<*%#@ Are You Ready to Be Sworn In?

Did you ever make a promise you couldn’t keep? Maybe you’ve undertaken a project that was too big to accomplish? Well, all other oaths pale in comparison to the one you took when you became an RN and swore to serve the public trust. Here’s a promise for the modern day nurse:

An oil lamp, the symbol of nursing in many cou...

Nightingale’s lamp burns the midnight oil to assist all nurses in their pledge of diligence

I Pledge Allegiance to the World.
And to the United Fellowship of Nurses.
And to Humanity,
 For Which We Stand, One Kingdom
                                                                                      Under God Indivisible.
                                                                    With Libertyand Healthcare for all.

The Nightingale Oath it is not. I wrote this take on the United States’ pledge of allegiance to prove a point that most nurses didn’t become caregivers to be rich, but rather, to be wealthy in the Spirit of giving.

When people care, the dream of the universe is realized and the heart begins to heal the wounds that can’t be corrected with ordinary medicine.

In each nurse lies the promise of Advocacy, Solidarity and Courage. We promote dignity and wholeness for our patients, we stand together to do what’s right and we move forward with conviction that Providence will support our leaps of faith.

Scientific evidence backs us, but it is the Spirit of kindness that bridges the gap of indifference and moves us to yearn for the well-being of all humanity.

Join me, in this pledge, and take action for true healthcare reform that honors the prevention and cure necessary to renew the American dream of a nation full of ideals, seeped in integrity and driven by divine principles.

Are you ready?

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