My daughter Crason recently participated in a White Coat Ceremony at Long Beach State University at the start of her nursing program.
This ceremony is done at"enlightened" medical schools for doctors and nurses that expose their students at the beginning of their program with their "oath" of service vice at the end.
This is the oath the student took at the end of the ceremony:
In dedicating myself to the profession of nursing, I solemnly pledge that I will:
- Uphold the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering as my primary concerns;
- Act in a compassionate and trustworthy maner in all aspects of my care;
- Treate my patients, peers, and faculty with kindness, respect, and dignity;
- Apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes of my patients;
- Exercise sound profressional judgetment while abiding by legal and ethical requirements;
- Accept the lifelong obligation to improve my professional knowledge and comptenence;
- Contribute to a healthy and safe learning environment;
- Promote, advocate for and strive to protect the health, safterty, and rights of the patient, regardless of their social or economic status, personal attributes, or nature of their health problems.
With this pledge, I accept the duties and responsiblities that embody the nursing profession.
I take this oath voluntarily and with the full realization of the responsibility with which I am entrusted by the public, my patients, and thier families.