Certified Nurses Day is marked annually on March 19 to honor nurses and other health care providers. Margretta "Gretta" Madden Styles, an expert in the field of nurse credentialing, was born on this day.

The past year has proved the importance of health care providers, who like true heroes fought the COVID-19 pandemic. On this day, take the opportunity to thank all certified nurses for their dedication, achievements and commitment to patient safety.

Here are some quotes about nurses, courtesy Southern Living and the International Council of Nurses:

  1. "Nurses are the world's life-savers. They are risking their own health and too often sacrificing time with their family to help those suffering from COVID-19." – Robert Mardini
  2. "The safety of health care workers during this pandemic is crucial for communities to overcome the disease. They not only save people from COVID-19, they also ensure the continuity of life saving health services to protect people from accidents and other illnesses." – Jagan Chapagain
  3. "To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can, in spite of all we go through; it to be a nurse.” – Rawsi Williams
  4. "Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts." – Charles Dickens
  5. "Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription. " – Val Saintsbury
  6. "Nurses are the heart of healthcare." – Donna Wilk Cardillo
  7. "America's nurses are the beating heart of our medical system." – Barack Obama
  8. "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.
  9. "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.
  10. "Being a nurse means to hold all your own tears and start drawing smiles on people’s faces. Nursing is sacrificing.” – Dana Basem
  11. "A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope." – Carrie Latet
  12. "Caring is the essence of nursing." – Jean Watson
    Nurse Komal Kaur prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California
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