Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

“My Favourite Nursing Quotes.” by Daniel Gooding

Given that today is the day I am attending an NHS70 event, I’m sure there will be more great nursing quotes along the way, but for now, I’m going to look at my favourite nursing quote or quotes, as there is more than one.

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams

This quote has essentially gotten me through every difficult moment in my nurse training. And I think with nursing developing as a profession, no longer being handmaidens, it rings true. As nursing is becoming more highly skilled, the tougher the train ought to become. Being a student nurse isn’t just about hand handing and knowing how to give medication. It’s biology, chemistry, Pharmacology, sociology, psychology, law etc.

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” – Patch Adams

Person/Family-centred-care is vital, and this quote serves as a vital reminder. I didn’t always understand it, I use to think, if you “lose”, the person dies. However, once of the lessons that I remember from my care of the elderly job is the importance of a “Good Death”. People try to live how they please so surely people have a right to die where they want with certain things around them. A good death, whilst losing the fight against a disease, is treating the person, and winning. Every time.


“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

What inspires me about this quote is that its what I strive for, and I am some way off yet. But hard work trumps talent when talent doesn’t work hard, in the same breath, if I don’t give excuses as to why I did not do something, if I work hard, I know I will succeed.

“Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.” – Hugh Jackson Brown Jr.

Because of my faith, I believe this quote. I believe that there is always something that can be done. With modern medicine, it’s vary rare that we end up in a hopeless situation, and when we do, there’s always something we can do. It comes back to that Patch Adams quote about treating the person.

“Students, you do not study to pass the test. You study to prepare for the day when you are the only thing between a patient and the grave.” – Mark Reid

This quote always gets me fired up! It makes me want to learn all I can about the human body. As nursing is evolving, the emphasis to step up when a person is critically sick doesn’t just fall on the doctors, but on the nurses too. During my training, I have worked with Advance Nurse Practitioners who take the lead in the medical care for those in their care. I have worked on units where the care is nurse lead, where the nurse takes the lead and the doctors are there to confirm or support. Healthcare is changing and with it, we must change too.

What are your favourite quotes? Which one of the quotes above do you feel inspired by the most?

Thanks for reading,


What inspired you to write this blog?

The Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery 30 Day Challenge


What is your role?

Third Year CYP Nursing Student -  Leader - Nursing Activist - RCN SIO of the Year 2018


What are your nursing and/or midwifery qualifications?

Third Year CYP Nursing Student


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