Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony - page 10

by drem7116

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Hi all, I am currently a nursing student in a BSN RN program heading into my senior year (woo hoo almost done). I have also been elected Vice President of the Student Nurses Association at my school and today I got hit with... Read More


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    Quote from SerenePeach
    I feel that having both a pinning ceremony and a graduation ceremony is redundant, which is one reason I'm only attending my graduation ceremony and not my pinning. Perhaps if there was some way that they could be combined, that would be more efficient.
    I completely disagree. The pinning ceremony is a traditional event, graduation is just... graduation. If I were going to choose between the two, I would choose pinning every time but I'm attending both.

    Putting them together would be horrible unless you attend a school that is only for nursing. There would be nothing special about the ceremony and my classmates and I consider the pinning to be special. The entire school graduates together with a million different degrees. Pinning is for nurses specifically.

    It is not redundant because it is two DIFFERENT things.

    And what's this about a pinning not looking good on a resume? Who puts things like that on a resume in the first place? This reminds me of the thread about putting how many NCLEX questions you got and how long it took on a resume. What?
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    Since the dean discouraged the teachers from attending the pinning, we chose who pinned us. I chose my 8 year old daughter.

    Along with the pinning, we had a candlelight ceremony where we passed the flame from student to student via candles and then 3 of our classmates got their guitars out and sang.

    All in all I'm glad we did it - the graduation was a generic ceremony for all the students at the college. This was more meaningful.

    But I still think "to each their own". I don't think the dean should forbid it.
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    I finally finished after 12 years and 3 schools, in 1974.

    Want a cap? Go downtown and pick one up, you don't have to wear it.
    Want a pin? Go to the student union and pick out a plated or 10kt, you don't have to wear it.

    So this isn't a modern trend at all.
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    Forgive me if I have already posted this tidbit of information, because I couldn't find where I posted this.

    I graduated from a very large university that had a medical school and the year I graduated there was talk of "my class" being the first that would do without a pinning ceremony.

    It stirred up such a fire, that there was a meeting about it with the Dean of the Nursing Program and the President of the College among other officials.

    I don't have many pivotal moments in my life, but as I was listening quietly to the back and forth banter, I suddenly had a realization and I raised my hand so that I could speak.

    When I got up, I directed my question to the college president...I said, "All is fair in love, war and academics. I understand that traditions can change with the times and by all means, we need to be open minded and be willing to change with them...I will fully support the school's desire to eliminate the pinning ceremony when the medical students have to go without their white coat ceremony. After all, I would hate to think the school would discriminate against one profession and not the other."

    You could have heard a pin drop in the room.
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    Traditionally most all college/university nursing programs had separate capping and pinning ceremonies complete with lamp and Florence Nightingale oath. Sometimes these were held apart from the main graduation, other times it was included.

    By the 1980's more or less programs, especially BSN degrees it seem dropped the capping bit, but may still have had a pinning ceremony. Soon ADN programs followed suit. Then came the push to drop the pinning part as well and nursing students graduated with the rest of their class wearing the normal gowns and "hats" of college grads.

    Part of this push came from those who felt that caps, pins, oaths and what not were as relevant as whale bone corsets to modern nursing. This train of thought shouldn't come as a surprise as it was one of the reasons bedside nurses by and large had abandoned caps and later "starched whites" in favour of scrubs. Many bedside nurses stopped wearing their pins as well (once dress codes were revised) because for one reason in the modern fast pace of nursing the thing often got lost/fell off or whatever during one's shift. Secondly quite honestly on many scrub tops there isn't a place to pin the thing anyway. Even most ID badges today are clip on versus the name tag pins we all wore back in the day. Modern uniforms simply are too thin for anything of weight to bet pinned onto and stay put.

    Complaints also came from those who felt that nursing graduates some how "stuck out" at graduation ceremonies with their whites and caps, and that they got a "second" walk whilst everyone else (excluding honour graduates) got one or maybe none at all.

    Finally with more and more men entering the profession it was also felt that the whole capping/pinning thing was too centered on the female side of nursing. Of course male grads got pins, but not a single US school would ever give a male nursing graduate a cap, even if he only wanted one to have for whatever reason.
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    I have a whale boned corset, and that thing is actually useful. A silly cap or pin, not so much. Of course if the pins were made by Cartier I might change my mind.
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    My argument that the practice is outdated, is I am wondering if they also make an announcement at these graduation ceremonies where they cheated nursing students out of their pinning, if the administration told the audience that the nursing students have to hit a HIGHER ACADEMIC STANDARD than for most other majors. So that A that I busted my butt for? I had to get a 94 for it versus a 90 other majors get to make for the same grade.

    Granted, other majors have higher academic standards as well and I am suggesting they should also be included.

    Bottom line: Pinning is a tradition in nursing just as the "white coat" ceremony is to medical students. There is no such tradition associated with psychology majors, history majors, teachers, communications, engineering, etc.

    Time and modernization doesn't diminish the accomplishment.
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    Point taken about the white coat ceremony. However, that is equally silly, so I don't know why anyone does either.
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    I have a whale boned corset, and that thing is actually useful. A silly cap or pin, not so much. Of course if the pins were made by Cartier I might change my mind.
    Klinger You are killing me!

    I digress, I cherish my pin..to each his or her own!
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    I have a whale boned corset, and that thing is actually useful. A silly cap or pin, not so much. Of course if the pins were made by Cartier I might change my mind.
    That reminds me; have to clean out my sewing stash. Have tons of NIB patterns that need to find homes for including one for a Victorian corset by "Past Patterns".

    The mind reels as to what you find a whale boned corset useful for, but we're not on that right now! *LOL*
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