Pinning ceremony question - page 2

I posted this question on a Men in Nursing forum and wanted to get some other opinions... I've heard and seen several people comment on their pinning ceremony. From what I've read, the whole thing... Read More

  1. by   dosamigos76
    Geekgolightly-
    Absolutely awesome! Thanks for posting this.
    Cheryl
  2. by   MomNRN
    Well I have to tell you that our pinning ceremony was a major letdown.

    We were not "allowed" to have anyone other than the student participate in the ceremony. For some reason, the instructors did not want outsiders there. Many students voiced their opinion, but they were all shot down. We only graduated 15-20, so it is not like we are talking a big crowd here.

    So, anyway, our ceremony was held at 1:00 pm on a workday. They did not pin us, instead handed us our pins in a box, provided we had ordered a pin. They then named those who were inducted into the honor society, those who had finished in the top of their class, and so on.

    After having a piece of cheesecake they so thoughtfully provided, it was over. We did get to take photos if we wanted to. I was done in time to pick the kids up from school!

    Our graduation ceremony was held the next day and was a major celebration. It held much more meaning than the pinning. Did I want candles and the Nightengale pledge? Maybe, maybe not, but I did want the chance to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.

    I felt cheated!
  3. by   geekgolightly
    MomNRN i think you were cheated. that sucks. im sorry.
  4. by   geekgolightly
    Originally posted by dosamigos76
    Geekgolightly-
    Absolutely awesome! Thanks for posting this.
    Cheryl

    You're welcome! I thought it was an interesting read.
  5. by   CVnurse08
    Not to "hijack" the thread or anything, but where was everyones pinning ceremony held ?? What sort of building ?? Was it at your school or what ?? Just curious. Thanks so much.
  6. by   justjenn
    The candles, cappings and other stuff is tradition. And I know that LOTS of people on this forum want to get over the Florence Nightingale thing because it is so dated. But I love history. And people should remember it.

    Why do we have champange on New Years, turkey on Thanksgiving, throw hats in the air at graduation? You were lucky to have a degree & gone through the motions of graduation, but others have not. As I am an older student going back to school, I am looking forward to my graduation (God willing). And, I just found out that we in LPN, get to do the candle/lantern thing.

    It may seem corny to you, but this might be all the others will ever have & it may be important to them. If you do not go, you may be hurting others. You may be an inspiration or pillar of support to someone else & you don't know it. AND, you may regret it later. Who knows. Just think about it.

    Justjenn
  7. by   nekhismom
    We will graduate in Dec., so we will not have a graduation ceremony. If we want to walk in the graduation, we have to wait until the following May. Therefore, the pinning is basically our graduation. I plan to attend and invite every single one of my friends, family and anyone else who will come. Nursing school has been hard: physically, mentally and emotionally. I am definately going to celebrate and enjoy my pinning, even if the ceremony is a little outdated.
  8. by   chiefswife
    I am in the beginning of a two year ADN program, but I know that at the end, I want all the ceremony I can get - cheesy or not. I am not a "traditional" student and it has taken me a long time to get to nursing school and by the time I finnish, I will want all the pats on the back I can get.
  9. by   soogirl
    Glad to hear that I'm not the only one who thinks the pinning ceremony is outdated - I will be graduating in May 04 but will not be attending the pinning ceremony - I refuse to dress up like a Barbie doll nurse in a short white dress with cap - and I don't want to light any candles, show slides of myself, have my instructors read a little passage I write to thank everyone, and eat a cake that's too sweet with too much icing - I'll see everyone at the ceremony the next day.
    There are 16 graduating but only 10 attending the pinning ceremony - 'cause it's not our style. Too bad faculty won't let me attend in my business suit - much more professional than a white dress -
  10. by   hxs181
    Quote from nekhismom
    We will graduate in Dec., so we will not have a graduation ceremony. If we want to walk in the graduation, we have to wait until the following May. Therefore, the pinning is basically our graduation. I plan to attend and invite every single one of my friends, family and anyone else who will come. Nursing school has been hard: physically, mentally and emotionally. I am definately going to celebrate and enjoy my pinning, even if the ceremony is a little outdated.
    I have 8 guys in my grauduating class. the men are more into the ceremony then i would of thought, but they all plan to attend and have even suggested having our school's name on the candles. its just a celebration of our hard work. and i have to graduations, one from college in nursing and the pinning ceremony.
  11. by   kizmwah
    pinning ceremony is an event for us to be recognized as new nurses. a time for us to we awarded for being a full pledged nurse finally. and a time to party and enjoy with classmates who will be returning to their respective places after. for me, our pinning ceremony was a wonderful event! but...i know some school, they had their pinning ceremony before their graduation...meaning before they passed the local board exam...this for me is so so not GOOD. Personally, i don't want my pin at this time because i don't deserve it yet. Am i right?
  12. by   hxs181
    Quote from kizmwah
    pinning ceremony is an event for us to be recognized as new nurses. a time for us to we awarded for being a full pledged nurse finally. and a time to party and enjoy with classmates who will be returning to their respective places after. for me, our pinning ceremony was a wonderful event! but...i know some school, they had their pinning ceremony before their graduation...meaning before they passed the local board exam...this for me is so so not GOOD. Personally, i don't want my pin at this time because i don't deserve it yet. Am i right?
    to me it depends on what your pin represent, if its the RN pin or the School Pin. the school pin should be at graduation or in a ceramony of passing the torch depending if its a 2 year or 4 year program, and the RN pin should be either after passing boards or when you graduate but sence the whole class doesn't take the board at the same time its usually done at graduation and represents you being a graduate nurse.

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