Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony - page 5

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   cindyk123
    I think the pinning cermony is so important. I attended one for my associate degree and was proud and excited about the whole thing. Last year I graduated with my BSN and was disappointed that pins were not even offeed for the graduates that were already RNs to even buy. They only had a ceremony for those that were new RNs. I would of loved to have had a pin from my BSN it took a great deal of dedication to complete with raising 3 kids on my own and having an injury that almsot disabled me.
  2. by   klone
    I graduated from a community college, so our pinning ceremony was combined with the graduation ceremony, which was separate and just for the nursing class. It was pretty special, and we got to choose which instructor we wanted to present our pin to us.

    My husband (who was then my fiance) also was graduating from nursing school, at a school across the country. His graduation/pinning was on the same day as mine, but he skipped his so he could drive 2000 miles to come to mine. True love!

    I will be graduating from my BSN program this winter, but I will probably not attend the graduation (online, but they do offer an in-person ceremony). I just want the piece of paper!
  3. by   kcdunlap
    I graduated an ASN program last May. No pinning ceremony. If my aunt (A nurse herself) hadn't asked about my pinning ceremony I don't think I would have ever known about the tradition.
  4. by   CountyRat
    Of course the pinning ceremony is "old school!" It is called, tradition. Traditions link us to those who have come before, and bequeathed to us the profession that we are now called to uphold. This is a beautiful thing that helps people see themselves as part of something bigger than themselves. The fact that other schools and other professions do not have this tradition makes it even better. That highlights the unique nature of our undertaking.

    Oh, and just a note in passing; thirty years later, my Los Angeles County School of Nursing pin is still one of my prized possessions, and I wear it on my suit jacket or lab coat at formal and professional occasions. I am very proud to be part of that old fashioned tradition.
  5. by   sallyp911
    Do not abolish the pinning ceremony! Someone mentioned if they do, get together to have it yourself. Get your own pins made or ordered. Print out and use the social media network to get the word out!

    Doing away with this traditional ceremony is so un-American! To me, that's like having only raw mushrooms and tomatos and water served at Thanksgiving dinner and no turkey or ham or going to a 4th of July celebration out in the woods to watch the moon rising or coming to a Xmas party with no presents to exchange, no food served, no TV watching but instead watching a bean seed grow.

    If it means doing some kind of fund raiser due to budget cuts: do a car wash, have a multiple garage sale, cookie sale, etc, just do it.

    Call the local TV or cable station why you're sponsoring this cake sale, car wash, house cleaning services. Not to get you or your school in trouble, but to gain better exposure to your cause.
    Last edit by sallyp911 on May 2, '12 : Reason: added info
  6. by   Patti_RN
    I attended a diploma program (I already had a BS and the accelerated BSN programs weren't yet an option). Since then I've added two rigorous graduate degrees. There wasn't an academic moment in my life as proud as when I finished nursing school. I had a favorite instructor who also was also one of my clinical instructors. She was a wonderful mentor and incredibly demanding as well as encouraging. In the couple months prior to my graduation she was diagnosed with cancer. I visited her in the hospital and asked her--if she were well enough--would she come to my graduation and give me my nursing school pin in the ceremony? The ceremony meant an enormous amount to both of us. I keep that pin in a drawer; I've never worn it since my instructor died. But, I do take it out and remember her grace and determination, both as an instructor and as a dying cancer patient. My story has no real place in this discussion whether to abandon these pinning ceremonies, but to me it was a deeply personal and meaningful moment in my nursing career that I'll always cherish.
  7. by   Twinmom06
    the school doesn't pay for our pinning ceremony - it is held on campus in the gym but the students buy their pins and their "pinning whites" and the SNA pays for a small reception afterward...

    I think there would be riots if they ever cancelled ours, and I attend a satellite campus of a HUGE university, in fact the BSN's (if they attend the RN to BSN program) also get pinned again...
  8. by   RNsRWe
    Huh. Well, let's see if you can figure out where I stand.

    I graduated with my first degree (non-nursing) a whole pile of years ago. Had no interest in attending the graduation ceremony; they mailed me my diploma/degree.

