To be a nurse, you need to be a carer, patient, able to work with people and put others needs before yourself. It does not mean that you are not important or a doormat, it does mean that you have to communicate effectively to your patient, be a link between other medical professionals that you work with and act professionally in all you do.
Nurses understand the nursing pledge of service and can be proud of what they stand for.
Starting with Florence Nightingale who laid the foundations of nursing during the Crimean war, and became known as the Lady of the Lamp, Florence started a nursing school in 1860, international nursing day is celebrated on her birthday.
Henrietta Stockdale, a British nurse and Anglican religious sister responded to a request by the Bishop of Bloemfontein in 1870 for nurses to come to South Africa, and after training as a nurse at the Clewer Hospital she arrived in Port Elizabeth and then travelled through to Bloemfontein. She was very influential in getting nurses registered, and worked in Kimberley in South Africa.
Sister Henriestta Stockdale is seen as greatly influential nursing training in South Africa, which has grown and developed into a respected profession over the years. She died and was buried in Kimberley at St Cyprians Cathedral o the 6 October 1911.
+ I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly to pass my life in purity and to practise my profession faithfully.
+ I shall abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and shall not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.
+ I shall 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.
+ I shall be loyal to my work and devoted towards the welfare of those committed to my care
I solemnly pledge myself to the service of humanity and will endeavour to practise my profession with conscience and with dignity.
I will maintain, by all the means in my power, the honour and noble tradition of my profession.
The total health of my patients will be my first consideration.
I will hold in confidence all personal matters coming to my knowledge.
I will not permit consideration of religion, nationality, race or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life.
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.
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