The Nightingale Pledge

In honour of Florence Nightingale, the Nightingale pledge was first recited by nurses in America in 1893. It has since been used in nursing graduation ceremonies around the world. The modern day nurses pledge still reflects the original citation in part.

The Nightingale pledge

I solemnly pledge myself before God and this assembly to pass my life to purity and in the practice of my profession faithfully.

I will abstain from what is deleterious and mischievous and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug

I will do all in my power to elevate the standards of my profession

And will hold in confidence all private matters that come to my knowledge in the practice of my calling

With loyalty I will endeavour to aid the physician in his work

And devote myself to those committed to my care.

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