Quote from VictoriaFL84
I just don't want to draw attention to myself in class. I personally don't think a public, non-religion affiliated school should assume every student attending is comfortable reciting a religious part to a pledge when we are also learning about how to respect diversity and beliefs with our patients
Personally, I don't see how leaving a word out or even pausing would be cause for alarm or bring attention to yourself. I do understand your point, I really do. You mentioned that it is a public school and non-religious and you stated that saying the word "God" makes you feel uncomfortable and you don't believe in a religion or a faith. You don't need to say it if you don't want to. I am of the understanding that nurses accept/tolerate diversity, cultures, religions, creeds, faiths, or a lack thereof etc., which differ from their own. It is not a nurse's job perse to be biased or cast judgement on others. If anything, I see objectivity and an understanding of others more key, than being prejudice or biased.
I think schools generalize in the fact that everyone does believe in some higher being, because most do in some form or way. Which is why the word is included. But, I doubt an instructor would have a serious issue with the lack of the word being said or not.