» RELATED: National Nurses Week 2019: Your go-to guide to freebies, deals
The Nightingale Pledge, named in her honor in 1893, is a traditional pledge still taken by some new nurses. It says:
“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.”
» RELATED: 8 celebrities you never knew were once nurses
Nightingale’s devotion to compassionate care is one of the reasons that she has been called the founder of modern nursing. She died on Aug. 13, 1910.