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The Nightingale Pledge - Still relevant today?

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Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care.

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No offense but think the bit about "passing my life in purity" comes a bit late for some......

*LOL*

OCNRN63, RN

Specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

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I cried like a baby at my pinning.

I didn't go to my pinning because there were religious elements I disagreed with. My school threatened to not give me my pin. That turned into a battle royal; how could they withhold something I paid for? Eventually they did give me my pin, but not until the formal pinning was over.

I cried when I was capped and again at graduation when we got our graduation caps.

smartnurse1982

Has 7 years experience.

I think its the religious aspect that might offend some people.

How would an atheist nurse react to saying "I stand before God?"

What if someone was Hindu?

I think its the religious aspect that might offend some people.

How would an atheist nurse react to saying "I stand before God?"

What if someone was Hindu?

Yeah when I read that part I was glad I was not ever forced to recite this. Times have changed, it needs an update.

I think its the religious aspect that might offend some people.

How would an atheist nurse react to saying "I stand before God?"

What if someone was Hindu?

The same way we do to "one nation, under God," in the Pledge of Allegiance. With the understanding that it's an irrelevant "leftover" from an earlier time (IMO, the "under God" in the pledge is much more offensive because of its history. At least the writer of the Nightingale pledge was sincere when she wrote it). I just omit the "under God" when I say the PoA (I can't help that it's now in there, but, by golly, nobody can make me say it :)), and would do the same today with the Nightingale pledge -- although, if it were up to me, I would use one of the updated versions and omit any reference to "God."

I am still a nursing student, but did not know there was a pledge. As an atheist I would not partake in reciting it.

I am still a nursing student, but did not know there was a pledge. As an atheist I would not partake in reciting it.

Do you also refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

jayjaybsnrn, MSN, APRN

Specializes in Nephrology. Has 8 years experience.

Probably when Nightingale wrote this pledge, there was a doctor behind her dictating what to write.

Kashia, ASN, LVN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Home Health, LTC. Has 13 years experience.

Here is Wikipedia on Nightingale Pledge history.

I said it in 1999. It is beautiful traditional and of no cause to offend anyone....after all , the dollar bill

still reads.... In God We Trust

Nightingale Pledge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edited by Kashia
added link

Probably when Nightingale wrote this pledge, there was a doctor behind her dictating what to write.

Florence Nightingale never wrote anything that ridiculous. It was written and named in her honor by a nursing instructor in, I think, Detroit. Nightingale had nothing (directly) to do with it.

It is beautiful traditional and of no cause to offend anyone....after all , the dollar bill

still reads.... In God We Trust

And both are equally meaningless and pointless.

It saddens me that nurses want to abolish every bit of our history. I have no problem with the Nightengale Pledge; we said it at our capping ceremony and again when we graduated in 1985. Like others said, you don't have to take every bit of it seriously.

Besides, who is going to write a new pledge? How would we ever find a pledge that would suit everyone? We have much bigger fish to fry in our profession.

I agree. I love our nursing history and don't mind the pledge.

Definitely bigger fish to fry.

Do you also refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance?

The last time I actually recited that I was maybe five....

The last time I actually recited that I was maybe five....

HA I was probably around 6, im not sure I would even know the words.

smartnurse1982

Has 7 years experience.

The same way we do to "one nation, under God," in the Pledge of Allegiance. With the understanding that it's an irrelevant "leftover" from an earlier time (IMO, the "under God" in the pledge is much more offensive because of its history. At least the writer of the Nightingale pledge was sincere when she wrote it). I just omit the "under God" when I say the PoA (I can't help that it's now in there, but, by golly, nobody can make me say it :)), and would do the same today with the Nightingale pledge -- although, if it were up to me, I would use one of the updated versions and omit any reference to "God."

The original pledge of allegiance did not contain "God".

That was added sometime later.

The original pledge of allegiance did not contain "God".

That was added sometime later.

Yes, I am aware of the history; that was the point of my comment about finding it more offensive in the PoA than I do in the Nightingale pledge.

I really like this topic.... it defiantly brings an idea to the table that I have never have thought of before. I agree with a few things that the pledge says and there are a few things I disagree with! It should be revised. It's 2015.... our profession has changed drastically over the years and NURSES everywhere deserve to be respected as professionals with Autonomy!!