They might not be wearing capes and possess super powers, but there is no doubt that healthcare workers are our heroes. For several centuries, healthcare and medical professionals have been the key persons when it comes to the need of tending to the sick. These people are essential workers of the society because they put other’s health first before their own.
From a view of a medical student to a tenured healthcare professional in the field and finally to a seasoned-healthcare veteran, here are some of the most influential people from around the world that share their inspirational quotes for healthcare workers.
Inspirational quotes for healthcare workers and nurses
For aspiring nurses and graduating students who have been working hard on their studies, may these quotes from famous healthcare and medical personalities remind you why you started your healthcare career journey.
“The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.”
—Dr. William Osler, Canadian physician and founder of Johns Hopkins University
“Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help.”
—Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
—Mahatma Gandhi, Anti-colonialist, Political ethicist, Lawyer
“Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw”
—Jean Watson, American nurse theorist and nursing professor
“To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can, in spite of all we go through, is to be a nurse.”
—Rawsi Williams, JD, BSN, RN, PhD
Healthcare worker appreciation quotes
We can never thank each healthcare worker enough for all the help they have given us – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. These heartfelt appreciation quotes show gratitude to anyone involved in any healthcare work.
“Nurses are there when the last breath is taken, and nurses are there when the first breath is taken. Although it is more enjoyable to celebrate the birth, it is just as important to comfort in death.”
—Christine Bell, RN
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; that is to have succeeded.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Famous American essayist, Philosopher
“When a person decides to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others.”
—Margaret Harvey, RN
A nurse is one who opens the eyes of a newborn and gently closes the eyes of a dying man. It is indeed a high blessing to be the first and last to witness the beginning and end of life.”
Motivational quotes for employees in healthcare
This part is for every healthcare and medical professional who lacks motivation lately. May these famous quotes below help you look back to the reason why you started in the first place.
“When I think about all the patients and their loved ones I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don’t remember me, nor I them. But I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them, and they to me, and those threads make up the tapestry that is my career in nursing.”
—Donna Wilk Cardillo, Author, Nurse, RN, MA, CSP, FAAN
“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.”
—Maya Angelou, Writer, Poet, Civil rights activist
“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.”
—Jamie Tworkowski, Author
Quotes from famous healthcare leaders
Some of the famous quotes from healthcare leaders and personalities from around the world.
“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.”
—Clara Barton, nurse and founder of American Red Cross
“I think health care is more about love than about most other things. If there isn’t at the core of these two human beings who have agreed to be in a relationship where one is trying to help relieve the suffering of another, which is love, you can’t get to the right answer here.”
—Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.”
—Hippocrates, ancient Greek physician
“Sometimes, the best thing we can do for our patients is to tell them what the best behavior is and then negotiate something they can live with.”
—Nancy Dickey, President of the Texas A&M Health Science Center
“America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system.”
— President Barack Obama