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The Florence Nightingale Pledge

In 1893, Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and the Farrand School for Nurses wrote an adaptation of the physician’s Hippocratic Oath for nurses. It was named the Florence Nightingale Pledge in honor of the esteemed founder of modern day nursing. It has become known as the Nurses Oath.

This pledge is most often recited at nurse’s graduation/pinning ceremonies. It is also often included in programs honoring nurses such as
Nurses Week, May 6-12. Optimal choices are Nurses Day, May 6, or on May 12 which is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
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I 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 will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family
affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

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