History of the Nursing Pin/Ceremony

  1. I am looking for the history of how and where the tradition of the nurses pin came to be. I have seen several theories and would really like to know exactly how this tradition started.

    Any help woluld be great, Thanks.

    Jenn
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   RNPATL
    Jenn - I am not really sure of the actual origins of the nursing pin, but I do remember from school, that when nurses received their pin anc cap, it was to identify the nursing school from which they graduated. Each school had a unique pin and cap. Sorry, but that is all I remember.
  4. by   LauraF, RN
  5. by   RN_2_B_5/2004
    [QUOTE=RNPATL]Jenn - I am not really sure of the actual origins of the nursing pin, but I do remember from school, that when nurses received their pin anc cap, it was to identify the nursing school from which they graduated. Each school had a unique pin and cap. Sorry, but that is all I remember.[/QUOTE

    I understand that each school has their own pin, but I am looking for specific info regarding the start of the pinning tradition, what I had found was dating back to Florence Nightingale and the crimean war and about her receiving a broach from the order of merit in England, but not sure if this is actually the case.

    Thanks for your reply

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