According the practice of my calling” (Box

According to Black (2017), “The Nightingale Pledge
functioned as nursing’s first code of ethics…” (57). Because of this, it is
noted to be an historical document that was written by Lystra Eggert Gretter
who dedicated the pledge to Nightingale out of respect for her work.

In nursing, it is important to understand code of ethics.
Black explained that, “a code of ethics provides professional standards and a
framework for moral decision making” (57). The Nightingale’s Pledge serves as
the earliest form of ethical statement that revealed the nurse’s obligation to
ethical values by late 19th century standards. The Nightingale pledge states, “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” (Box 3-1), serves as vows for nurses that
reminds them to perform their job honestly and not bring harm to other, and
being honest and loyal in all aspects of the practice  

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Florence Nightingale was born in a wealthy family. Selanders
and Crane states in their article that, “As a young woman, Nightingale wished
for meaningful work and began to imagine herself caring for others, defying her
parents’ desire that she marry into a socially prominent family” (Who was
Florence Nightingale, para. 4).  Nightingale decided to focus on being a nurse
despite her background, she treated and cared for people during the Crimean war
despite being warned not to. She did what she thought was right and ensured
that they had received proper treatment.

The Nightingales pledge is what “established the roots for
our current code” (Black, 2017, p. 57). It helped to shape nursing to what it
is today.