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Nightingale Pledge

The Nightingale Pledge is a oath taken by new nurses upon entering the nursing profession. It is named after Florence Nightingale, a pioneer in the field of nursing.


The term is pronounced as "Nigh-ting-gale Pledge".


The Nightingale Pledge is named after Florence Nightingale, who is often considered the founder of modern nursing. The pledge was first used in 1893 by the graduating class of the Harper Hospital’s Training School for Nurses in Detroit, Michigan, USA.


The Nightingale Pledge is a statement of the ethics and principles of the nursing profession. It includes a vow to "do no harm" and to maintain patient confidentiality, echoing the principles of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians. It also includes a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.

Related Terms

  • Florence Nightingale: The British nurse and social reformer after whom the Nightingale Pledge is named.
  • Nursing ethics: The field of applied ethics that deals with the complex set of moral principles and standards that govern the conduct of nurses.
  • Hippocratic Oath: An oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine ethically and honestly.

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