Nightingale Pledge, 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. 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.”

The above is the original “Nightingale Pledge”, originally created in 1893 by a committee chaired by Lystra Gretter. This pledge is cited by nursing graduated during Honors or Pinning ceremonies.

National Nurse’s Day is always remembered on May 6th and opens National Nurse’s Week, which is concluded on the birthdate of Florence Nightingale. Although several attempts at establishing a day for nurses were not successful, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week in 1974. In 1982, a joint congressional resolution designated May 6th as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”

At Grimes Funeral Chapels we honor the many contributions by our nurses everywhere–they are vital members of the healthcare team. Though we set aside the month of May each year to honor and recognize the nurse’s abilities, dedication, care and concern, our appreciation goes beyond the month of May–thank you for each and every day–as every day is Nurse’s Day!