I am in my last semester of my RN to BSN program, and have to research the Nightingale pledge and its relevance (or lack thereof) to modern times. As a family historian, I would argue to leave the pledge as it stands, understanding that it spoke of the times in which it was written, by pen in 1893. I also argue that it could use a little tweaking since the nurse of today operates as a member of a team in conjunction with physical therapy, pharmacy, the physician and even with the patient himself. Now, I must get to my paper and write something coherent for my instructor. This post, although written quite a few years earlier, was very timely for me.