100 Nurses Day Messages and Wishes To Thank Healthcare Heroes During National Nurses Week 2024

The week of Monday, May 6, through Sunday, May 12 (International Nurse's Day), is designated as National Nurses Week in 2024, a special time to honor and thank those dedicated and amazing men and women who take care of sick—and even healthy!—people every day of the year. Here are 100 Happy Nurses Day wishes to share!

Just one day or week doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to express our gratitude for the selfless nurses in our lives and let them know just how much we appreciate their caring nature and gentle bedside manner. But hey, it’s a start!

If you are thinking about sending a note of thanks or a gift of gratitude to a special nurse you know, one of these messages and wishes would be the perfect thing to write in a thank-you card. Some of these sayings have a serious tone, and others are more casual in nature. But what they all do is celebrate the incredible nurses who take care of us at doctor visits, during hospital stays, or at home. Handwriting one of these Nurses Day wishes in a card will be a much-appreciated extra touch as you give a little extra encouragement to some of the most hardworking, caring people out there!

100 Happy Nurses Day Messages and Wishes



1. Thank you for everything you do. You are a true hero.

2. On Nurses Day, I want to thank you for your service and dedication to keeping us all healthy!

3. Every day should be Nurses Day because there is so much to thank you for!

4. You give so many patients a reason to smile. Happy Nurses Day to you!

5. Being a nurse is a profession full of challenges and I just want you to know how much we appreciate all that you do!

6. You took the best care of my father when he was in the worst condition. Thank you for being so gentle and kind.

7. The passion you have for the patients in your care is amazing. Thank you for all that you do.

8. Are you a nurse or an angel? Without you, I couldn’t have recovered as well as I did. Thank you, and Happy Nurses Day!

9. Your dedication to your patients does not go unnoticed. You bring so many so much comfort with your excellent care. Happy Nurses Day to you.

10. Our world could not survive without dedicated nurses like you. Thank you for putting yourself out there.

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11. It’s nurse appreciation week, so I want you to know exactly how much you are appreciated! You are so patient with the love and care you provide your patients!

12. You always go above and beyond to make your patients as comfortable as possible. Thank you for your kindness.

13. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your service to the healthcare profession. You are so appreciated!
14. Since it’s Nurses Week, it’s the perfect time to let you know that all of your hard work at the hospital is appreciated.

15. You are an amazing nurse. Thank you for giving your patients so much of yourself.

16. I’m in awe of all that you do. Sending you my gratitude this Nurses Day.

17. You are an angel in scrubs! Thank you for taking such great care of us.

18. No matter how hard things get, you always give it your best shot. (Get it?)

19. What would we do without nurses? Probably die. Thank you for keeping us alive!

20. “Being a nurse means to hold all your own tears and start drawing smiles on people’s faces.” — Dana Basem

21. The world needs more nurses like you. You are the best of the best!

22. Your patients are so lucky to have a nurse like you. Thank you for all of your hard work.

23. I can’t believe you read a bedtime story to my daughter every night. You made her hospital stay a little easier, and I can never thank you enough for that. Happy Nurses Day to you!

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24. You aren’t just my favorite nurse—you are one of my favorite people! Enjoy this gift in honor of Nurses.

25. On Nurses Day, I wanted to thank you for your kind words of encouragement during my chemo sessions and for making me laugh all those hours that I sit in the chair.

26. Your sensitivity and kind bedside manner when I was an emotional wreck has not been forgotten. Thank you for being such a fantastic nurse.

27. I never felt anything less than total respect when you were caring for me, despite my fears of needles and the hospital. Your calm presence helped me through a difficult procedure, and I am forever grateful. Happy Nurses Day!

28. “Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.” — Val Saintsbury

29. I know you had to miss your son’s baseball game because you were on a shift, so I just wanted to let you know that your hard work and dedication to your patients are so appreciated.

