What exactly is a "pinning ceremony"?? - page 2

I keep hearing about "pinning", is this in addition to graduation? Im a bit confused on this. :confused: Do we wear nurses' uniforms and caps:nurse: instead of the regualr cap and gown? I was... Read More

  1. Visit  rninme profile page
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    Oh elkpark....

    I am also a very proud diploma grad.....and my pinning ceremony was a very special moment for me. There are still some diploma schools around....I am a graduate of one of them. There is nothing generic about my school pin....and yes, it represents graduating from a school with 100+ years of nursing education. I am proud of my pin and of the school that it represents.

    I guess I am just sad to see some traditions die......
  2. Visit  suzy253 profile page
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    Quote from rninme
    Oh elkpark....

    I am also a very proud diploma grad.....and my pinning ceremony was a very special moment for me. There are still some diploma schools around....I am a graduate of one of them. There is nothing generic about my school pin....and yes, it represents graduating from a school with 100+ years of nursing education. I am proud of my pin and of the school that it represents.

    I guess I am just sad to see some traditions die......
    Ditto. I'm a very proud (recent) grad of a 3-year diploma program. Another one with 100+ years of producing nurses--very traditional, emotional and wonderful ceremony. I worked so hard to get my beautiful, beautiful pin and proudly wear it when I'm working.
  3. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from rninme
    Oh elkpark....

    I am also a very proud diploma grad.....and my pinning ceremony was a very special moment for me. There are still some diploma schools around....I am a graduate of one of them. There is nothing generic about my school pin....and yes, it represents graduating from a school with 100+ years of nursing education. I am proud of my pin and of the school that it represents.

    I guess I am just sad to see some traditions die......
    Let me clarify -- I'm talking about "duplicate" pinnings at colleges and universities that have commencement ceremonies for all the graduates. I am well aware that there are still (some) diploma schools around -- unfortunately (in my view), a lot fewer than there used to be -- and, of course, they still have pinnings as their graduation cermonies. That just makes sense, and, in that context, they do mean something.

    And I, too, proudly wear my pin anytime I wear a lab coat or uniform (and my cap, when I'm "in whites," although I'm in a specialty where we typically wear street clothes). But we are the minority, I'm afraid -- check out the many threads just on this site where many students complain about having to buy a pin and many nurses talk about having thrown it in a drawer after they graduated and have never worn it since ... I'm afraid the larger nursing community has moved on and left us behind -- the college and university nursing programs are a whole different world. Maybe it's better, maybe worse, but that's where we're at.
  4. Visit  niccikatie profile page
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    We had our pinning ceremony after the 'big' graduation ceremony at our university. Sounds like URI is a little different as A LOT of the colleges have their own ceremony after (and sometimes before!) the big University-wide ceremony.

    Honestly, I have no problem with them either way.

    Here is the URI pin:

    and the story behind it:
    The Origin of the Nursing Pin

    The pin of the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing, worn by its graduates, was selected by the first graduating class of 1950. It represents three aspects of professional nursing education: the Spirit of Nursing, the Science of Nursing, and the Art of Nursing. The central motif of the pin is an eight-pointed cross, similar to those worn during the Crusades by knights who were members of hospital orders. The cross represents humility, mercy, sincerity, and kindness--qualities of character which the members are encouraged to emulate. Superimposed upon the cross is the University seal which represents the academic and clinical preparation for professional nursing. Borrowed from ancient tradition, a laurel wreath surrounds the pin as a mark of honor and a symbol of esteem.
    Last edit by niccikatie on Apr 8, '07
  5. Visit  emllpn2006 profile page
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    At my school we had a very eligant pinning ceramony as the only graduation. It was a small practical nursing school. We all wore all white uniforms of our choice and recieved the lamp on knowledge our school pin and recited the nursing pledge. It was a very emotional time with many tears for most of our graduates.


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