You're only as sick as your secrets. They can isolate you, or leave you paralyzed. If you're not careful, secrets can become your entire identity. But you only have to be brave enough to tell one person, and then it isn't a secret anymore.


Keon: In school they teach you about risk. You think you know everything can change in a second, but you don't. Not really, not until it happens. How do you do it? How are you not afraid all the time?
Dr. Banks: You are. You're afraid so much it becomes a part of the ir you breathe. You feel it, and then you push through anyway for your patients.

Gabby: Is this the part where you give me a pep talk about how life is precious or something?
Wolf: Nope. This is the part where I tell you to stop being such a selfish dick.

Grace: Before today, I hadn't been in the OR in over a year. Last time was a routine surgery, but I made a mistake, a big one. And I had.a choice: I could either keep quiet and protect myself or I could tell somebody. It's the scariest thing that I ever did, but it saved the patient's life. And I got fired.
Maki: Do you regret it?
Grace: Not for a second.

This is your mess, and you're gonna clean it up if I have to watch you do it! Go on then, get to it! You think changing a bed or cleaning up puke is beneath you? This is nursing, this is what we do. When a patient is sick or scared, we reassure them that someone sees them, lets them know they are more than their illness.


Grace: You do not get to tell someone else's secret.
Ashley: Oh, come on. I wasn't going to. Someone should tell him. It's cruel to lie.
Grace: We don't get to make that decision, Ashley; people keep secrets for a reason.
Ashley: Like when they don't want everyone to know they almost killed someone at their last job? I heard you left sponges in a patient after surgery.
Grace: Whatever you think you know, whoever you think that I am, you're wrong.

Dr Wallace: You know, a lot of people don't like working in the ER. It's too hectic, too risky. But me, I like how simple it is. No matter who or what comes through that door, I have one job; just keep them alive.
Grace: Yeah. Feels weird not to do that.
Dr. Wallace: Doctors and nurses practice different medicine. I can stitch them up, send them off to surgery, even restart their heart, but once they make the choice to refuse those options, my work for the patient is done.
Grace: Yeah, but mine isn't.

Maki: I know what's next. My father died of lung cancer.
Grace: I'm sorry.
Maki: It was awful. My family, we, we watched him suffer through so much. Doctors make a lot of promises about buying time, but the time they buy is miserable. I won't put my son through that!

Keon: That Queens game? That insane tackle? I walked away, the other guy didn't. He doesn't walk at all anymore. Spinal cord injury.
Trent: Damn. I didn't ... I didn't know.
Keon: That was the angle. Hit him just right to fracture a C5 vertebrae. It was just a routine play for me, but changed his life forever
Trent: That's not your fault, man. You know that, right?
Keon: I quit football because I wanted to be a nurse. I don't want to hurt people anymore; I want to help 'em.

Grace: But I'm not an OR nurse anymore.
Sinead: And I'm not a lab technician. Yet here we are.
Grace: I haven't been in the OR in over a year.
Sinead: This hospital wouldn't survive without donors, and my paper cut is still bleeding from the giant check the Yamatos just gave us. If she wants you in the OR, you go in the OR.

Ashely: You know, if you side-eye any harder, they're just gonna spin the whole way around.
Wolf: Huh? What? Ashley, I was just, you know ... The, uh ... Ash, you're the kindest, most loyalest person I know, but when you don't like someone ...
Ashley: Look, I do not have to be nice to her just because she's your new bestie.
Wolf: Are you jealous? Come one, you know I'll always love you first. Come, hugs.
Ashley: No, no, no, you are so lucky it is impossible to give someone a wedgie in scrubs.

Dr. Banks: Are those Becky Green's vitals?
Keon: Yeah. Take good care of this one, Doc, she's a friend.
Dr. Banks: I treat all my patients like they are.

Nurses Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

For the last time, I'm not sick, I am just dying. And I can walk. My lungs are toast, not my legs.


People say you're only sick as your secrets. And hospitals are full of secrets. Some are harmless, but others, whispered in the wrong ear. Well, they can be fatal.