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The Florence Nightingale Pledge

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

I will do all in my power to 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 I will endeavour to aid the physician in his work and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

This pledge, a tribute to Miss. Nightingale, was drawn up at the old Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and first used in that hospital in 1893.

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.


The Jeanne Mance Pledge

That I may be strengthened in my resolve to model my life of duty after that of Jeanne Mance, the first lay-nurse of my beloved Canada, I place myself in the presence of God and I pledge myself, with the help of His Grace, to be faithful to the following ideals:

I will be true to the practice of my Religion, which is the inspiration of my noble vocation, and while administering to the body, I will serve the soul by observing the principles of right Ethics and Nursing Honour.

I will be devoted to the Profession that is mine, obeying the physician within the spheres of his authority, and I will make my work a labour of love rather than of profit, whenever the service of God or Country requires it of me.

Jean Mance

A tribute to Jeanne Mance, the first lay-nurse of Canada. (1606-1673)

International Nurse's Pledge

In full knowledge of the obligations I am undertaking I promise to care for the sick with all the skill and understanding I possess, without regard to race, creed, colour, politics or social status, sparing no effort to conserve life, to alleviate suffering and to promote health.

I will respect at all times the dignity and religious beliefs of the patients under my care, holding in confidence all personal information entrusted to me and refraining from any action which might endanger life or health.

I will endeavour to keep my professional knowledge and skill at the highest level and to give loyal support and co-operation to all members of the health team.

I will do my utmost to honour the international code of ethics applied to nursing and to uphold the integrity of the professional nurse.

First used, at a Holy Cross graduation, in 1966.

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