Disappointed in Pinning "Ceremony" - page 2

Attended Univ's. Nothing special about it. Graduates wore street clothes and their parents or sig. other put their pins on them. Where in heaven did that idea come from? Had slide show of grads.... Read More

  1. by   passing thru
    My school had an elaborate ceremony, white uniforms, candles, the whole nine yards. Didn't you and your classmates have any input? We were very vocal on what we wanted for every event.
  2. by   igloorn93
    I feel bad for you. I for one miss the traditions of days gone by. Yes we live in a modern society, but why can't we step back in time for just one night (or day) and stick with the old tradition of the white uniform and cap and a good ole fashioned pinning ceremony? The white nurses uniform and cap still symbolizes a nurse today, no matter how much things change. For something as formal and prestigous as the pinning, we should stick with tradition.
  3. by   Zee_RN
    I got the impression this was NOT Barb/Old Biddy's pinning but a pinning ceremony she **attended** -- she was not a graduate in the pinning ceremony. We voted on how we wanted our pinning too -- I have to agree with MishlB -- the ceremony, however unceremonious, was for the graduates, not the public.

    My pinning ceremony was white uniforms, a speaker (who we voted for), no caps (again for which we voted against), the nursing pledge, the candles, etc. Faculty member pinned you. Family hooted and hollered. It was memorable.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    My pinning 5 years ago was lovely. We voted on what to wear and most chose "dress up" clothing. No whites . . although we did have a class photo taken in our white uniforms. We had a guest speaker, held candles, had music, our families pinned us. Cakes donated from the local hospitals. After the pinning we all jumped in the air to "I Feel Good!!" . . . .

    To each their own . .. .
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i thought "we" as nurses wanted the public to view us as professionals and if they see the pinning ceremony, dressed in white with caps as a symbol of that professionalism,
    what is the problem.

    maybe this may make the public take notice and want to learn about what we as lpns and rns really do. simple things speak volume too and to get where "we" as a body of nurses know we should be, this very well can be the beginning to that which once was.

    just maybe, the pinning/capping ceremony can be a learning tool for the public in the speaker's address about who nurses are and what they really do, you think?

    attire does represent the person, it really does and first impressions are lasting.

    one day we want the public to..., the next, we don't...?
  6. by   nadia562002
    I had my pinning a little over a week ago. We had a graduation ceremony downtown for the university then I had to push my family off to the pinning ceremony in a town 16 miles away. They were hungry too.
    Anyways, the pinning ceremony was really nice and much more personal then the graduation. We were all so happy for each person as they crossed the stage to light their candle, get pinned by the person of choice, and then get a pink rose from the dean.
    We wore what we wanted. My school ditched the nursing caps along long time ago. I personally think it would be neat to wear them for ceremonial purposes only though.
  7. by   JULZ
    I am not a nurse yet but I hope when I graduate we wear our nursing cap and whites!!! I think it looks so professional and classy. I think it's a shame that the ceremonies have gotten away from it.
    JUST MY OPINION!!
  8. by   igloorn93
    Way to go JULZ!!!!!!! Certain things should be maintained for ceremonial purposes if nothing else. My favorite graduation pic of all my grad pics is the one with my white uniform, nurses cap, and my colleges sash. I worked dang hard for that cap and was proud to wear it with it's stripes!!!!!!!!!
  9. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by zudy
    Had a lovely pinning in '86. We wore our caps, white uniforms. My favorite insructor pinned me. A very nice memory.
    Zudy, your ceremony sounded just like mine...lovely! We wore our white caps, white uniform dresses & white hose. Instructors pinned us...and my favorite instructor pinned me too! She also hugged me after I was pinned. In fact if memory serves me, everyone got hugs & a big smile after they got pinned. Some of our instructors (the nice ones) got teary eyed when they hugged us! We were also handed a single red rose as we departed off the stage.
  10. by   healingtouchRN
    I went to a university with a fair number of men in class, so never wore a cap. At convocation, we were pinned by our dean but in dress clothes, as processional was soon after. We voted to wear our new clothes, with gown & mortar board (BSN program). We did pass out roses to those who made our school time meaningful (to mom, dad, & grandma). No candles since it was a brand new building & fire code prohibited it. But, I still look back & think it was a special time. Very different from my sis- in -law who graduated from an ASN program 2 years after me & she wore white cap/white dress uniform & was pinned by her mom who was also a nurse. Very sweet as it was held in a church rather than the university (different school). Both were pleasing experiences. I am sure the men in her class felt a little strange though. I dunno......
  11. by   Dayray
    Mine was 2 weeks ago. I didn't take part in my LPN pinning but really wanted to go this one (the RN one)

    It was very nice all white, we got little brass nightingale lamps and white roses. Our instructors said the nurse pledge, a benediction, some poems it was great. We all got pinned by the chair of the nursing dept. Very memorable for me.

    At first I didn't like the idea of whites (we had no choice in the matter) but looking back it adds a nice effect. Purity and all that =P

    As for the hat I am a man and Iv never seen a man wear one and only very few women for that matter.

    Back in the day of caps, what did the few male nurses wear?
    Last edit by Dayray on May 20, '03
  12. by   peaceful2100
    I must say that I am at the middle of the road with this one. My pinning ceremony we were told to be professional and wear our Sunday best (Dress up REALLY nice). For the most part MOST of us did just that. However, I was a little disappointed by the fact that they just called our names and placed the pins in our hands in a little jewlery like box. They did not pin them on us or have anyone else do it.

    I can understand with wanting to keep the tradition and professionalism in the ceremony. I can understand how people would think that the public have expectations of us and wearing the white uniforms keeps the professional image of nurses but honestly I personally think for many people that would not matter because today's nurses do not wear white uniforms anymore like in the past. I think how one dress does say a lot but honestly I don't think uniforms will matter. I think it goes way beyond the uniform. That is just my personal opinion.

    Honestly I would not have cared if we did uniforms just as long as we did not have to pay a lot for them.

    My pinning ceremony was just Ok and I'll keep it at that.
  13. by   grneyes676
    Our Pinning Ceremony was nice. First we had graduation for the entire school and I think pinning was about an hour and half later. So we had time to go to lunch. We wore our caps and gowns and chose a family member/members to pin us. I had my young neice and nephew pin me. It was to hard to decide between my mother and father...lol We had a slide show of our few years together and Helen Erikson (modeling and role modeling) spoke, we recited the nurse prayer and the code of nurses.

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