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August 6th, 2014

The Florence Nightingale Pledge

By Brandon Bahnemann

Many Nurses can recall the Florence Nightingale pledge which was written in 1893: 

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Most Nurses were required to memorize this pledge for their pinning or capping ceremony.  I don’t know about you but I can’t remember cell phone numbers without looking it up on my contacts let alone this very important pledge!

Times have changed…Or have they really?  To my knowledge and observation of our extraordinary Nursing staff, they all still practice this pledge today. They give passionate care to the sick and needy, they place their skilled hand on the patients shoulder giving comfort and hope when hope is lost.  We don’t need to memorize the pledge to know how to practice nursing. Nursing is a team sport and together we help each other achieve the highest level of care for our patients practicing…Do no harm.  Each of us as nurses have also been instilled with the expectation to hold in confidence all personal matter committed to our keeping-now known as HIPPA.You see, times are not so very different when you speak of Nursing care.  Today we just practice nursing with a few extra tools such as computers and care mobiles.  Our care and compassion as nurses hasn’t changed.

Florence Nightingale would be proud of how far nursing has come and the distance yet to be traveled as a profession.

I thankful I am a Nurse and can have the opportunity to work with an extraordinary team of staff.

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