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Florence Nightingale Pledge

This modified “Hippocratic Oath” was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit, Michigan. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.

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.

As you can see this ‘Florence Nightingale Pledge’ was not written by Florence herself, but attributed to her memory more or less.
I can remember far back in the distant mists of time, why I wanted to be a nurse.
It began as a small child, when I found a bird out of its nest, or a wounded animal to care for, I would bring it home and try my best to nurture them, feed them, comfort them…sometimes they died regardless.
At 16 when I left school (in England at that time, that was the school leaving age!)…I went to my local hospital, and applied to be a student nurse.
I can recall the long table with the “Matron” some “sisters” and I’m not sure who else, all staring at this young girl seated before them…Heaven only knows what they were thinking!
The matron finally summed it up….”We are not taking any more student nurses this year, please try again next year”.
(In retrospect, maybe I should have applied to be a Veterinarian!)

I remember commenting at the time, that I had had an offer of a job at the local shipyard, as a telephonist, and I would take that position until I could apply again. The matron raised an eyebrow, and replied, “Very philosophical of you!” or words to that effect. I think I ran home and looked up ‘philosophical’ in the dictionary…I’d been called a few things in my short life, but never that!

But…it wasn’t meant to be, at that point in time at least. I got married young (18), and emigrated to Canada, got divorced and had a young child by the time that I seriously looked at nursing, once again as a career.

I went into nursing because of a financial need, and because I had always had that yearning deep inside to take care of others.
I liked people, and I liked seeing them get well…choosing psychiatry, or actually it choosing me (more on that later)…was probably both a good choice and a bad one. The ‘getting well’ part is a bit of a three paces forward, two paces back kind of theme in mental health…and if you like seeing an end result in your practice, probably not the best choice for you!
But I digress….(that’s normal for me I might add)….I wanted to say at the start of this post that although I believe in the pledge above, nursing has changed a lot over those many years. My kind of nursing, and my current employer…well, lets just say, that working with people, which was my ideal, has now been mostly replaced with working with paperwork, lack of staffing, and no real support.
More on this and other issues later….


Welcome to nursenightingale.com!

I am so happy you dropped by, whether accidentally or with a purpose in mind, because I know you will have an interesting browse through these pages once you’re here!  You might even decide to bookmark this site…as I plan to add more and more exciting stuff for nurses as time goes on.

This site is brand new, and will grow, but for now it will offer nurses a place to come and read great articles,  find informative links, plus shopping opportunities and at the very least have a good laugh, because I think we all need something to lift our spirits now and then.

The lady to your left is of course Florence Nightingale, the wonderful nurse this site is named after.  She was quite a lady, and in my mind encompasses everything we strive to become as we enter the nursing profession.  I have included her life story, and some interesting facts about her, and the work she performed so well.

Grab a cup or glass of your favorite beverage and sit back and relax…and welcome again! :)

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