May 12 marks the annually celebrated holiday that honors nurses and the integral care they provide for our healthcare system and patients. The day was initially created to raise awareness of the important role nurses to play in society by “advocating, leading and caring,” which also serves as the slogan of the American Nursing Association. May 6 is the beginning of National Nurses Week, a week-long celebration that comes to a close on May 12, which serves as International Nurses Day and is also Florence Nightingale's birthday. Nightingale is an English nurse who has been credited with being the founder of professional nursing. Her rise in nursing popularity is especially due to her innovative work during the Crimean War in 1854.

The long-standing tradition of National Nurses Week began in October of 1954, the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s work in Crimea. National Nurses Day was introduced as the date for the observance in 1982. In celebration of this momentous day, Latin Times has compiled 12 inspirational quotes that remind nurses, and others alike, of the importance of the work done by nurses and dedication, found within the workers of the nursing field.

“It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly.” -- Stephen Ambrose

“Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.” -- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

“The nurses were all angels in my eyes.” -- Randy Castillo

“It's a beautiful thing when a career and passion come together.” -- Anonymous

“Nursing is a work of heart.” -- Scrubs Magazine

“As a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” -- Metro Nursing Service

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.” -- Steve Jobs

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” -- Leo Buscaglia

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” -- Gibran Khalil Gibran

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” -- Marvin J. Ashton

“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

“Nurses have come a long way in a few short decades. In the past, our attention focused on physical, mental, and emotional healing. Now we talk of healing your life, healing the environment, and healing the planet.” -- Lynn Keegan