Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony - page 12

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 BlueDevil,DNP
    I'd chew my tongue off before I'd recite that tripe!
    That was the worst part of my required pinning ceremony. I just stood there with my stupid little candle and looked down. I wanted to barf. Luckily, I had already tapped that box of wine in the trunk of my car prior to the ceremony, and believe me, I made a beeline to that lovely little box o' heaven right after. Helped wash that awful taste from my mouth.
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    I'd chew my tongue off before I'd recite that tripe!
    TRIPE!? Let me tell you of this tripe. I knew this RN that went into the Army as a Medic. He went to Nam. He went into combat. His company were pined down by enemy fire. On guy was wounded out in the open somebody had to go out a get him. The Captain ask for volunteers. My friend said that he would go. But before he did he told me that he recited the oath. He crawled out but half way to the guy, he was hit in the side despite the wound he was able to reach the guy, give him a shot of Morphine and drag him back getting wounded a second time. for his action he was give the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He said he would have never made it if he didn't say the oath to remind himself that he had sworn before God that he would 'devote himself to those place within his charge. I have recited the oath every day, before I went to any job, for the last 40 years but then what do I know. I'm just a dumb LPN
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    Quote from Merlyn
    TRIPE!? Let me tell you of this tripe. I knew this RN that went into the Army as a Medic. He went to Nam. He went into combat. His company were pined down by enemy fire. On guy was wounded out in the open somebody had to go out a get him. The Captain ask for volunteers. My friend said that he would go. But before he did he told me that he recited the oath. He crawled out but half way to the guy, he was hit in the side despite the wound he was able to reach the guy, give him a shot of Morphine and drag him back getting wounded a second time. for his action he was give the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He said he would have never made it if he didn't say the oath to remind himself that he had sworn before God that he would 'devote himself to those place within his charge. I have recited the oath every day, before I went to any job, for the last 40 years but then what do I know. I'm just a dumb LPN
    It's an honor to know you and TY for caring.
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    Quote from amoLucia
    It's an honor to know you and TY for caring.
    Thank You.
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    You don't like pinning. We get it. The architecture of your intellect soars way above ours. Let us grovel in the superstitious ooze and you be on your supercool way.
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    Would you mind telling us what kind of practices? I have never been to a pinning and I have no idea what is going to happen at ours but as far as I know, there isn't going to be a religious aspect to it. I could be wrong though...
    I'd rather not, because I would get clobbered by certain posters here. I'll just say that it was very religious, and I didn't feel I cold attend. I do think it was somewhat ironic that they threatened to withhold my pin for not attending a ceremony that focused on religion.

    WWJD?
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    Meh. My school didn't do it in 1986. I guess we were ahead of our time!
    It seems silly to me and i wouldn't have gone.
    However, I did go to my hooding, but that seems a little more significant.
    boy, that last sentence sounds a bit condescending. But to each there own I suppose.
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    Quote from nursel56
    You don't like pinning. We get it. The architecture of your intellect soars way above ours. Let us grovel in the superstitious ooze and you be on your supercool way.
    This made me LOL. Loudly.
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    It should absolutely happen. It is part of the nursing profession.
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    I had no idea the pinning ceremony was looked down upon in some circles. I graduated in December from a state university that has both traditional and accelerated BSN programs. The nursing department held our pinning ceremony/awards reception several days before graduation. There were only 24 of us graduating from the ABSN program (we lost 6 students during the 16-month long program), so we were pretty close-knit. Since all 24 of us had graduated from college at least once before, a number of my classmates skipped walking, but almost all of us came to the pinning ceremony. It was a great experience.

    We each picked who we wanted to pin us (most picked parents, children, spouses, etc.). I bought one of the official school pins, but you could use another pin if you wanted. The faculty member we selected was the featured speaker, awards were given to extraordinary students, we had the pinning ceremony, and then we said the nursing oath- a modern version, not at all religious, but meaningful (at least to me) and keeping to the philosophy of the program. No candles were lit, but a video of a burning candle was shown while we recited the oath, lol. I don't get why nursing programs would do away with the pinning ceremony, especially if the students fund it themselves.


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