10 Inspiring Quotes to Get You Through Nursing School

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Are you stuck in a rut during nursing school? Can’t figure out why your motivation is in the gutter?

Here are 10 nursing quotes to help you stay motivated and on fire through nursing school. 

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Encouraging Quotes for Nursing School

Here’s our list of some of our favorite quotes to help keep you inspired and motivated throughout nursing school.

If there’s one you really like from our list, or a quote you like that’s not on our list let us know in the comment section below.

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Jimmy Dean Quote that has to do with sailing and changing direction of the wind
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“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

— Jimmy Dean

Let’s face it, life doesn’t just pause the minute you walk into your first class. Nursing school itself is overwhelming, even without the added stress that is everyday life.

Whether you’re facing troubles with fellow classmates, the bills are piling up and you don’t have time to work more, or you just majorly bombed that med-surg exam, you can still make it through.

Never assume that simply because things are hard now, that they will be hard forever. If the wind is pushing you in a direction you don’t want to be going just adjust your sails, and continue on your way. 

Related: How to Pass Medical-Surgical Nursing Class

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Theodore Roosevelt quote on believing you can and you're already there
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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

Every year, thousands of nursing students step into their careers as Registered Nurses.

What’s possible for one, is possible for you.

However, if you are going into nursing school with the firm belief that you can’t make it through, you’ve set yourself up for failure

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Helen Keller quote and being together
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“Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

— Helen Keller

Study groups, anyone?

Don’t forget that there is strength in numbers, and together you can go far. 

Forming study groups and close friendships during nursing school is a great way to finish nursing school with a strong support system behind you. 

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Rosa Parks quote on mind is made up diminishes fear
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“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”

— Rosa Parks

Once you’ve made up your mind, anything is possible. 

While nursing school can be scary and intimidating, a strong mindset and desire to succeed can help you overcome any obstacle. 

Fear of failing a test or skill set can easily be overcome by putting in the work to succeed. 

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Sydney Harris quote on life is hard tempted to ask compared to what
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“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”

— Sydney Harris

This is something that has helped many students get through nursing school, by recognizing that while it may be hard there is always something more difficult out there. 

Don’t get me wrong, nursing school is hard, but put into perspective it’s completely possible and you will succeed! 

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Confucius quote on not stopping even if you're going slowly
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“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

— Confucius

There may come a time in your nursing school career where you have to look at your plate and ask yourself if you’ve taken too much on. 

While it can be appealing to get to the finish line as quickly as possible, don’t overload yourself with classes and, if necessary, take the summer off. 

You will get there when you get there, and taking care of your mental health along the way is critical. 

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Lance Armstrong quote on pain is temporary but quitting is going to last.
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“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”

— Lance Armstrong

Nursing school can be painful. 

Long hours, late nights studying, your social life is on pause for a couple of years. 

But once you make it through, you will have accomplished something that is worth being proud of. 

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Chinese proverb on getting up even after you fall.
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“If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.”

— Chinese proverb

Failed tests and quizzes do happen, but it isn’t the end of your nursing school career

Take what you learned from that experience, tweak your study plan, and nail the next one. 

Always get back up. 

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Christopher K. Germer quote on having self-compassion can change your day and moments changing your life.
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“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”

— Christopher K. Germer

All too often we can hold our fellow nursing students while they cry after a tough exam, and be gentle with them, but we don’t award ourselves that same care. 

Be compassionate with yourself, on the same level you would be compassionate with your classmates. 

Negative self-talk, or being too hard on yourself, can take a toll on your mental health while you’re in nursing school. 

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Ellen Glasgow quote on difference between rut and grave
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“The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.”

― Ellen Glasgow

Everyone falls into a rut from time to time, it happens. 

However, you don’t want to live there because it will seal your fate in school eventually. 

If you’ve found yourself in a rut, talk to classmates or a professor (even a therapist could help), to develop tools to bring yourself out of that place. 

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you’ve read through these and are motivated enough to hit those books!

What quotes help you get through nursing school? Let us know in the comments! 

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