National Nurses Week is celebrated annually beginning May 6 through May 12th. The 6th is also known as National Nurses Day, and the 12th is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The Nightingale Pledge is a traditional pledge that was taken by new nurses. Named after Florence Nightingale, it was composed by a committee chaired by Lystra Gretter, an instructor of nursing at the old Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and was first used by its graduating class in the spring of 1893. The pledge reads...
~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.~
Kingston Residence Assisted Living of Fort Wayne, 7515 Winchester Road is proud of their dedicated staff of nurses. Featured in the accompanying photo are front row, left to right: Cheryl Wisnioch, QMA; Scheryl Krumma, RN, Director of Nurses; Hester Harnish, LPN. Back row, left to right: Laura Chatham, LPN; Michelle Bourne, LPN; Bobbette Cartwright, LPN; Dorrena Henderson, LPN; and Samantha Swann, QMA. Not pictured are Theresa Graham, LPN and Kathy Witherspoon, QMA.
The combined years of Kingston Residence nursing staff total over 252 years of experience. Director of Medical Services, Scheryl Krumma states "It is our pleasure to provide genuine care to our residents. We all find it truly rewarding when we see that smile, hear a laugh, or enjoy a hug with our residents. Knowing that we are enhancing quality of life is what nursing is all about."