Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony - page 3

Hi all, I am currently a nursing student in a BSN RN program heading into my senior year (woo hoo almost done). I have also been elected Vice President of the Student Nurses Association at my... Read More

  1. by   peggy2624
    How much of our identity do we want to loose/give away? Sadly, uniforms and caps are a thing of the past....sloppy and ill-fitting scrubs, dirty grass-stained sneakers....even our name tags have RN printed in miniscule lettering (unless we protest). A school pin at least identifies where you worked so hard to get your degree and licenseure.
    Your patient should be able to identify you an a registered nurse but first you need to identify yourself as such and conduct yourself in such a way as you do yourself and your profession proud...Your patients and fellow staff shouldn't have to guess...
    We don't have to go back to doilies on our heads and giving up our seats to MDs but for heaven's sake have some pride in your appearance folks....
  2. by   PineappleCrush
    Oh, wow! Pinning is still a very big thing for us! I just graduated from Arizona State University's BSN program (class of 60 students) last August and our pinning was part of the graduation ceremony. ASU has two ceremonies: Commencement with the whole university and the star-speaker (blah, blah, blah). Half the time a ton of people don't bother with that because it's for the entire university, so the ceremony is HUGE, only doctoral candidates walk across the stage, etc., so you're literally just sitting there for like three hours listening to speeches. Boring.

    But Convocation is where the individual colleges do their own ceremonies and have class speakers, etc. In Convocation, we elect our class speaker, a couple of the deans do their own talking, they call the names of the students, we walk across the stage in our cap and gown, get pinned by a faculty member that we voted on, shake hands with the dean, and then get handed our diploma cover. So they just do it all in one go for us, which keeps the tradition alive, but not in it's own separate ceremony, which has always worked for us.

    The "pinning" simply consists of us putting the pin that we got at the Lighting of the Lamp ceremony at the beginning of the program on a long ribbon that we hand to the faculty of choice and they put it on us like a necklace. Not exactly a pinning, but it saves time lol. It works really well for us to just have the pinning be part of the graduation ceremony.
  3. by   PineappleCrush
    in error, see comment below
    Last edit by PineappleCrush on May 2, '12 : Reason: in error
  4. by   PineappleCrush
    Quote from Twinmom06
    our pinning ceremony is tomorrow - I'm a junior and we plan the senior's pinning - to us the pinning is bigger than graduation and I know many of the nursing grads are skipping graduation and just going to the pinning

