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Nurses

  • And a couple of hospital nurses in the house who were about as sympathetic as a brace of grandfather clocks.

  • Nurses --- nurses, you'm all the same. Full of cheerfulness over other people's troubles.

  • ... relays of nurses left her with the relieved alacrity of acrobats alighting from a trapeze.

  • Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.

  • There is no human relationship more intimate than that of nurse and patient, one in which the essentials of character are more rawly revealed.

  • ... nursing was regarded as simply an extension of the unpaid services performed by the housewife — a characteristic attitude that haunts the profession to this day.

    • Gerda Lerner,
    • "The Lady and the Mill Girl: Changes in the Status of Women in the Age of Jackson," Midcontinent American Studies Journal ()
  • ... after several months of probation work, standing on my feet some ten to twelve hours a day, I decided that as a nurse I was a pretty good entertainer.

  • For the hearts of nurses are solid gold, / But their heels are flat and their hands are cold, / And their voices lilt with a lilt that's falser / Than the smile of an exhibition waltzer. / Yes, nurses can cure you, nurses restore you, / But nurses are bound that they do things for you.

  • She had no equal in sickness, and knew how to brew every old-fashioned dose and to make every variety of herb-tea, and when her nursing was put to an end by her patient's death, she was commander-in-chief at the funeral ...

  • Individually doctors are kind to nurses; collectively they are indifferent to an appalling degree.

  • Never to allow a patient to be waked, intentionally or accidentally, is a sine qua non of all good nursing.

  • Nature alone cures. ... what nursing has to do ... is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him.

  • No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any 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 will not do [for a nurse].

  • ... a good nurse is of more importance than a physician.

  • A nurse is caught between the doctor's invincibility and the patient's vulnerability.

    • Lynne Alpern,
    • in Lynne Alpern and Esther Blumenfeld, Oh, Lord, I Sound Just Like Mama ()
  • Nursing may be the oldest art, but in the contemporary world, it is also one of the most invisible. One of the most invisible arts, sciences, and certainly one of the most invisible parts of our health care system.

  • In the fifteen years I've been a nurse, never once, never until we went on strike can I ever remember management referring to nurses as professionals. All of a sudden we were professionals and we weren't supposed to ask for money. I found that concept real interesting.

    • Katrina Showland,
    • in Sara Ann Friedman, Work Matters: Women Talk About Their Jobs and Their Lives ()
  • Nurses do whatever doctors and janitors won't do.

  • 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; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.