“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 modified “Hippocratic Oath” quoted above was composed in 1893 by Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit. The oath is called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.
The Affinity Strategies team would like to take a moment to extend a sincere thank you to nurses past and present in honor of National Nurses Month. Thank you for braving the front lines and keeping us safe. Thank you for your hours of grueling work and devoted labor. Thank you for dedicating your lives to helping others.
As National Nurses Month draws to a close, we encourage you to finish the month out by thanking nurses that have had a positive impact on you. Here a few ways you can share your gratitude with the nurses in your life:
- Write a digital or handwritten thank you note – Thank-you notes are not only notes of gratitude. They’re an opportunity to reach out, to connect, and to recognize kindness.
- Send a small gift or token of your appreciation – Whether it’s gourmet coffee, snacks, or something more personalized, it is truly the thought that counts.
- Remember that every day is an opportunity to thank nurses and other medical professionals – Don’t forget a quick ‘thank you’ and a smile anytime you come across a healthcare worker. Their days are long, but kindness helps.
As Mahatma Ghandi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Thank you nurses for being the ultimate public servants.