Happy Nurses Day!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

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Wishing all my Sparkfriends who are nurses a Happy Nurses Day today and Happy National Nurses Week.

In honor of Nurses Day I wanted to share the Florence Nightingale Pledge with everyone. This pledge is most often recited at graduation/pinning ceremonies for nurses. It is also often included in programs honoring nurses during Nurses Week (May 6-12) or on Nurses Day (May 6). May 12 is the anniversary of the birth date of Florence Nightingale.

The Florence Nightingale 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 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.

For those who are nurses do you remember your first Nurses Day?
I still remember my first Nurses Day as a student nurse. There were signs everywhere at the School of Nursing and all over the hospitals on campus. Funny thing was all my friends and I cared about was the free meals they were giving out to all the nurses including the student nurses. When you are a poor college student you take all the free meals you can get.
emoticon Plus a bonus we were getting a gift too. I really made out like a bandit my first nurses day. Since I not only got a gift from the hospital I was doing my clinicals at but the hospital I worked at as a student nurse. Oh and lets not forget all the gifts coming my way from my family. I had proudly announced to all of them the week before that it would be Nurses Week and May 6 was considered Nurses Day. To my surprise that evening when a group of my friends and I went out dancing there was a sign saying all Nurses get in free plus get one drink free. I told the bouncer at the door we were all student nurses and he let us in. For several years after that the hospitals I worked at would have something going on all week for the nurses. Even the doctors would give us gifts. We were pampered and shown how much they cared for us. Funny how as the years passed by I seem to be the only one from the group that always remembered Nurses Day is on May 6. You can ask some nurses and they can't seem to recall the date until it rolls around and the hospitals wishes you a Happy Nurses Day. I guess since my first Nurses Day way back then was such a good day for me that I it's been a special day for me ever since.
Well as always I will leave everyone with a few laughs to brighten your day. You don't have to be a nurse to enjoy the jokes and laughter that follow below. Enjoy everyone and if you know any nurses call them and wish them a Happy Nurses Day. Remember be kind to a nurse because you never know if she will someday be taking care of you and after all Nurses Call The Shots! emoticon

OH yeah, the weapon of choice for us nurses! emoticon

Why is it we want to fix everyone? emoticon

Nurses have all kinds of tricks up their sleeves! Hey keep it clean and get your mind out of the glutter! We nurses are emoticon

Hmmm so true sister nurse, so true! Amen to that!

Why is it all the patients want to moon us? emoticon emoticon

OUCH! Bad nurse! Or was he her EX? Ha Ha emoticon

Make mine a Chocolate one please. I'm on the Chocolate diet! emoticon

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    Thanks for the Nightingale pledge reminder. Oh, those many years ago! My mom sent me roses this year for Nurses Day. She said she had always been meaning to do something and had never done so, so a dozen red roses!
    Capping and graduation-what memories.
    Hope you had a wonderful day! I loved the funnies!
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    Happy Nurse Day Lou.

    Thanks again for the laughter you always bring.

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    3751 days ago
    Happy Nurse's Day to you! Thank-you for sharing! You brought back some very good memories and lots of chuckles with your cartoons! Have a wonderful week! emoticon
    3751 days ago
    Happy nurse's day to you! My daughter's pinning is the 14th. I think she has chosen a great profession. :) emoticon
    3751 days ago
    Happy nurse's day to you! My daughter's pinning is the 14th. I think she has chosen a great profession. :) emoticon
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    Thank you and happy Nurse's Week to you too. This comes at a good time because we have really been hammered this week at the hospital. Lots of mandatory overtime. We get to have a Nurse's Tea this year. Anyone else not allowed to discuss their day over meals? Thanks for the laughs and a reminder of the pledge.

    3751 days ago
    Happy Nurses Day, Lulu!
    Thanks for all the chuckles!
    3751 days ago
    Happy Nurses Day!!!!!!!!

    3751 days ago
    Happy Nurses Day to you, too! My first Nurses Day was 33 yrs. ago! UGH, where as the time gone?? I don't FEEL that much older (MOST OF THE TIME!)

    3751 days ago
    A big thank you to all the nurses as well. I loved the cartoons!
    3751 days ago
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