Looking for Nightingale Pledge ALTERNATIVE

  1. Hi everyone,
    I'm (hopefully) graduating this May and we are starting to plan our pinning ceremony. Our class is really interested in finding a more updated variation of the Florence Nightingale pledge. Our Management instructor told us there were several. I have found one online so far. Anyone have any ideas? We are still doing a lamp lighting so we don't want to stray too far, just something that isn't so ancient!
    Thanks!
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  3. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from Kaila
    Hi everyone,
    I'm (hopefully) graduating this May and we are starting to plan our pinning ceremony. Our class is really interested in finding a more updated variation of the Florence Nightingale pledge. Our Management instructor told us there were several. I have found one online so far. Anyone have any ideas? We are still doing a lamp lighting so we don't want to stray too far, just something that isn't so ancient!
    Thanks!
    My non-sectarian alma mater didn't use the actual Nightingale Pledge, I imagine because the original had religious wording not appropriate to a state college. It was very close, though; I don't know who changed the wording, so no idea to whom credit really goes. I'll put it here and see if it works for you

    One of our instructors recited it (piece by piece, like wedding vows) and our class repeated.

    "I pledge in the presence of this assembly to practice my profession faithfully. 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 profession. I will devote myself to the welfare of those commited to my care."

    If you compare the Nightingale to this one, they are quite similar, yet the updated version works well today.

    Best of luck to you!
  4. by   julia1
    patient advocacy is a vital role of nursing, but it is often hidden from the public eye. patient advocacy means standing up on behalf of our vulnerable patients, and this is not an easy role. we must often stick our necks out and step on toes. the patient must always be front and center to everything we do in nursing. we must continuously strive to ensure the highest quality of care, safety, and that the patient's holistic needs are being met. i think patient advocacy is best captured by this immortal quote from virginia henderson (1968), "the nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life for the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the newly blind, a means of locomotion for the infant, knowledge and confidence for the young mother, a 'mouthpiece' for those too weak or withdrawn to speak."
  5. by   dianacs
    Or you could write your own pledge! That would be memorable.
  6. by   Kaila
    Hey thanks a lot you guys, these are all great suggestions. We are looking for stuff to present to our class for a vote, not sure how it will go over with faculty, but pinning is a student funded and planned project, so I think we can present a solid case for it. I just need to get through this semester so I can attend the pinning! I'm all ears if anyone else has anything. Thanks again!
    PS-really nice quote!
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    i've posted this before:

    check out these links re florence nightingale pledge and other ceremonies i just stumbled across:

    story of the the "nightingale pledge"


    Check out these modern versions of the pledge:

    alamo community college district nursing's webpage: a winner!

    "I solemnly pledge myself before god and in the presence of this assembly to faithfully practice my profession of nursing. I will do all in my power to make and maintain the highest standards and practices of my profession.

    I will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping in the practice of my calling. I will assist the physician in his work and will devote myself to the welfare of my patients, my family, and my community.

    I will endeavor to fulfill my rights and privileges as a good citizen and take my share of responsibility in promoting the health and welfare of the community.
    I
    will constantly endeavor to increase my knowledge and skills in nursing and to use them wisely.

    I will zealously seek to nurse those who are ill wherever they may be and whenever they are in need. [font=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]i will be active in assisting others in safeguarding and promoting the health and happiness of mankind."
    author unknown
    http://www.accd.edu/sac/nursing/honors.html


    College of Nursing and Health Innovation: Pinning Ceremony

    The UTA SON Professional Nursing Pledge
    With full knowledge of the responsibilities i am undertaking,
    I pledge to care for my patients with all of the knowledge, skills, and understanding that I possess, without regard to race, color, creed, politics, or social status.
    I will spare no effort to conserve meaningful life, to alleviate suffering, and to promote health.
    I will refrain from any action which might be harmful to the quality of life or health of those I care for.
    I will respect, at all times, the dignity and religious beliefs of patients under my care, and hold in professional confidence all the personal information entrusted to me.
    I will endeavor to keep my professional knowledge and skills at the highest level and give my support and cooperation to all members of the healthcare team.
    With full awareness of my qualifications and limitations, I will do my utmost to maximize the potential of the nursing profession and to uphold and advance its standards.


    virginia commonwealth university school of nursing: traditions and graduation
    http://www.nursing.vcu.edu/alumni/co.../ceremony.html
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Mar 20, '15

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