Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony - page 9

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. Visit  BlueDevil,DNP profile page
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    I'd chew my tongue off before I'd recite that tripe!
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  3. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    My problem isn't so much that they want to abolish the ceremonies, but that underlying attitude of many that actively seeks to distance the present-day profession from the history it is built upon, which was reflected in the quote about the Dean "wanting to get away" from things that reminded of the diploma school days. I don't know of another profession who's educators don't honor, or even ignore reminders of the past. Nursing seems to actually shun it's past. Other professions evolve as well, but they see it as progression without the antipathy.

    I guess the difference may be the issue of feminism that gets wrapped up into it, so instead of valuing what worked about that type of education, they see it mainly as nurses being servile "handmaidens", or people who don't claim the ability to make independent judgements as doctors do. I think we've sold diploma schools short with this focus and falsely given people the idea that there was no academic rigor instilled in them since they were based out of hospitals and not a college campus.
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  4. Visit  Ayvah profile page
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    20% of qualified nursing school applicants were accepted into my program, and of those, only 23% graduated. I felt the school did not do its part to assist the students to graduate - my family was what got me through. However they required that an instructor be the one to pin, which, to be honest, would have been a little insulting to me. Because of that I chose not to go to my pinning ceremony and instead spent the day celebrating with my family. I have never regretted opting out of my pinning. But if the school isn't supporting you and you would like to do your own ceremony I think that's a great idea
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  5. Visit  Old.Timer profile page
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    I know I am in the minority but as far as I am concerned, one "ceremony" should be adequate to recognize the achievement of nursing degree which is what the graduation ceremony now is. Beyond that, throw a party to celebrate when the pins come in.

    However, you can take what I say with a grain of salt ........ as I was a member of the first clinical group of eight in our BSN program to successfully resist wearing the nursing cap. This was late seventies. From then on, we were forever known throughout the school and in all the facilities we rotated through as the group that refused to wear caps.
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  6. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    I didn't actually get to go to my pinning. The ceremony was very religious, and it included some practices that just really collided with my beliefs. You wouldn't believe the flak I took for it. "No one in the history of this school of nursing has ever not attended pinning!" I remember telling them "Well, then I'm about to make history, because I am not going." They threatened to not give me my pin but backed off when I reminded them that it my pin...I paid for it. I wound up being told to sit outside the chapel and wait till the pinning ceremony was over; then I could have my pin, but not before.

    I still cherished that pin, even though it was the cause of much angst.
  7. Visit  CrazierThanYou profile page
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    Quote from OCNRN63
    I didn't actually get to go to my pinning. The ceremony was very religious, and it included some practices that just really collided with my beliefs. You wouldn't believe the flak I took for it. "No one in the history of this school of nursing has ever not attended pinning!" I remember telling them "Well, then I'm about to make history, because I am not going." They threatened to not give me my pin but backed off when I reminded them that it my pin...I paid for it. I wound up being told to sit outside the chapel and wait till the pinning ceremony was over; then I could have my pin, but not before.

    I still cherished that pin, even though it was the cause of much angst.
    Would you mind telling us what kind of practices? I have never been to a pinning and I have no idea what is going to happen at ours but as far as I know, there isn't going to be a religious aspect to it. I could be wrong though...
  8. Visit  BluegrassRN profile page
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    I'd chew my tongue off before I'd recite that tripe!
    That was the worst part of my required pinning ceremony. I just stood there with my stupid little candle and looked down. I wanted to barf. Luckily, I had already tapped that box of wine in the trunk of my car prior to the ceremony, and believe me, I made a beeline to that lovely little box o' heaven right after. Helped wash that awful taste from my mouth.
  9. Visit  Merlyn profile page
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    I'd chew my tongue off before I'd recite that tripe!
    TRIPE!? Let me tell you of this tripe. I knew this RN that went into the Army as a Medic. He went to Nam. He went into combat. His company were pined down by enemy fire. On guy was wounded out in the open somebody had to go out a get him. The Captain ask for volunteers. My friend said that he would go. But before he did he told me that he recited the oath. He crawled out but half way to the guy, he was hit in the side despite the wound he was able to reach the guy, give him a shot of Morphine and drag him back getting wounded a second time. for his action he was give the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He said he would have never made it if he didn't say the oath to remind himself that he had sworn before God that he would 'devote himself to those place within his charge. I have recited the oath every day, before I went to any job, for the last 40 years but then what do I know. I'm just a dumb LPN
  10. Visit  amoLucia profile page
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    Quote from Merlyn
    TRIPE!? Let me tell you of this tripe. I knew this RN that went into the Army as a Medic. He went to Nam. He went into combat. His company were pined down by enemy fire. On guy was wounded out in the open somebody had to go out a get him. The Captain ask for volunteers. My friend said that he would go. But before he did he told me that he recited the oath. He crawled out but half way to the guy, he was hit in the side despite the wound he was able to reach the guy, give him a shot of Morphine and drag him back getting wounded a second time. for his action he was give the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He said he would have never made it if he didn't say the oath to remind himself that he had sworn before God that he would 'devote himself to those place within his charge. I have recited the oath every day, before I went to any job, for the last 40 years but then what do I know. I'm just a dumb LPN
    It's an honor to know you and TY for caring.
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  11. Visit  Merlyn profile page
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    Quote from amoLucia
    It's an honor to know you and TY for caring.
    Thank You.
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  12. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    You don't like pinning. We get it. The architecture of your intellect soars way above ours. Let us grovel in the superstitious ooze and you be on your supercool way.
  13. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    Would you mind telling us what kind of practices? I have never been to a pinning and I have no idea what is going to happen at ours but as far as I know, there isn't going to be a religious aspect to it. I could be wrong though...
    I'd rather not, because I would get clobbered by certain posters here. I'll just say that it was very religious, and I didn't feel I cold attend. I do think it was somewhat ironic that they threatened to withhold my pin for not attending a ceremony that focused on religion.

    WWJD?
  14. Visit  SoHappyToBeRN profile page
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    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.
    boy, that last sentence sounds a bit condescending. But to each there own I suppose.
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