Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   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.
  2. by   alannah_smth
    Some people are saying it is redundant to have a pinning and graduation. I know I am excited for both because pinning is just for my fellow nurses. We are pretty close and celebrating together is really exciting. The graduation is so I can celebrate not specifically nursing but to celebrate getting a bachelors with the entire graduating class. I am pretty close to people in a lot of majors (I go to a university). If you go to a specific nursing school then I see where you are coming from, but coming from a university, graduation is a very different celebration from pinning.
  3. by   Luckyyou
    Quote from drem7116
    If you dont mind me asking where did you go to school? and did you find that majority of your class decided to decline the pinning ceremony?
    I went to Saint Louis University. We had about 120 in our class (there is the 4 year and the accelerated BSN, which had less students) and I'd say more than half attended but I don't know the numbers. It was held in the college church which also influenced my decision not to attend as I am not religious.
  4. by   juan de la cruz
    My BSN batch had a pinning ceremony back in 1991 where the graduates wore white uniforms with the women wearing nursing caps. When I graduated from my master's years later in 2003 at a different university, there was no pinning ceremony. However, there was a College of Nursing Convocation Ceremony where BSN, MSN, and PhD graduates attended and wore academic regalia (graduation cap and gown). Pinning was an option in this event, some of the graduates purchased the expensive school pin and had a faculty member pin them. The entire university graduation or commencement was a separate event.
  5. by   Merlyn
    In Nursing you get little recognition as it is. Pinning Ceremony is something created to set you apart from accountants. At the Ceremony you swear before everyone that you devote yourself to those placed within your charge
    It means you are special. You can bet your Dupa that the Deans wouldn't give up their BS Ceremonies. But the school got your money. They are happy. The only possible way to get the school back is to not join their Alumni organisation. Don't give them any more money and write them and tell them why.
  6. by   That Guy
    If i was with my original class I think it would have meant more to me as that group was a lot closer to me. Since I failed and got held backa semester, I came into a class I didnt really fit in well with. The inside stories they joked around about at the ceremony were foreign to me and I didnt know half the people well. I went mainly cause my grandma wanted to see me go through it.
  7. by   nursel56
    My pinning ceremony meant a lot to me. I think probably now more than it did, because "capping" has certainly gone the way of the dinosaurs along with white dress. Now that there are growing numbers of men becoming nurses, I can see that; but pinning isn't really gender-specific.
  8. by   Esme12
    How sad........I sit here slowly shaking my head. What is a police officer without his badge? You have a college degree a bachelors in science....like every other Bachelors of science. What are you going to do to celebrate that you worked for you bachelors harder than every other bachelors graduate by becomming a nurse. A choice above the rest. I think the pinning ceremony rewards and designates us being different from the rest. It celebrates us a caretakers of the sick and injured. It celebrates ALL that work we have done to get us where we are.....That we are a nurse and we are proud.

    If we don't have a clear vision and connection to where we have been........
    we will never be able to see where we are going clearly.

    How very terribly sad...... wow just wow.
  9. by   Sothep
    I'm a strong advocate of pinning as a bonding tradition... a ceremony of the old guard welcoming the newly initiated. Not exactly the same thing, nor very dissimilar, I was serving in the US Marines when a bunch of bored civilians learned about our tradition of 'blood pinning', and made such a fuss that the ancient tradition was criminalized. My point being two-fold: 1) embrace and cherish our proud traditions and history, and 2) never let outsiders take that away from you.

    School administrators aren't (probably) nurses, and the ceremony itself costs the school nothing. I have no idea why any prospective employer would even know either way, let alone care. It's not like you're getting "RN" tattooed on your forehead (though I know some nurses who would). It's as innoculous as, eg, film studies majors agreeing to wear yellow socks to graduation. If that's important to them, then they should do it.

    I look fondly back at those few blood pinnings I took part in before the change. Was it necessary? Of course not. Did it help unite us and remind us of our distinction from others? Absolutely. Even afterward, the 'bloodless' pinning ceremonies were still a strong, symbolic recognition of someone's merits and achievements, and our comaraderie together.
  10. by   Twinmom06
    our pinning ceremony is tomorrow - I'm a junior and we plan the senior's pinning - to us the pinning is bigger than graduation and I know many of the nursing grads are skipping graduation and just going to the pinning

    our department is very gung-ho about pinning
  11. by   PRNketamine7
    I am finishing my BSN this year. We have a pinning and a graduation with the rest of the school. I am much more excited for the pinning. I'm really only walking at graduation for my grandparents ( I'm their first grandchild). I would be very upset if they took the pinning away from us. I don't think that it shouldn't be for BSN students! Ps I am also in a school I NY close to the city.
  12. by   SHGR
    OP, does your school mean they do not want to PAY for it?

    If the school does not want to be involved, you could still have one.

    It would be work and planning, but you could still do it.
  13. by   BluegrassRN
    I declined to attend my graduation and pinning ceremony for my LPN; for my RN it was a graduation requirement and I was ****** as hell I had to take time off to attend. I am not a sentimental person and I hate crap like this. Silliness and a waste of time. I did not attend my BSN graduation or their little departmental pinning (so that we could be charged another 100 bucks for a pin?). I personally think it's just dumb. My accomplishments are meaningful to me, I don't need recognition, flowers, a pat on the back and a stupid Nightengale pledge to validate them.

    But who says the university has to approve or organize a pinning? Why do they get to decide? I like the idea of the junior students organizing it for the seniors. The school's student nursing chapter could organize it; they always seem to be gung-ho for projects. People who are interested in it can participate; those who aren't, don't have to.

    You want a pinning ceremony; take matters into your own hands. You don't need school approval to have one.