On 12 May 1820, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy. Her legacy in not only the science of nursing, but also the art and value of nursing as an independent and recognised profession, is still visible today and is globally celebrated on International Nurses' Day (12 May) each year. The original Nightingale Pledge, composed in 1893 by Lystra Gretta is an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians and emphasises the following principles:
Here is a version of the pledge as used in South Africa.
This version is different in a number of respects to the original Nightingale
Pledge. If anyone can throw any light on the origins or history of this
updated version, your feedback would be most welcome. Please email your
information to firstname.lastname@example.org
2004 - 2021
South African Nursing Council (Under the provisions of the Nursing Act, 2005)