Required to wear all white and carry a flower during pinning cermony - page 5

I just had my graduation....I felt girly because the students chose to wear all white and we had to carry a girly flower...I mean, if males dont speak up about this, it would seem that it is a female... Read More

  1. by   RN4Nascar
    At our pinning ceremony this year, we all wore white scrubs...the guys wore flower on shirt. It looked really sharp. I was on the pinning commitee and we did discuss that too, there was a guy on the commitee and he suggested that instead of the men carrying the flower. We didnt have to hold ours the whole time. The ceremony was really nice and everyone guys and gals proudly wore our whites!!
  2. by   pawashrn
    does it matter, if they made you wear stockings with garter belts and high heels. The bottom line is. It took approx. 20 minutes to wear a white uniform and carry a flower. think of all the things you have done in your life that more people saw and took longer to do and had nothing to do with a ceremony. My God, I would have gone naked if it meant I could take back more embarrassing things I have done. Here is a heads-up. Nurses wear uniforms (scrubs), because nursing is a submissive profession. We will always be second to the needs of the family.patient,doctors policies. How many of us have gone hungry or avoid going to the bathroom, because someone else needed something.
    Do it-drop it and move on.
  3. by   sunshineintheforest
    I see that this thread is pretty I wonder..has anything changed as of 2010? I don't understand why they don't just require white graduation gowns.. Perhaps they could add a red sash around the neck! How would one even go about changing these traditions? I have about a year and a half until graduation and I have no idea what my school does but if it's anything like the posts I've read I would hope I could do my part to help change it.

    I don't think it's about just getting through it. You should feel proud and honored in what the ceremony represents. You shouldn't have to spend the ceremony in something your great Grandma would have worn. Graduation gowns are very traditional, unisex and sophisticated. You have accomplished a great success, it shouldn't be treated how it was before you were even required to obtain a degree to be a nurse! Just my
  4. by   Argo
    This all sounds pretty stupid. I am glad I skipped my pinning ceremony. Its been over 3 years and I have not thought about it since then, until seeing this thread....
  5. by   ImThatGuy
    Is attending this kind of thing mandatory?

    I was shown this lamp the other day along with a pair of white scrubs and told about pinning. I immediately thought "**** that, I'm not doing this ****."
  6. by   elkpark
    Quote from ImThatGuy
    Is attending this kind of thing mandatory?

    I was shown this lamp the other day along with a pair of white scrubs and told about pinning. I immediately thought "**** that, I'm not doing this ****."
    It depends on the school to some extent. Many schools don't even offer pinning ceremonies any more. Others take it v. seriously.

    When I was graduating from a state uni BSN completion program a number of years ago, I wasn't interested in attending the pinning ceremony (although I did participate in all the other commencement activities) -- I had originally graduated from a hospital-based diploma ceremony and had been pinned at that time (in a lovely ceremony that was the official graduation ceremony for the school (and not nearly as schmaltzy as I hear many pinning ceremonies described nowadays ... )), and didn't see any reason to get pinned again ("pinning" is about becoming a nurse, and I was already a nurse; for me, this was about completing the academic degree). Also, it would have been a two-hour drive each way for me to attend. I didn't have any objections to the ceremony being held, but I was in a v. different place from the full-time, "regular" BSN students who were just starting out in nursing (who were v. excited about the ceremony),

    I heard later from a faculty member at the nursing program (who was so angry about it that she "broke ranks" and told me, which, of course, she wasn't supposed to do) that the nursing faculty had originally voted me the recipient of the "outstanding graduate" award for overall excellence, given each year (at the pinning ceremony) to the top nursing student in the graduating class, but, when they heard "through the grapevine" that I wasn't planning on attending the ceremony, some of them were so offended by that that they took the award away from me and gave it to another student (someone who was going to the pinning). Go figure -- you'd think I either was the outstanding graduate or I wasn't, but I guess it wasn't that simple.
  7. by   Schuur451

    We had to wear light purple shirts for community service day in nursing school. I was picking up trash next to a local college football team's practice. Didn't feel good. All of the guys in our class complained about it, and next year the shirt was black.