Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony - page 5

by drem7116 | 21,799 Views | 134 Comments

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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    This thread makes me sad. I hate it when old standing traditions fall by the wayside. I wear my pin proudly every day. I worked hard for it!!!!
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    I call BS on those who say it is old school!!!! I remember my pinning as if it was yesterday (1983) and I wear my pin proudly every day!!! The pin is often the only way to identify an RN in many clinical settings and I treasure that identification. The local CC we take nursing students from do their own fundraising, and I am invited to te ceremony every year. I wear my pin when I go to workshop or conference in hope of seeing other graduates from my college in RI.

    NO NO NO!!!! Do not abolish the pinning!
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    I "lost" mine for about 18 months....imagine the hooting and hollering that went on when I "found" my pin in a little jewelry case case I had put it into for "safe keeping"!!!!!!!!!!

    The first person I called was my mother ( a nurse) as I knew she understood!!!!

    I wear mine every day, a little banged up after 29 years, but none the less, a symbol of years of hard work (took the 5 year plan at my college 'cause i managed to pregnant my junior year )

    As we we were a Catholic college, we had it in a church and it was beautiful!!!!
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    Quote from drem7116
    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 a big blow in an officers meeting!! I was advised that the ceremony to honor the culmination of all my and my peers hard work is no longer going to be celebrated; as the school has decided to do away with the pinning ceremony. Initially, i was at a loss from words. I remembered sitting in my very first nursing class and learning about what a prestigious honor it is to be pinned; to be recognized and welcomed into the the profession of nursing. When I questioned the faculty as to why this decision has been made, there only response was that "The pinning ceremony is more common place in associate programs..." (My school is a BSN program)...they followed with our school "is trying to become a larger school, in terms of the nursing program, and we found that the larger schools no longer have a pinning." So my question is, is this true? Has it become more common place to not have a pinning ceremony? Is this a long held tradition that has fallen to the way side? If so is there some sort of recognition held in lieu of a pinning? and if so what? Personally, I DO NOT want to let this tradition go and I feel if this is the case it is a shame. Myself and the other officers are trying to gain feedback on this issue. We are also tasked with breaking this information to the rest of our class, whom i feel will be just as upset as I am. However before doing so, we want to have sufficient enough information and a petition prepared in the event the general consensus is to fight for our right to be pinned! Please let me know what you all think of this, or if you have heard that the recent trend is to do away with the pinning and what schools are doing so. My college is located in New York, very close to the city. Thank you for all your input
    I am currently enrolled in an ADN program in the state of Illinois and my school also didn't want to give my graduating class a pinning ceremony. The Dean of Nurses stated that "it is an outdated practice that was started at diploma nursing programs and we're trying to get away from that." I think it's funny how your school is stating that only ADN programs still practice this and my school is saying that only diploma schools still practice it. At any rate our class FOUGHT for a pinning ceremony! The Dean was adamant about not having the ceremony, but we felt as though we deserved to have it. We also polled other schools on our area and EVERY school within a 50 mile radius is still having a pinning ceremony, our school was the only school that was no longer having the ceremony. One student in our class wrote a letter to the dean and attached a petition that the entire class signed to try to convince her that this was something we wanted and was worth fighting for. The dean gathered other faculty members and they voted on it, every faculty member was in favor of having the ceremony. They have reinstated the ceremony for our class and all future graduating classes. Our voice was heard! My advice to you is to FIGHT FOR WHAT'S YOURS!!! You and your classmates worked hard to get where you are and you deserve recognition for it!
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    I have my pinning/capping ceremony from my ADN college in exactly one week !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My first day of the program I was handed something to sign to say that I would go to the pinning/capping ceremony when I graduated, so it's kind of a requirement. I am soooo looking forward to it!!!! I would be very disappointed if I didn't have it. If it's a signal of pride even as at a LPN or associates level, you really deserve it for getting a Bachelor's, at least the pinning.

    As far as cost, I'm not sure what it is costing the school for providing the ceremony. We can choose to have a reception afterwards at our own cost, and we pay for our own pins, caps (that's a little old school), lamps, and dresses (yea a little old school too). It was all worth the cost I paid!!! And even though the caps and dresses are a little old school, I think it's a nice unique touch for something I will only wear once.

    Nursing school is not easy! Celebrate your accomplishments!!! Go to both your graduation and pinning if you can since graduation is for your degree, and pinning is for your nursing!!! They are very different, so please try to convince your instructors to let you go!
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    My daughter's pinning ceremony was attended by our Governor! The main university graduation is way too big.. the pinning is intimate and it was an honor to pin my daughter. I would raise a fit if they decided to cancel it here in Hawaii.
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    I graduate from a BSN program in December of 2013. We are paying for our pinning ceremony ourselves through class dues and fundraising. Our class is pretty tight knit and we look forward to the pinning ceremony more than graduation itself. We've agreed to keep it simple to keep costs down as much as possible. The pinning ceremony has really been encouraged by our faculty, but the decision whether or not to have one was entirely ours. No one is forced to attend or forced to pay class dues. As a class officer, I've not heard any suggestion of the pinning ceremony being done away with, but we are very fortunate to have a nurse as the Dean of Arts and Sciences, so I wouldn't expect to see it happen without a strong fight.
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    The University of Maryland is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious schools of nursing in the country. A pinning ceremony for the BSNs and CNLs is held twice a year. It is part of Convocation in the spring and there is a seperate Commencement ceremony for all University of Maryland professional schools (law, medicine, dentistry, nursing, etc.) Masters and doctoral graduates are also hooded at Convocation. OP, I hope you can use this as ammunition. Our students love their pinning ceremonies as do the faculty.
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    Hey it's college. Graduation ceremony with all the other graduates is fine and enough. If there is a barbeque or a celebration somewhere afterwards then fine. But, the whole idea of a pinning ceremony was awkward and childish to me. I felt like I was back in a sorority or something (I was in one at my first college/degree) and, as an adult this made me feel foolish as a nursing degree is an academic accomplishment and not to be treated any different.

    I also did not get any pictures taken of me in a traditional nursing uniform/hat. Pinning itself is silly. The college makes some cash off those expensive pins. I knew that thing would get tossed in a drawer or lost and who cares if it's lost? excepting that you dropped over $100 for it. Now if you are just a kid, all this sounds like it's fun and all, but as an adult it seemed absolutely ridiculous to me. Several of my classmates did not go to the pinning, I should not have either, but I thought it was so controversial at that point (and I wanted good reference letters from my instructors) that I went. I will say that I bought a $5 nursing pin to be pinned with, and that got tossed right before I put my blouse in the laundry.
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    Quote from netglow

    I also did not get any pictures taken of me in a traditional nursing uniform/hat. .
    That issue was one our class struggled with . . . should we wear traditional white for the pinning and/or class photo. Most of our class did not want to wear white for the pinning but we did end up wearing our white student uniforms for our photo (we had to wear all white as students).

    Only one nurse wore a traditional white uniform with a traditional white nursing cap for the pinning and I thought it was kind of cool actually. But I just wore a simple dress.

    I personally see nothing childish about the pinning BUT to each their own. A few of my classmates didn't attend for the same reasons you spoke about.

    We graduated sort of incognito with the rest of the college - we simply wanted a way to celebrate among ourselves so we did our pinning the next night.

    The college told the nurses NOT to do anything that would attract attention . . . but many of us (me included) wrote things on the top of our caps . . . mine said "RN" in gold lettering painted on by my mom.
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