The Florence Nightingale Pledge is an oath nurses take as they embark on the caregiver role, often recited during what’s called a “pinning ceremony,” which nearly all nursing programs, from traditional to online accelerated BSN programs, hold during graduation. This pledge is a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath, which is taken by new physicians, and was originally composed in 1893. Since then, the Nightingale pledge has been modernized to increase its relevancy to contemporary values. As a result, a few different versions of the Nightingale Pledge have been used.
Since we now live in such a connected, social media saturated culture, we believe it’s time for an even more modern version of this statement of ethics and principles for those who vow be a nurse.
The Nightingale Pledge
I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully.
I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.
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 calling.
With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.
New social media-influenced version
4 Things New Nurses Must Promise at Your Nursing School’s Pinning Ceremony (#NeverForgetFlorence)
Before all believers and non-believers too, everyone gathered here and those I’m texting with, I promise to bring it #NurseLifeForSure! (Tweet this.)
I will avoid career damaging behavior, and will not give patients harmful drugs nor take any myself #MayHaveAFewBeersOnOccasion (Tweet this.)
I will be professional, taking great pride in being called a nurse, and I will keep my mouth shut #BecausePatientsNeedToTrustMe (Tweet this.)
I am part of a team and I will support them, and dedicate myself to my patients and their families #WeAllKnowNursesMakeItHappen! (Tweet this.)
If you are ready to take a pledge about starting a new nursing career, contact us about our accelerated nursing programs today.