Where Nursing, Ministry, and Catholic Mission Meet
Mission:The National Association of Catholic Nurses, U.S.A gives nurses of different backgrounds, but with the same Roman Catholic values, the opportunity to promote moral principles within the Catholic context in nursing and stimulate desire for professional development. This approach to Roman Catholic doctrine focuses on: *educational programs, *spiritual nourishment, *patient advocacy & integration of faith and health.
As we continue to share our faith and values with each other, and with other healthcare providers, we simultaneously reach outward to the larger Church and also our communities, as we offer support to those in need.
The Florence Nightingale Pledge
>>> I solemnly pledge myself before God and in 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 drugs.
>>> 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 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.”
History of the Pledge: The Nightingale Pledge, named in honor of Florence Nightingale, is a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath. Lystra Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit, Michigan, created the pledge in 1893.
The Essential Hippocratic Oath
In the presence of the Almighty, I promise that I will fulfill this Oath to the best of my ability.
Those who have taught me the art of Medicine I will respect, and will seek to faithfully impart my knowledge to those who also accept this covenant and to whom I am a mentor.
I will always seek the physical and emotional well-being of my patients, according to my ability and judgment, being careful to cause no intentional harm.
I will not help a patient to commit suicide, nor will I suggest such a course. Similarly, I will not help a woman obtain an elective abortion. In purity and holiness I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, carefully guarding my role as a healer.
When indicated, I will seek the counsel of those with appropriate special skills for the treatment of my patient.
I will always act for the benefit of the sick, treating all with professional and moral integrity, with respect and dignity. I will avoid all sexual involvement with my patients.
Those things that I learn from or about my patients in confidence, I will hold in strict confidence.
May I be found faithful to these promises and may I enjoy the practice of my art, being respected as one who is dedicated to the healing of the sick. [Download Certificate HERE]