A Nurses Oath: The Florence Nightingale
©2008- present By Kathy Quan RN BSN
All Rights Reserved

In 1893, Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and the Farrand Training School for Nurses
wrote an adaptation of the physician's Hippocratic Oath for nurses. It was
The Florence Nightingale Pledge in honor of the esteemed founder
of nursing and is also known as the Nurses Oath.

This pledge is most often recited at graduation/pinning ceremonies for
nurses. It is also often included in programs honoring nurses during
Nurses Week (May 6-12) or on Nurses Day (May 6). May 12 is the
anniversary of the birth date of Nurse Nightingale.

The Florence Nightingale PledgeI solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly,to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I willabstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take orknowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power tomaintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold inconfidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all familyaffairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyaltywill I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to thewelfare of those committed to my care.

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