    I graduated with my second degree (nursing); I had no interest in going to that graduation either (yep, they mailed me that diploma/degree, too). HOWEVER, the PINNING ceremony you would have had to have used wild horses to drag me away from! That pinning ceremony was for my nursing school accomplishments, it was recognition of what I had done outside the normal "student" thing. This wasn't a ubiquitous degree in humanities or business administration, it was....NURSING. My family and close friends attended the pinning; as far as I was concerned, THAT was my graduation.
  9. by   nurse2many
    I did not celebrate passing NCLEX, the way I celebrated the end of my nursing school. I was proud to get my $7 pinn, and it's the most prized item in my jewlery box,lol! Shame, for depriving NG's this beautiful, old nursing tradition.

  10. by   whichone'spink
    When the class of 2011 at my school had a general convocation ceremony with the health science students, the MSNs and DNPs, I was disappointed. Imaging my surprise and joy when it was announced that there would be a pinning ceremony for the class of 2012. This is the only ceremony I want to attend. I'm sorry, but the other graduating students of 2012 in the other colleges do not know what the heck I had to go through to get my degree. They didn't work half as hard. Even the pre-med students didn't do half the work that we nursing students had to do to get to this point (their hard work will come later). I am not even bothering with the commencement ceremony because I have no connection with the other graduating students.

    And hopefully my school pin order was not lost, because I will wear that pin every day to work.
  11. by   mmc51264
    We are an ADN student and were not going to get one. We organized our own
  12. by   SoHappyToBeRN
    Quote from 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.
    I completely agree!! That is a day I have dreamed about since I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I don't care about attending the graduation but the pinning means a lot to me!! Makes me wonder why it holds more importance to some and not others? Interesting topic!
  13. by   elkpark
    The pinning ceremony was not (as someone commented earlier in the thread) "created" to set the nursing students apart from the other graduates. Pinning ceremonies date back to hospital-based diploma programs, at which they were the official graduation ceremony, the only graduation ceremony there was. Now that most nursing programs are in community colleges and universities, which have school-wide commencement exercises, that commencement exercise is the graduation ceremony, for all the graduates. College and university officials don't really see a reason why the school should pay for the nursing program(s) to have an additional, extra ceremony at graduation that the other colleges and departments don't have, and are seriously irritated that so many nursing students skip the official commencement ceremonies (that has been a big deal at the schools in which I've taught). I agree that the pinning ceremonies are now redundant and pointless at most schools (and I say that as an old diploma-school grad, who has treasured memories of my own pinning ceremony, which was our graduation), and I have no problem with them being eliminated, esp. the way so many schools "do" them now. Most of the pinning ceremonies I read about on this site sound more like highly structured graduation parties than anything else (slideshows of memories from school, family members pinning graduates, etc., etc.), and very far removed from the original intent and purpose of "real" pinnings. And students planning and putting on their own pinning ceremonies makes exactly as much sense as having students plan and put on their own commencement -- if the pin (or degree) isn't being officially conferred by the school, it's meaningless.

    Certainly, nursing students have worked hard to get through school, and deserve to have some special get-together to celebrate their accomplishments and enjoy each others' company as a group one, last time -- you should certainly put together a great party for yourselves and your families; just don't call it a "pinning ceremoney," because it isn't. It doesn't mean you can't get a pin; at my graduate school commencement, we were handed our pin along with our degree, and I wear that pin every day at work, the same as I do the pin from my diploma school. But, outside of diploma schools that aren't affiliated with any college or university (and there are v. few of those left), pinning ceremonies are simply a hollow, sentimental, pointless exercise. TPTB in nursing have worked long and hard for the last few generations to get nursing education out of hospital-based schools and into colleges and universities -- well, it worked and that's largely where nursing education is happening now. And students at colleges and universities have commencement exercises when they graduate. I'm not sure how we can justify wanting to have it both ways (and I don't really see how, as some here are arguing, nursing students are so different and special and more important than graduates from other majors that we deserve a whole separate, special ceremony).