30. “For the sick, it is important to have the best.” — Florence Nightingale

31. Nursing can so often be a thankless job, so during National Nurses Week, I want to make sure you get a big “thank you” for all that you do from me!

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Matt Napo/Unsplash

32. Your compassion and care have gone a long way in healing your patients’ souls as well as their bodies. Thank you for that.

33. “A nurse is compassion in scrubs.” — Lexie Saige

34. You brought a smile to my mom’s face for the first time in a long time after you held her hand as she cried all night long. Your kindness as a nurse will never be forgotten.

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

36. “Nursing encompasses an art, a humanistic orientation, a feeling for the value of the individual, and an intuitive sense of ethics, and of the appropriateness of action taken.” — Myrtle Aydelotte

37. “Nurses are the heart of healthcare.” — Donna Wilk Cardillo

38. You have a front-row seat to a lot as an emergency department nurse. I know it’s not an easy job, and you are forever appreciated for what you do.

39. “Save one life and you’re a hero, save one hundred lives and you’re a nurse.” — Unknown

40. You have sacrificed your own health at times to help others. Thank you for being so selfless.

41. Nurses are amazing. I am in awe of what you do and see each and every day. Happy Nurses Day and thank you for your service.

42. “Remember: Nurses are like icebergs. At any one time, you are only seeing what they are actually doing.” — Ian Miller

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43. You treat each one of your patients as if they were a family member. Your kindness does not go unnoticed. Thank you.

44. If I could request you as my nurse at each doctor’s visit, I would. You put me at ease. Thank you for being such an amazing nurse.

45. “The character of a nurse is just as important as the knowledge she possesses.” — Carolyn Jarvis

46. I was so lucky to get such a wonderful nurse during my procedure. Thank you for taking such great care of me.

47. You are literally a lifesaver. Thank you for being such an excellent caregiver.

48. “Caring is the essence of nursing.” — Jean Watson

49. It is so important for my mom to be able to trust who comes and goes into her home, and she absolutely adores you. You have become part of our family, and I can’t thank you enough for your dedication to my mother.

50. You never complained about all of my complaining! I had the best nurse and will forever be grateful.

51. I’m so impressed with how quickly I recovered from my surgery, and I know that having you as my nurse was a big part of it. Thank you!

52. Thank you for making me feel better. It’s really that simple!

53. “Always thank your nurse! Sometimes they’re the only one between you and a hearse.” — Warren Beaty

54. I was away from my friends and family for so long when I was in the rehab center but having you as my nurse made me feel less lonely. Thank you for showing me such kindness and taking such great care of me.

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55. Thank you for saving so many lives. I know it can’t be easy to risk your own health for the sake of others at times, but you are a true hero.

56. I can’t imagine how stressful it must be to work as a nurse during this crazy time we are living in right now. So thank you for your dedication to your profession and for all of those long hours you put in taking care of patients.

57. You were so loving and patient with my scared little boy when he had to get a shot. You went out of your way to talk to him and let him be a part of it, and it made a high-stress situation for me so much better as his mother. Thank you for your kindness!

58. The nurses at this hospital are exceptional! During my stay there, each one of the nurses who took care of me was phenomenal. Please enjoy this token of my appreciation and Happy Nurses Week to you all!

59. The hard work you do as a nurse and the way you do it with zero complaints is inspiring. You make the world a better place.

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Christine Wook/Unsplash

60. You risk your own life every day to help others, and that is amazing. Thank you for your bravery and dedication to your patients.

61. You have such an impact on those that you care for. Many of them might not ever see their homes again, but you are a continued source of inspiration for them despite that. Keep up the amazing work.

62. “Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the joy, every day, while we are ‘just doing our jobs.’” — Christine Belle

63. Thank you for everything you’ve done for our community, now and when we were most in need. You work such long hours, put yourself at risk, and have saved thousands of lives. We appreciate all that you do!

