Queens Hospital Center School of Nursing Class of 1961 - 1961 in Review
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The Nightingale Pledge
I solemly 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 wll 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 profession.
With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.
Elmhurst, Glendale, Forest Hills,
Flushing, Whitestone, Douglaston,
Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill,
Jamaica, Hollis, Laurelton,
The Rockaways, Long Island, too,
We left our homes to start anew.
September, nineteen fifty-eight,
that fateful day when we first met,
How could we then anticipate,
The lifelong friendships we'd beget?
We were so young as I look back,
What did we know of life or death?
Without each other, we'd have cracked,
Together, we could take a breath.
There's something special that we share...
As sister's bond that grew from pain,
It lifted us from deep despair,
It's with us still and will not wane.
We're older now and understand,
Our love has grown from year to year.
We've known the trials of life firsthand,
We're moving forward, never fear.
Thank God our paths converged that day,
Though miles apart, we are still one.
The healing grace of God, I pray,
Be with us all when day is done.
Elaine Phiphany Schwarxkopf class of 1961