Just don't say the word. You have to remember this pledge was written a long time ago. I went to a public community non-religious school and we recited the Nightingale Pledge. No one ever said anything about it. You are going to encounter many people with many different religious backgrounds. Are you going to refuse to care for them because they believe in God? The pledge is important to those who work hard and understand the meaning behind it. Some schools
are not reciting it, and I think that's sad. The whole foundation of nursing in a few paragraphs now seems insignificant.
The Hippocrate's Oath for physicians starts out with: "I swear by Apollo
, the healer, Asclepius
, and Panacea
, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:.....
So, it could be worse, I suppose!