In 1893, Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter chaired a committee at the Farrand Training School for Nurses, in Detroit, Michigan, composed a pledge that would serve to guide not only her nurses, but nurses around the world, and still does today. This pledge, known as the Florence Nightingale Pledge, aligns with the work we do and is seen in the commitment of those we support.
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.
At Barco’s Nightingales Foundation, we strive to do all in our power to elevate and promote the image of the nursing profession while honoring the courageous heart of nurses by helping children around the world.
Won’t you join us?
~Michael and Frida Donner