I was just told in class we'd be reciting the nurse's pledge before each class and at graduation. My issue with this is the first line.. has anyone else come across this issue? It's not a religious or privately funded school. I don't belong to a faith so pledging to a god makes me uncomfortable. How would you handle it?
Here is the pledge:
Before God and those assembled here, I solemnly pledge:
To adhere to the code of ethics of the nursing profession.
To cooperate faithfully with the other members of the nursing team and to carry out faithfully and to the best of my ability the instructions of the physician or the nurse who may be assigned to supervise my work.
I will not do anything evil or malicious, and I will not knowingly give any harmful drug or assist in malpractice.
I will not reveal any confidential information that may come to my knowledge in the course of my work.
And I pledge myself to do all in my power to raise the standards and the prestige of the practical nursing.
May my life be devoted to service, and to the high ideals of the nursing profession.