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64. “Nursing is great for so many reasons, but there is one reason that means more than any poll results, amount of money, or job security: Nurses make a difference.” — Brittany Wilson

65. “Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw.” — Jean Watson

66. The healthcare workers at this hospital are all so wonderful. Happy Nurses Day to each and every one of you.

67. Your strength as a healthcare worker during this challenging time in the world will not be forgotten. Nurses truly are a special kind of people.

68. Another day, another life saved. Thank you for showing up each day and being such a hero.

69. Doctors give medicine. Nurses give hope. Thank you for being an amazing nurse.

70. Your smiling face gave me the strength to push through, and my recovery wouldn’t have been the same without you as my nurse. I can never thank you enough for that.

71. The emotional support that you give your patients is just as important as the medicine prescribed by the doctors. You are an amazing nurse. Thank you for everything you do.

72. “Nurses: one of the few blessings of being ill.” — Sara Moss-Wolfe

73. Nurses are the reason why people are admitted to a hospital with anxiety and are discharged with a smile on their faces. Happy Nurses Day to you!

74. There is so much more to being a nurse than administering medicine. Thank you for being a shoulder to cry on, a therapist, a best friend, and a comedian all in one.

75. Saving lives is perhaps the most important job in the world, yet nurses are hugely under appreciated. So, this is me appreciating you. Happy Nurses Day!

76. Your service to your patients is remarkable. I am so grateful that I was on the receiving end of your care.

77. People may forget your name, but what they’ll forever remember is your care, dedication, and service. Happy Nurses Day!

78. Thank you for putting yourself at risk to keep the rest of us healthy. Happy Nurses Day.

79. You give so much of yourself to your patients. So for Nurses Week, I wanted to give you something to enjoy just for yourself!

80. Nurses are soldiers, fighting illness every day with unlimited kindness, compassion, empathy, and healing. You are a true hero and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

81. “Nurses are the hospitality of the hospital.” — Carrie Latet

82. On Nurses Day, we honor you and the incredible service that you give your patients. Even though you deserve to be honored every day for being such an incredible nurse!

83. You are calming presence in the lives of your patients. Thank you for giving them such great care during such a dark time.

84. I don’t know how you are always so cheerful, but we are so very grateful for your smiling face every time we visit the doctor. Happy Nurses Day to you!

85. “Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy…nurses are rarely short on caring.” — Sharon Hudacek

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Patty Brito/Unsplash

86. The cold walls of a hospital are made friendlier because of nurses like you. Thanks for taking such good care of me.

87. Nursing is not for the faint of heart nor the empty of heart. Your heart is huge, which is what makes you such an incredible nurse.

88. “Every nurse is an angel with a key for a healthy community! All in caring for patients is part of nursing soul!” — Alexsandar Radunovic

89. “When you are a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” — Unknown

90. A nurse gives comfort, care, and support to others when they are at their most vulnerable. On behalf of all the patients you have treated over the years, thank you for doing what you do. And doing it so well!

91. Thank you for being my personal nurse on speed dial! I know I bug you all the time about every splinter and scrape my kids get, and I am so thankful for your input. Happy Nurses Day!

92. “Nurses serve their patients in the most important capacities. We know that they serve as our first lines of communication when something goes wrong or when we are concerned about health.” — Lois Capps

93. You are a gift to all of those who have been blessed to be in your care.

94. You truly love what you do, and it shows in the incredible way you care for your patients. Every last cranky one of them! Happy Nurses Day.

95. Thank you for looking out for me. You saved my life.

96. One thing that the doctors never saw on their charts and reports? The smile you put on my face every day.

97. Real heroes don’t wear capes. They wear scrubs, work in hospitals, and are called Nurses. Thank you for being my Batman.

98. Only one thing can make the hospital a friendly place: a nurse’s smile. Thank you for everything.

99. Being in a hospital is a terrible experience, but you made me feel at home. The care and extra effort you made to make me comfortable were truly remarkable.

100. It’s so nice to know that someone so trustworthy, trustworthy, skillful, and caring is making the world a better place, patient by patient!

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