Do we have an oath for nurses I don't know about?

  1. 0 Killer nurse on TV's "Criminal Minds"

    So did anyone watch this new show tonight? The new "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" that had a killer nurse on a rampage. Anyway, I was curious to know if any nurses out there swore an oath to care for patients. Forrest Whitaker's character said something about nurses having sworn an oath to care for people and I thought that was odd since I never knew we had an oath. I mean, I know about the Hippocratic oath but I always thought it was for physicians.

    Do we have an oath for nurses I don't know about?
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Mar 3, '11 : Reason: clarified content thread
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  3. Visit  BrookeeLou_RN profile page
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    Been doing this 23 yrs..never had any oath! TV likes to make the public believe things!
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  4. Visit  regularRN profile page
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    Yeah... no oath. Just peace of mind.
  5. Visit  ComeClarity profile page
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    Nurses have the Nightingale Pledge. We recited it at my graduation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightingale_Pledge

    The version we recited was a little different than that one, but the same gist.
  6. Visit  regularRN profile page
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    I have never heard of the "Nightingale pledge". Certainly not something that was addressed when I qualified as an RN in1987, just an honor system of "first do no harm" as an advocate for the patient.
    Out of interest, did Florence ask her team of nurses to take the "Nightingale pledge"?
  7. Visit  Mulan profile page
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    no oath, no pledge, nothing
  8. Visit  ComeClarity profile page
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    Hahaha.. I think it was just something that was made up later on down the line.

    You do know what our international symbol is, right?
  9. Visit  idahostudent2011 profile page
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    I haven't ever heard about this "oath" I mean we are taught throughout school for the do no harm, but no oath....wow this woman was very nutty on that show....Lopping off tongues on an awake person..ew! sick and wrong...
  10. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page
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    recited nightingale pledge as lpn 77 and rn 82 as part of pinning ceremony.

    see previous threads on a more modern versions:
    looking for nightingale pledge alternative (204645) - nursing for ...
    Fiona59, sevensonnets, PurpleLVN, and 1 other like this.
  11. Visit  Trenia profile page
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    Quote from idahostudent2011
    I haven't ever heard about this "oath" I mean we are taught throughout school for the do no harm, but no oath....wow this woman was very nutty on that show....Lopping off tongues on an awake person..ew! sick and wrong...
    That's kiddy stuff for criminal minds. The show is always crazy.
  12. Visit  NamasteNurse profile page
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    The Nightengale Pledge is not new and it is said at most graduation/pinning ceremonies, you may have forgotten it being so excited! We did it with candles and everything, very beautiful and inspirational.
    Here's a link that sheds light...hope this helps

    http://www.countryjoe.com/nightingale/pledge.htm


    http://www.countryjoe.com/nightingale/pledge.htm
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  13. Visit  nurse2033 profile page
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    If TV was real it wouldn't be on TV.
    Fiona59 likes this.
  14. Visit  Love_2_Learn profile page
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    I remember the Nightingale Pledge at our pinning ceremony in 1990. Like someone else said, we had lit candles and it was held in a pretty little Methodist church. I remember it was very nice and helped me to remember how being a patient advocate and an upstanding citizen would be important as people look at nurses in a special way.


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