Today is Nurses Day in South Africa!! The Nurses day is an international day observed around the world on 12 May (the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth) of each year, to mark the contributions that nurses make to society.

The theme of this year’s Nurses day is “Nursing the World to Health“. The Nurses Day is an annual celebration of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Reports from the South African Nursing Council Statistics shows that the nursing industry in South Africa in the last ten years have

seen a significant increase in the number of registered nurses. It reordered over 74 000 new nurses registered in South Africa as of 2008.

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The Professional Nurses’ Pledge

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 or 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 I will endeavor to co-operate with other workers and professional organizations in this work and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

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May God help Me.

Here Is a Version Of The Plegde As Used In South Africa

I solemnly pledge myself to the service of humanity and will endeavor to practice 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.