In celebration of National Nurses week, here are 8 notable quotes about nursing.

1. “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

2. “When a person decides to become a nurse, they make the most important decision of their lives. They choose to dedicate themselves to the care of others.” – Margaret Harvey

3. “Unless we are making progress in our nursing every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back.” – Florence Nightingale

4. "I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better... I go for anything new that might improve the past." – Clara Barton, Educator, nurse, humanitarian and founder of the Red Cross

5. “To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.” – Rawsi Williams, JD, BSN, RN

6. "Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription." – Val Saintsbury

7. “It would not be possible to praise nurses too highly.” – Stephen Ambrose

8. “The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.” – William Osler, MD