Today we celebrate Nurses day. I came across the Nurses’ Pledge while doing my research and while most of us did not have to take an oath to do our daily jobs, this reminded me of how much each Nurse has to give of themselves for 12 hours of the day for the patients.
What an honour it is to have such a wonderful team of dedicated staff ensuring that all patients are well taken care of. We salute you and thank you!
On 12 May 1820, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy. Her legacy in not only the science of nursing, but also the art and value of nursing as an independent and recognised profession, is still visible today and is globally celebrated on International Nurses’ Day (12 May) each year. The original Nightingale Pledge, composed in 1893 by Lystra Gretta is an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians and emphasises the following principles:
Leading by example
Here is a version of the pledge as used in South Africa.
Nurses’ Pledge of Service
I solemnly pledge myself to the service of humanity and will endeavour to practise my profession with conscience and with dignity.
I will maintain, by all the means in my power, the honour and noble tradition of my profession.
The total health of my patients will be my first consideration.
I will hold in confidence all personal matters coming to my knowledge.
I will not permit consideration of religion, nationality, race or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life.
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.
This version is different in a number of respects to the original Nightingale Pledge. If anyone can throw any light on the origins or history of this updated version, your feedback would be most welcome. Please email your information to email@example.com
Source: ©2004-2020 South African Nursing Council (Under the provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005)