Nurses Oath: Everything You Must Know Before You Choose Nursing


Nurses Oath: Everything You Must Know Before You Choose Nursing.

Nurses Oath – Let’s see the Hippocratic solemn promises that nurses do make before induction. No. 3 will interest you. Continue reading…

Nurses Oath

The Nurses oath, generally known as the Nightingale Pledge is a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath. The ‘Nightingale Pledge’ was given to the Nurses Oath in honour of Florence Nightingale.

The pledge was created in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1893, by Lystra Gretter together with a Committee for Farrand Training School of Nurse.

Gretter widened the role of the nurse in a revision to the pledge which was done in 1935 by including an oath to become a “missioner of health” and it was dedicated to the advancement of Gretter “human welfare” which is an expansion of nurses’ focus to an approach that encompassed public health

The Oath is globally used by Nursing schools, in other words, nursing schools in Nigeria uses the same pledge and it states clearly the principles as well as the ethics of the Nursing profession.

Two vows are included in the lines of the  Nightingale Pledge and the Nurses pay great attention to it. below are the two vows written in understandable terms.

  • To abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous
  • To humbly and willingly seek to nurse the sick regardless of their location and the state of their illness.

Nightingale Pledge – Nurses Oath

Below is 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 endeavour to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

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