Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony - page 8

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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    I graduated last year from a school of nursing ranked in the top 10 in the country in US News and World Report. It's located in a large metropolitan area known for fine schools and hospitals, and I am currently working in the hospital "across the street" from said School of Nursing. My nursing school graduating class was about 600 strong with half getting Graduate degrees and half Bachelors. In fact, we graduated the largest class of nurses in the state and the graduation ceremony was massive. As nursing graduates we had our own pinning ceremony and rah-rah session in the same building, but it took place before the actual convocation so we got to celebrate twice. The only reason I am saying all this is that I graduated from a huge, well respected school of nursing and the majority of my classmates were thrilled to be pinned. We chose people who meant a lot to us and who helped us get here, and they pinned us. Some chose a special faculty member or mentor, some chose a spouse or one of their kids. One of my classmates chose to be pinned by the first black graduate of the school of nursing, a wonderful elderly lady who is an inspiration to all of us. Anyone who says this ceremony didn't mean anything or that larger programs are abandoning pinning ceremonies is being disingenuous. If administration thinks it is a hassle, or if they want to save money, or if they have some other motive, they should just come out and say it. The notion that pinning ceremonies somehow diminish the standing of the school is ludicrous. Congratulations on your achievement and keep fighting to keep the special traditions of nursing alive; nursing is a breed apart, unlike other undergraduate programs, and every time a hallowed tradition is discarded like it doesn't mean anything, part of that unique bond among nurses also is lost. Just my 2 cents!
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    I loved my pinning ceremony. I would have been very upset if my school decided not to have it!
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    When I went to ADN school we had a very big to do- separate nursing graduation ceremony and pinning= very moving. When I entered an RN to BSN program at the University, the pinning ceremony was elective. Probably most people didn't go because with a University, students attend from all over. I would have been a tiny fish in a very big ocean. I did attend the December university graduation ceremony. The university I went to divided that ceremony into and afternoon and morning ceremony by majors, so we each got to walk across the stage and have our name read aloud with our degree and our honors. The school didn't even have a guest speaker to blab and take up time either. The Chancellor said he felt like it it was more important to walk across the stage than to listen to him talk! To me that was the big deal because I graduated summa cum laude. At my son's graduation, it was so huge, no one walked across the stage, just an entire major stood up together and sat back down.
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    Last entry, promise. #1 - I think I need to correct something I previously posted. I think those annual nursing pins magazine covers were the product of Nursing '74, '75, '76, '77, etc, (every year they changed the year number). SORRY! RN magazine was another good publication of the time along with AJN. #2 - This topic is reflecting some really passionate polarization. I'm surprised that so many don't feel the same re: the heritage of this simple rite of passage. Yeah, it's sentimental and costly, sometimes, and mushy. But how many of you would forego engagement and wedding rings? How about Sweet 16 birthday parties & prom nites (all sentimental, co$tly and mushy)? Sheesh...we need some magic in our profession! Like cookies for Santa's reindeer and teeth under our pillows. I do recognize there are some exceptions for strong personal reasons to opt out, but this issue is only about recognizing ourselves for our accomplishments and sharing with those closest to us at the time...our families and peers. Lord knows...nobody else will and future opportunities will be limited. (I'll step down from my soapbox now - thanks for listening.)
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    graduating in two days with my BSN and our pinning will be along with our graduation. I believe this is the first time they're doing it that way. sad.....hopefully it doesn't mean they'll eventually get rid of it all together
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    My college had a pinning ceremony when I graduated. It was a great experience. It was something that our instructors, the elder generation of nurses, was able to hand down to us, the younger generation of nurses. It bound us together into one profession as our teachers welcomed us as budding colleages. Pinning is a long-running tradition. I understand that nursing leaders want nursing to appear professional and relevent, but we cannot sacrifice our history for this effort.

    Long live the pinning ceremony!
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    This thread makes me so sad for the future of nursing...and nurses wonder why so many new grads are skipping straight over NP programs.
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    I graduate with my BSN in 6 months, and I have no idea if we have a pinning ceremony! I think if we do it's along with graduation because my school is just a school for nursing, so it doesn't have to share graduation with other majors. It would be super to be pinned!
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    We had a pinning at my school (BSN program). We finished the program in September, and had the option to go to the general school graduation the following May. Months after actually finishing the program, and with other degrees we didn't really relate with. Pinning was just for the program and much more meaningful imo than a big massive graduation. How lame of your school.
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    I like traditions, too. The symbolism of 'pinning' is that a member of the profession officially grants that status to a graduating nurse. At my school it was usually the director of the school (who was an RN) who pinned each student. Later, the school allowed students to choose any member of the faculty to give the pin. Later, still, the school permitted students to choose a family member or friend who was a nurse to pin the graduate. Graduates were then having their mothers, brothers, boyfriends, wives and neighbors pinning them--people who were not nurses "If she can have her mom give her a pin, why can't my mom give me mine?") The school couldn't check the credentials of each person granting pins, so eventually they did away with the tradition because it lost its meaning. Sad that the grads lost the opportunity to have the ceremony; the director told me that it was easier to abandon 'pinning' than it was to try to fight to keep it symbolic.


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