury
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Nurses are patient people.

Nursing is not just an ART, it has a heART.

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Nursing is not just a SCIENCE, but it has a conscience.

Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. No wonder we’re exhausted at the end of the day!

Donna Wilk Cardillo
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If love can’t cure it, nurses can.

You treat a disease: You win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you win—no matter the outcome.

Patch Adams

“To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through… that is what it is to be a nurse.”

Rawsi Williams

Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy … nurses are rarely short on caring

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Nursing is great for so many reasons, but there is one reason that means more than any poll results, amount of money, or job security: Nurses make a difference.

Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Working with a good nurse is one of the great joys of being a doctor.”

Oscar Leonard, MD
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Behind every doctor is an even greater nurse.

“There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.”

Mary Rose McGeady
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“Everyone has a purpose in life, a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”

Deepak Chopra

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.”

Mandy Hale

“If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.”

Will Smith

“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.”

Fabienne Fredrickson

“Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you.”

Madeline Bridges

“It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.”

Stephen Ambrose

“A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope.”

Carrie Latet

“It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.”

Mother Teresa

Nurse Gift Ideas That They Will Love!

These are the perfect nurse gift ideas for holidays, birthday, graduation, and even to thank them for everything they do.

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  1. Trauma Queen Totebag found on Amazon.
  2. Not All Superheroes wear capes some wear scrubs Wooden Sign found on Amazon.
  3. Cute nursing carrying case for a stethoscope and tools.
  4. Personalized stethoscope ID tag found on Etsy.
  5. Try this soothing bubble bath gift set found on Etsy.
  6. Friends theme Nurse coffee mug found on Etsy.
  7. Series 3 Apple Watch found on Amazon.
  8. Clever “Do no harm, but take no shit” bracelet found on Amazon.
  9. Cute Coffee, Scrubs, and rubber gloves shirt from Amazon.
  10. Personalized Tumbler from Etsy.
  11. Pocketguru nursing reference cards found on Amazon.
  12. Wine glass found on Amazon.
  13. Cute Nurse bracelet from Amazon.
  14. Non-slip headbands found on Amazon.
  15. Sweet Nurse’s pineapple shirt from Amazon.
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