Florence Nightingale became a nurse when nursing was shameful. She changed the very face of nursing.
Wounded soldiers during the Crimean War called her the Lady with the Lamp. She said—
“And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. I have worked hard, very hard, that is all; and I have never refused God anything.” – Florence Nightingale
The Nightingale Pledge is said to be written in her honour, based on her methods and beliefs:
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 (having a harmful or damaging effect on somebody or something) 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 endeavour to aid the physician, in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.
How might we change the world for The Great Physician, if we dared?
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2Corinthians 3:18, KJV)
Prayer – Father, please show us what to do, so that we too can be that one person who makes a difference. Amen