Pinning ceremony, now that you're an RN, was it worth it? - page 4

I'm wondering how you experienced nurses feel about your pinning ceremony now that you are out in the working world. I'm a single mother. Money is tight. Our class wants in the neighborhood of... Read More

  1. by   sailornurse
    I teach at a BSN program. The School pays for everything. The pins etc.
    It is a beautiful program. I start to cry each time. But I also smile as each student is pinned by their family, sometimes I remember the first time I helped that student with an IV/foley etc. The whole program is planned by the faculty. We order flowers, arrange the music, print the invitations & program.
    We ask the students to select a speaker from each group, ( We have traditional BSN students, RN's completing BSN's, & Masters) This the only time the students see the entire faculty together & we were our academic regalia ( mortarboards/gowns). The students decide what they will wear, lately it is black/white theme & they pay for pictures. The committee arranges for a photog to be available after the dress rehearsal. This is the last time you will see your class together, & many you will never see again, ever. That said. I am in the process of ordering a replacement pin & the most expensive one is $272 for a 14 K white gold. I too am curious about the high cost. Maybe it won't help you but perhaps those that follow, if they can know ahead of time. You also have to pay to take NCLEX, the fingerprints, perhaps buy NCLEX study books or take a review course, but you've got nothing to lose by asking about the breakdown for the costs. Never too late to compromise. Maybe your family could give you this a an early Holiday gift/graduation gift? Good luck & Congratulations.
  2. by   TazziRN
    Quote from Halinja
    Shoot, Tazzi, you asked me something way back and I didn't answer.
    That's 'kay, I'm used to being ignored.
  3. by   Jocie
    I think pinning cerimony was very important...it means more to me than actual graduation...just cause my class was pretty close... but 250.00...no way i think we payed like 25.00 and that wasn't bad. why are they expecting you to pay so much...not sure its worth that much to be honest.
  4. by   Halinja
    Quote from TazziRN
    That's 'kay, I'm used to being ignored.
    Noooooooo!!!

    jdrake_rn why are they expecting you to pay so much?
    Heck if I know! That's a LOT of groceries that I could buy instead.
  5. by   Ayonti
    I did not go to my pinning ceremony and I did not have second thoughts about it. I knew I did not want to go but I asked my husband and children if they wanted to go because they went through this journey with me. They all said they did not want to go. It did not bother them in the least. I was happy because I really did not want to go. We all had a good time at my graduation with the rest of the family.
  6. by   P_RN
    JohnBearPA that is a priceless story.
  7. by   AfloydRN
    I didn't go- Had to work that day. You will receive your pin wheather you attend ceremony or not.

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