Pinning ceremonies... - page 6

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   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 showed this post to my wife. She keeps insisting that it is a put-on - that no one would sing and dance, woman or guy, at a professional induction ceremony. I had to tell her..."honey, I think she is serious."
  2. by   Mommy TeleRN
    lol stopnik - silly the students didn't sing. The teacher sang a very pretty serious song as the students entered. At first I didn't even realize it was her. That part was all serious.
    At the end as it was all over and the students were leaving they played the "unwritten song" and as the students filed out they were sorta dancing down the aisle. Picture like a graduation ceremony where they throw the hats at the end - sort of like yea its all over..we are partying now!

    Maybe it's a "guess you have to be there" kind of thing.

    Although right now Im pissed at my school so makes me want to boycott too! lol hopefully I'll be over it come May
  3. by   MsBruiser
    Quote from Mommy Nurse2b
    lol stopnik - silly the students didn't sing. The teacher sang a very pretty serious song as the students entered. At first I didn't even realize it was her. That part was all serious.
    At the end as it was all over and the students were leaving they played the "unwritten song" and as the students filed out they were sorta dancing down the aisle. Picture like a graduation ceremony where they throw the hats at the end - sort of like yea its all over..we are partying now!

    Maybe it's a "guess you have to be there" kind of thing.

    Although right now Im pissed at my school so makes me want to boycott too! lol hopefully I'll be over it come May
    :spin: Silly me is right! That actually sounds kind of cool...thank god you have a sense of humor about my post. I was expecting to get flamed! Congrats on your graduation...
  4. by   Mommy TeleRN
    Nah...I'm not the flaming type. I know guys - been married to one for 12 years - and sometimes there just is no convincing them Well sometimes there are ways - but that is only with your own husband hehe.

    I don't graduate til May but I'll accept the congrats in advance. I just want this all to be a distant memory soon ... sometimes it feels like nursing school sucks all the joy right out of your life. You are too broke to buy anything or do fun stuff, you are too busy studying and your brain feels like it's going to EXPLODE, if you work you stay dead tired, and if you have kids you and your spouse are going complete opposite directions to keep childcare covered... I WANT MY LIFE BACK! So yea..I'm gonna be partying! It's like being released from jail :hatparty: :smiley_aa
  5. by   manofcare
    Do you think they can just mail the pin? I can tell I'm going to be busy that night, I think it's during deer season.
  6. by   tgb3rn
    Quote from manofcare
    Do you think they can just mail the pin? I can tell I'm going to be busy that night, I think it's during deer season.

    Oh ya, That will fly like a big freaking rock, thrown into a 70 MPH headwind, by a 5 yo girl!!!:spin:
    Good luck
    Tom
  7. by   jov
    Quote from Mommy Nurse2b
    lol stopnik - silly the students didn't sing. The teacher sang
    yea, you silly ol' stopnik, the students only danced while the teacher sang. Now there's a pinning any man would be proud to be a part of.

    unclear on the concept here?
  8. by   ewattsjt
    wow! i just read all the posts and now i am just sick!!!!!!! when will it end? i currently work in surgery as a cst and already see things like this. you should see the tote bags i got for christmas for the past 2 years! there is nothing neutral sexual in a tote bag.

    this having been said; there is nothing neutral sexual in a capping or lantern lighting ceremony. the pinning itself, i can live with. i will do the other ceremonies if i have to but, why humiliate me?

    the only reason we keep the ceremony is because of tradition. hazing was tradition also; was it a good one? i don't think so. look into our pasts and see what traditions were really worth keeping. the one where women were not allowed to vote? it was an unnecessary tradition but some fought to keep it. i could keep going but we all get the point. it is an unnecessary tradition to do the girlie things in the ceremonies. men are steadily increasing in numbers in the nursing field so this tradition should change to reflect us equally.
  9. by   locolorenzo22
    lizz...out of curiosity, how many guys did you have? We currently have 3/55 and I'm waiting to see if the other two made it through 1st semester. It might be a bit of a shock if I walk in the door first day of class and TAH DAH...it's the incredible "token male"! Although I'd have to make sure I'm a least worth a golden dollar.....
  10. by   jb2u
    Maybe I am the only one, but I really am looking forward to my pinning ceremony. I plan on having my son "pin" me. I will have a black suit on, and I am going to get my son a black suit.

    For those that do not like the idea of a pinning ceremony, I hope your school will be understanding that you wish not to participate.
  11. by   tgb3rn
    Quote from jb2u
    Maybe I am the only one, but I really am looking forward to my pinning ceremony. I plan on having my son "pin" me. I will have a black suit on, and I am going to get my son a black suit.

    For those that do not like the idea of a pinning ceremony, I hope your school will be understanding that you wish not to participate.
    If I would have been allowed to wear a black suit then I would have had no problem with it. I was FORCED to wear a freaking white graduation gown or whatever they wish to call it with a white graduate style hat and a freaking rose pinned on it while carrying a candle---had some stupid slide show and the song was the I believe I can fly CRAPPPPPPP!!!!!!! Was COMPLETLY for the ladies, I was the only male out of 30+ students.
    To all of the ladies out there that think that is just fine--YOU ARE WRONG!!! It would be like if you had gone to school to be a truck driver and they made you wear coveralls and played heavy metal while the stripper danced.:angryfire
    Tom
  12. by   locolorenzo22
    ARRGH...you had to wear the Hat & the freaking ROSE pinned to it with a candle?? I think I'd opt out and magic marker a few designs to it of my own. I don't believe men in my program have to wear the hat, but I know they have to wear the white clinical style uniform....I'm shooting to be a speaker at graduation, because I just want to do the male version of what it means to be a nursing student....of course, I'm sure they'd make me get my speech approved....with good reason. I'm known as a bit of a smart ass, but it's all done respectfully with good humor behind it. Now, if we had strippers, and heavy metal songs...like "Heal Me" and "Cat Scratch Fever"...that might be a more low-key ceremony.
  13. by   jb2u
    In my school the students control the pinning ceremony. Normally, the ladies wear black dresses and the men wear black suits. Yes there can be lamps and flowers, but I figure I can give the rose to my wife. Later in life, I can give the pin to my son and the lamp to my daughter. I would dread a white gown or our white uniforms!

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