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Nursing is a healthcare profession focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life from birth to the end of life.


  • In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.
  • Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy... nurses are rarely short on caring.
    • Sharon Hudacek, A Daybook for Nurses (2004)
  • I use the word nursing for want of a better. It has been limited to signify little more than the administration of medicines and the application of poultices. It ought to signify the proper use of fresh air, light, warmth, cleanliness, quiet, and the proper selection and administration of diet—all at the least expense of vital power to the patient.
  • 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.
  • It is as impossible in a book to teach a person in charge of sick how to manage, as it is to teach her how to nurse. Circumstances must vary with each different case. But it is possible to press upon her to think for herself.
  • Save one life... and you are a hero. Save one hundred lives... and you are a nurse.
    • Chuck Stepanek, Nursing the Corn (2005)
  • A hero is someone who happened to be in the right circumstances and took the action of great humanity. A nurse is someone who took the action of great humanity and chose to be in the right circumstances.
    • Chuck Stepanek, Nursing the Corn (2005)

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