Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony - page 9

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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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    I graduated in 2009 from an LPN program and we had a capping and pinning ceremony. It was funded by our class. we had fundraisers and class dues to help off set the cost of the caps, pins, and lanterns. We all wore the same white dress. I thought getting pinned was a grand tradition and was something to be proud of. I do not get why schools are doing away with it. We got capped and pinned by faculty and/ or family, but they had to be a either an RN or LPN. And our junior class assisted with the refreshments(only serving). We paid for our own refreshments. This was condidered our graduation. We had the option to go to the Technical colleges regular graduation, but I did not elect to go.
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    My pinning meant more to me than graduation. As a matter of fact, I didn't even go to graduation. I sure did go to my pinning and I invited everyone, lol. Sad that some people won't get to have this memory..

    And nursing students are different from other majors. There are few majors that are as time intensive, exhausting and life changing as nursing. You develop pretty strong bonds in nursing school, even if it's only with a few people.
    Last edit by GadgetRN71 on May 2, '12
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    I guess it is somewhat redundant .. after all there is the graduation ceremony.

    However it is a TRADITION in nursing. A separate special event that recognizes our achievements and efforts.
    We are not the average graduate!
    Funny, I had just ran across a pic of my pinning ceremony.. my now deceased parents are in the background ... beaming !

    Sooo glad I have that.
    Keep up the good fight... let us know!
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    Quote from guysmiley02RN
    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 The Dean of Nurses stated that "it is an outdated practice that was started at diploma nursing programs and we're trying to get away from that."
    That attitude makes me sad, and I really hope it's not the norm among Deans of Nursing now. I realized last night my avatar and profile pic are from our pinning ceremony which also involved a candle (lamp) lighting. It was so long ago I thought it may have been from graduation. Now I remember the nurse lighting my candle was not actually my instructor but one from a previous class who wanted to take part. Those who don't find meaning in tradition or symbolic ceremonies of any kind are free to stay home. There is so much divisiveness in this field it's nice to remember that one feeling of bonding from that brief ceremony.

    I applaud your class for taking action and fighting for your ceremony. Thank God there are still younger people who get that all of us stand on the shoulders of a long history of nurses and "trying to get away from that" is really misguided.
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    This makes me sad! I am already counting the days to my pinning ceremony...and I'm still doing pre-reqs!! The pinning ceremony is a must in my book!
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    I am in an ADN program and this was one of the first things they told us we would be fundraising for. The faculty have very little to do with our pinning ceremony but they do advocate for it. The only one who can pin us is the Dean and they do show slide shows of our time in school and a couple of people speak and recite poems. I think they are much more important than a regular school graduation because nursing students (at least at my small school of 20 students) spend much more time together than any other program. We all have the same classes together so we feel a little more like a family (albeit a dysfunctional one) and a college graduation is so long, boring, and tedious. I would much rather prefer a small intimate ceremony with those I care about.
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    As for me - well, back in '81 my mother graduated with her LVN; 3rd in her class, at age 52, with a teenage son (me) at home & recently widowed (dad died in '79). Still have the pic of her beaming at her pinning ceremony, cap firmly in place. Incidentally, she didn't attend a college to get her LVN - she attended a tech school. No separate degree, no separate commencement ceremony.

    Fast forward to 2012 - During the distribution of estate assets, I've claimed 3 items specifically - Mom's cap, cadeuceus pin & LVN pin. The cap is kept in a secure location - when I'm at work, under my scrubs I wear 2 pins, placed over my heart; her cadeuceus & LVN pins.

    My CNA pin (yep - Red Cross pins those who complete their NAT program) I keep secure; partly because I don't want to lose it, partly because wearing it openly around dementia patients isn't a good idea. When I earn my LVN & RN, I'll be looking forward to being pinned & wearing them on social occasions - probably not while I'm on duty, though.

    So - for me, it's not even remotely "silly" or "sentimental"; it's a very specific reminder of what I've done, where I'm going, and most importantly - why and for whom I'm doing this.


    ----- Dave
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    Quote from lillymom
    I am in an ADN program and this was one of the first things they told us we would be fundraising for. The faculty have very little to do with our pinning ceremony but they do advocate for it. The only one who can pin us is the Dean and they do show slide shows of our time in school and a couple of people speak and recite poems. I think they are much more important than a regular school graduation because nursing students (at least at my small school of 20 students) spend much more time together than any other program. We all have the same classes together so we feel a little more like a family (albeit a dysfunctional one) and a college graduation is so long, boring, and tedious. I would much rather prefer a small intimate ceremony with those I care about.
    Haha!....sounds just like my school....my class of 18 is a close, eclectic group as well....and I am so happy to be pinned along with all of them...it is a big deal....we are allowed to choose a nurse of our choice to pin us at our ceremony, instructors included....I actually have chosen two of my nursing instructors for the honor....wonderful women who taught me a great deal about nursing and in reality, life....
    Last edit by Wild Irish LPN on May 2, '12 : Reason: grammer, very poor grammer....shame....
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    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.
    Last edit by BlueDevil,DNP on May 3, '12
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    I'm graduating with my BSN this weekend and we are having a pinning ceremony the day before graduation. I would fight to keep it!!
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