Nurses Week culminates Monday on birthday of modern founder - CBS46 News

Nurses Week culminates Monday on birthday of modern founder

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Banner Good Samaritan held a candlelight ceremony Friday. (Source: CBS 5 News) Banner Good Samaritan held a candlelight ceremony Friday. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

National Nurses Week culminates Monday, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix held a candlelight vigil Friday, where nurses read the Nightingale Pledge.

It was followed by a blessing of the hands.

The theme for 2014 was "Nurses Leading the Way." It focused on how nurses throughout the industry accept constantly evolving roles in their profession while embracing new technology.

Here's the text of the Pledge in full:

"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."

This pledge is often recited at graduation and pinning ceremonies for nurses.

It's often included in programs honoring nurses during Nurses Week.

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