The Nightingale Tribute was designed and developed by the Kansas State Nurses Association in 2003 to be used to honor deceased nurses, any Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse for their years of service; to be presented during the nurse’s funeral by a nurse colleague or friend. The families and those in attendance of a funeral using the tribute are very touched. Any part or all of The Nightingale Tribute may be used; modifications to the reading and script are encouraged.
This an easy and meaningful way to show our communities what makes nurses special.
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“Nursing is a calling, a way of life. Nursing is a service profession that cannot be lived in isolation. Nurses rely on each other for the synergistic effect of teamwork in our efforts of care giving. It is appropriate that we honor our colleagues not only during their career, but also at the end of life’s journey.”
She Was There When a calming, quiet presence was all that was needed, She was there. In the excitement and miracle of birth or in the mystery and loss of life, She was there. When a silent glance could uplift a patient, family member of friend, She was there. At those times when the unexplainable needed to be explained, She was there. When the situation demanded a swift foot and sharp mind, She was there. When a gentle touch, a firm push, or an encouraging word was needed, She was there. In choosing the best one from a family’s “Thank You” box of chocolates, She was there. To witness humanity, its beauty, in good times and bad, without judgment, She was there. To embrace the woes of the world, willingly, and offer hope, She was there And now, that it is time to be at the Greater One’s side, She is there.
[Note: pronoun can be changed. ©2004 Duane Jaeger, RN, MSN]
_______________, we honor you this day and present this white rose and light this candle to symbolize our honor and appreciation for being our nurse colleague.”
The nurses of District 6 (now the Southwest Region) in Sweetwater County have been using the Nightingale tribute for several years to honor our deceased nurses. If they know the families, they make a contact to describe the tribute and offer to assist. Sometimes families contact one of the local nurses to inquire. They have done it several ways. Several times they have sent several white roses with a card. Most recently they have had the poems read at the funeral service. This usually takes place near the end, most often following a eulogy. It is very short but very meaningful.
You are welcome to contact Kathy Luzmoor at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.