Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
This pledge is an adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians. There is no evidence that Florence Nightingale contributed to it or had knowledge of its content. But it bears her name.
Original Nightingale Pledge
"I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly:
lTo pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully.
lI will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.
lI 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.
lWith loyalty will I endeavour to aid the physician in his work and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care." - accd.educ.SAC nursing