Pinning ceremonies... - page 5

Hi - quick question about guys and pinning ceremonies. Don't mean to offend anyone, but pinning ceremonies (pins, Nightingale lamps, etc.) don't seem very oriented towards the male gender. Do male... Read More

  1. by   LPN0207
    I get pinned on the 22 of December and I am really looking forward to it, I have been chosen to be the speaker on behalf of my class, so I am now trying to write me speech. I know the ceremony will be a little cheesy, but I am so excited for myself and my classmates that we made it!
  2. by   tgb3rn
    Quote from allenstudent
    I have been chosen to be the speaker on behalf of my class, so I am now trying to write me speech.
    I hope you proof read your speech first, unless you are going for the popeye thing.
  3. by   LPN0207
    Hahahaha...thanks
  4. by   ZASHAGALKA
    I skipped my 'required' pinning ceremony - and never regretted it.

    I knew that requiring the guys to attend a girlie event was just a form of schadenfreudic humiliation. I didn't play.

    And the lamp thing: please. The Ivory Tower is SOOOOO enamored with the icon of Florence that they can't even decontruct her reality from a carefully created image. Florence would be APPALLED that the lady with the lamp stint is the lasting image so many people allegedly devoted to her vision put forth. She almost always shunned publicity about her Crimean days and there is considerable evidence that she was even embarrassed by it, having asked for an investigation that, to her horror, whitewashed the whole deal.

    Florence would NOT approve. Indeed, she didn't approve of that image, even in her own lifetime.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Dec 10, '06
  5. by   Brad_RN_Student_PA
    Yes, the pinning thing is def. dumb and uncalled for. I will probably be there, but i think it should be less in tune with the female gender. Then again, our uniforms (all white with fregin pleats in the back?) and all white shoes...the whole nursing profession needs to recognize that NURSE does not equal FEMALE anymore. I realize the tradition, but females in the military do not have to shave their heads. Yes, they do wear the camo with no make-up, but still...I feel my nursing program is very old-fashioned, and not progressive. But i'm almost done, so who cares. The pinning ceremony is insane. I am going to a college, not some hospital school of nursing where the girls are dormed up and not allowed contact by the opposite sex. I don't see physical therapists or any other fregin medical field that goes to a university having to "raise money" for a pinning ceremony. I personally could care less if I get "pinned", and believe it or not, some of the females feel the same way. Those pins are overpriced anyways, and I don't want one. Just my opinion.
  6. by   collegedean
    i am already done with my pinning ceremony and im so glad i only got a pin and a lamp, not a cap. lol.
  7. by   danh3190
    I've still got 1.5 years to go, but reading this great thread got me thinking ahead.

    I sure won't enjoy all the "girlie" things, but I will enjoy being with my classmates and sharing one last happy time together.
  8. by   MsBruiser
    My wife says the whole thing reminds her of the Girl Scout ceremonies she had to do. Asked me if we get a sash to put our pins on...
  9. by   Josh L.Ac.
    I joined a fraternity in my undergrad so I really don't want to join a sorority.


    Honestly, if they had roses and virgin dresses and caps and lamps at my future pinning ceremony, I'm sure that the majority of my classmates would riot. Since we all have at least one degree and are old / feeble / fear change, we tend have little patience for pomp and ceremony.
  10. by   Mommy TeleRN
    ok I admit I'm a chick hehe - but we have MANY male students in our large nursing program. I've been to one pinning and I don't know - it was this huge feeling of celebration! You could just see the graduating students happiness..of both genders. It was a multi part ceremony.
    The students walked in with one of our instructors singing this really pretty song..she has a great voice (even if she does have the hardest test questions known to man)
    Then some of the students gave short speeches, a few were given awards for outstanding achievement (usually clinically) The dean of nursing gave a speech and acknowledged each set of instructors who stood up when their name was called.
    Then one of our fave instructors read each students dedication (usually to family - like sorry I ignored you for 3 years lol) That was super cool. As their dedication was read the dean pinned the student and they picked up a lamp.
    The next section a song was played and the students went out and gave gifts to their family (my kids have given me their wish list lol)
    Then they showed pics taken by the class historians of students in class and clinical which was cute with funny pics. Lastly the students DANCED out of the auditorium to Natasha Beddingfield "Unwritten" which was cool and fitting. The students did wear white - I don't think it was any virgin thing - it's just our uniform and I think to keep it neat/uniform looking. Everyone looked very nice - no lighting anything, no flowers (unless the students gave them to family) and NO CAPS

    Our pinning is considered a great honor and a celebration of making it through all those years of pure you know what lol. It's a party. But it's also a welcome into the profession. So far I haven't heard any of the guys complain about it. We will all be so glad to be done - it will be one last hurrah! It is optional at my school but at the one I attended there were plenty of guys in attendance.
    From what I understand the STUDENTS plan the ceremony. If yours is too girly - get with your class representative and push for something more gender neutral. But be proud of your accomplishments and share that with your classmates. You all deserve a big pat on the back!
  11. by   Mommy TeleRN
    Oh PS - one of the male students gave the speech about the meaning of the lamp. He was so funny. He said something like "why didn't they give these to us during school? Oh in there wisdom they realized we were burn up our write ups" So he added wit to the whole thing too
  12. by   Sheri257
    The guys in our class did the funniest video for pinning/graduation.

    It featured the guys doing all of this funny stuff as they overslept and rushed off to clinical. But, at the end ... they had the guys strutting in the hospital parking lot, putting on sunglasses and slinging a stethoscope around their necks ... all in slow motion with Clint Eastwood style movie music playing the background ... like they were macho action movie heroes going to the hospital to save the day.

    It was hilarious and great way for the guys to do their thing during graduation. People loved it.

    :typing
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Dec 28, '06
  13. by   MsBruiser
    Quote from Mommy Nurse2b
    ok I admit I'm a chick hehe - but we have MANY male students in our large nursing program. I've been to one pinning and I don't know - it was this huge feeling of celebration! You could just see the graduating students happiness..of both genders. It was a multi part ceremony.
    The students walked in with one of our instructors singing this really pretty song..she has a great voice (even if she does have the hardest test questions known to man)
    Then some of the students gave short speeches, a few were given awards for outstanding achievement (usually clinically) The dean of nursing gave a speech and acknowledged each set of instructors who stood up when their name was called.
    Then one of our fave instructors read each students dedication (usually to family - like sorry I ignored you for 3 years lol) That was super cool. As their dedication was read the dean pinned the student and they picked up a lamp.
    The next section a song was played and the students went out and gave gifts to their family (my kids have given me their wish list lol)
    Then they showed pics taken by the class historians of students in class and clinical which was cute with funny pics. Lastly the students DANCED out of the auditorium to Natasha Beddingfield "Unwritten" which was cool and fitting. The students did wear white - I don't think it was any virgin thing - it's just our uniform and I think to keep it neat/uniform looking. Everyone looked very nice - no lighting anything, no flowers (unless the students gave them to family) and NO CAPS

    Our pinning is considered a great honor and a celebration of making it through all those years of pure you know what lol. It's a party. But it's also a welcome into the profession. So far I haven't heard any of the guys complain about it. We will all be so glad to be done - it will be one last hurrah! It is optional at my school but at the one I attended there were plenty of guys in attendance.
    From what I understand the STUDENTS plan the ceremony. If yours is too girly - get with your class representative and push for something more gender neutral. But be proud of your accomplishments and share that with your classmates. You all deserve a big pat on the back!
    I would sooner skip my ceremony than sing and dance. Barf...just my opinion, of course.

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