    our department is very gung-ho about pinning
    That's really neat that the Juniors plan the Senior's pinning ceremony! That's kind of a cool tradition for your school. Reminds me of Juniors planning Senior Prom in high school :P
  5. by   dee78
    I had one when I graduated from LPN school, it was a beautiful ceremony. We had @40 graduates. We did have students who opposed having it in a church so it was held in the school gym. Those same students stood silent during the nursing prayer because they are atheists. My personal thought was that it is a religious like ceremony and they should have chosen not to attend (it was optional).That said, my RN pinning is on Friday!! We have 130 grads. It is mandatory but the ladies leading the prayers have been instructed to keep it nondenominational and not to say Jesus. Also, our pinning is the only graduation we get to share with all of our family because the college has limited us to 4 tickets.I think in the effort to be politically correct, nursing schools are doing away with the pinning. They may give other reasons but ultimately it comes down to the possibility of being sued.
  6. by   PacoUSA
    My school decided to combine the pinning ceremony with convocation. My graduating class had mixed emotions about this: the basic BSN 2-year students are the most ticked off because they fundraised for a while to have a separate ceremony. I am part of the 1-year accelerated BSN students, and most of us did not really care either way. I personally was happy not to have to attend a separate function, especially when a separate pinning ceremony would be more heavily attended by the 2-year class, and at our school the 1-year and 2-year students traditionally get along like oil and water. I guess I never really appreciated the significance of a pinning, as I am the first nurse in my family ... And this being my second career, I am more focused on graduating and getting back to work! One year of my life without employment had been incredibly and insanely difficult. I will never eat ramen noodles and cheese sandwiches again!
  7. by   hell0kittygyrl
    I'm getting pinned next Friday (at a 2 year school) and we almost didn't have one due to budgets. Anyway, my feeling (and those of the classmates I've talked to) is that the pinning ceremony is an honor, and a BIG deal. Not to take away from other curriculi, but we feel the Nursing Division deserves something special that is just ours. I have a 4 year degree as do many of my classmates, and we all say the same thing: getting a Bachelor's in something else is NOTHING like getting through a nursing program. If for no other reason than to recognize the hard work and dedication it's taken to get you here, you totally deserve a pinning ceremony (and I told my mom it might be the only time she gets to see me walk down an aisle wearing white )
  8. by   BroomQueen
    Well personally I'm not sure about BSN and all that, I'm just a lowely LPN BUT, my class only had 7 students in it and the other instructors didn't feel that we were enough to 'validate' an entire ceremony so they said we could wait and get pinned with the class following us, 3 months after we would have all graduated, taken our test and hopefully become LPN's. Well needless to say we did NOT wait lol. We decided that we would have our OWN ceremony with our own $ outside of school and just do it that way.. So just talk it over with your peers and see (I'm not sure if you said how far away you are from graduating) if everyone could pull some $ together, rent a space somewhere, make it a potluck instead of catered and just get some decorations. Have a guest speaker, maybe a favorite teacher or choose one amungst yourselves to do the introductions. You can usually order pins offline or even at a local scrub shop. It could still be a very nice ceremony, and hell, just to 'stick it to the man' (and out of professional courtesy of course ) Invite all of your instructions and 'higher ups' that had anything to do with your course studies. Good luck, I hope you have a good ceremony
  9. by   BroomQueen
    Being sued over what?
  10. by   neverbethesame
    I think that it is nice tradition that can still be carried out by the students themselves probably cheaper than it would've been had the school sponsored it. You can make it have any form or fashion that you all choose. Look at the positives of it.

    I can see from the schools POV why they think it's outdated in a way and "not professional" only in that no other professions have a sorority/fraternity-type ceremony. At least as far as I know, and I graduated with a BS in another field in 1994. Also, do the men get a pin too? Maybe that is part of it too.
  11. by   OCNRN63
    I think if your class wants the ceremony, you should have one. I find your instructor's comment insulting. I'm a diploma nurse who is in a BSN completion program. I've been certified in multiple specialties, yet by her standards I'm somehow defective or insignificant because I didn't go to a BSN program. FWIW, there were no BSN programs in my area when I graduated.

    Her comments are a prime example of issues that cause divisiveness in the profession.
    Last edit by OCNRN63 on May 2, '12
  12. by   mirni513
    Our CC is getting rid of the pinning ceremony as well. We were the last class to have it. I thought it was special and different and a tradition that should be upheld! All Nurses have a pinning ceremony! Not sure why they are doing away with it. Maybe because there is also a formal graduation, which I will not be attending btw! The pinning is exclusively for nurses and that is what i considered my graduation! Our ceremony was beautiful! That's sad that so many programs are doing away with it. Good luck with whatever you plan!
  13. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from amoLucia
    Good for you Spidey - just one more thought for these kids. Even if you guys don't have a ceremony, BUY your pin from whomever sells them!!! You'll never have the opportunity to do so again! Pins that have been lost or stolen are sorely missed by their owners. Years ago, RN magazine had a yearly issue whose cover page was full of various school pins; some pins were exquisite. So memorable to see your pin there. Don't know if RN magazine still exists. Ohhh, the old days!
    How true. I lost my original pin years ago, and I was heartbroken. I was able to find a company that made our school's pin, so I bought a replacement and had them engrave it on the back like the original. But it still wasn't the same.