Abolishing the Pinning Ceremony - page 6

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   Wild Irish LPN
    call me a sucker for tradition if you want to but....I am really looking forward to our pinning ceremony, in fact much more emphasis is placed on this ceremony than anything else....I will be very proud to have my wife and kids, extended family see this incredible moment....I would be really bummed if this tradition were to go away, very meaningful in my opinion....
    Last edit by Wild Irish LPN on May 2, '12
  2. by   dscrn
    ...back i n the day, in addition to capping, diploma schools also held striping ceremonies. (students officially advanced to the next level of school) I really see nothing wrong with any ceremony that gives recognition for a job well done...
  3. by   merlee
    I am an old, old diploma nurse, and we had capping, striping, and pinning ceremonies!

    Since we no longer wear caps, the pin is what might distinguish me from other nurses in a group. I also still have my ceramic Nightingale lamp, with the school crest on it, in a place of pride in my home!

    My pin represents all that work, all that sweat, and all those tears!

    And there were covers, on the R.N. Magazine, that showed so many pins. So interesting.

    I am not sure how you would do a pinning without an official pin from the school.
  4. by   AMN74
    My class of 88 was the first class that did not have a capping ceremony, we did get pins though, and I still keep it as a prized possession after all these years. I recall our class discussing the capping, and since nobody wore caps anymore the classes general vote was not to be capped. Times sure are changing!!
  5. by   Good Morning, Gil
    My first degree was non-nursing, but I enjoyed the graduation ceremony, etc. From nursing school, the pinning was held during the graduation ceremony. It wasn't anything super special, just got a pin placed on my shirt lol, but I still think it's a nice tradition, but I'm kind of the sentimental type. Every time I go visit my family, there's certain traditions we have. What can I say? I'm a sap lol. And, to me, there's no reason to "abolish" it; it doesn't make one nursing school superior to another as your school would have you believe lol.
  6. by   jtk57
    I graduated last year from a school of nursing ranked in the top 10 in the country in US News and World Report. It's located in a large metropolitan area known for fine schools and hospitals, and I am currently working in the hospital "across the street" from said School of Nursing. My nursing school graduating class was about 600 strong with half getting Graduate degrees and half Bachelors. In fact, we graduated the largest class of nurses in the state and the graduation ceremony was massive. As nursing graduates we had our own pinning ceremony and rah-rah session in the same building, but it took place before the actual convocation so we got to celebrate twice. The only reason I am saying all this is that I graduated from a huge, well respected school of nursing and the majority of my classmates were thrilled to be pinned. We chose people who meant a lot to us and who helped us get here, and they pinned us. Some chose a special faculty member or mentor, some chose a spouse or one of their kids. One of my classmates chose to be pinned by the first black graduate of the school of nursing, a wonderful elderly lady who is an inspiration to all of us. Anyone who says this ceremony didn't mean anything or that larger programs are abandoning pinning ceremonies is being disingenuous. If administration thinks it is a hassle, or if they want to save money, or if they have some other motive, they should just come out and say it. The notion that pinning ceremonies somehow diminish the standing of the school is ludicrous. Congratulations on your achievement and keep fighting to keep the special traditions of nursing alive; nursing is a breed apart, unlike other undergraduate programs, and every time a hallowed tradition is discarded like it doesn't mean anything, part of that unique bond among nurses also is lost. Just my 2 cents!
  7. by   turnforthenurse
    I loved my pinning ceremony. I would have been very upset if my school decided not to have it!
  8. by   mcneillmama3
    When I went to ADN school we had a very big to do- separate nursing graduation ceremony and pinning= very moving. When I entered an RN to BSN program at the University, the pinning ceremony was elective. Probably most people didn't go because with a University, students attend from all over. I would have been a tiny fish in a very big ocean. I did attend the December university graduation ceremony. The university I went to divided that ceremony into and afternoon and morning ceremony by majors, so we each got to walk across the stage and have our name read aloud with our degree and our honors. The school didn't even have a guest speaker to blab and take up time either. The Chancellor said he felt like it it was more important to walk across the stage than to listen to him talk! To me that was the big deal because I graduated summa cum laude. At my son's graduation, it was so huge, no one walked across the stage, just an entire major stood up together and sat back down.
  9. by   amoLucia
    Last entry, promise. #1 - I think I need to correct something I previously posted. I think those annual nursing pins magazine covers were the product of Nursing '74, '75, '76, '77, etc, (every year they changed the year number). SORRY! RN magazine was another good publication of the time along with AJN. #2 - This topic is reflecting some really passionate polarization. I'm surprised that so many don't feel the same re: the heritage of this simple rite of passage. Yeah, it's sentimental and costly, sometimes, and mushy. But how many of you would forego engagement and wedding rings? How about Sweet 16 birthday parties & prom nites (all sentimental, co$tly and mushy)? Sheesh...we need some magic in our profession! Like cookies for Santa's reindeer and teeth under our pillows. I do recognize there are some exceptions for strong personal reasons to opt out, but this issue is only about recognizing ourselves for our accomplishments and sharing with those closest to us at the time...our families and peers. Lord knows...nobody else will and future opportunities will be limited. (I'll step down from my soapbox now - thanks for listening.)
  10. by   honeyortar
    graduating in two days with my BSN and our pinning will be along with our graduation. I believe this is the first time they're doing it that way. sad.....hopefully it doesn't mean they'll eventually get rid of it all together
  11. by   SoldierNurse22
    My college had a pinning ceremony when I graduated. It was a great experience. It was something that our instructors, the elder generation of nurses, was able to hand down to us, the younger generation of nurses. It bound us together into one profession as our teachers welcomed us as budding colleages. Pinning is a long-running tradition. I understand that nursing leaders want nursing to appear professional and relevent, but we cannot sacrifice our history for this effort.

    Long live the pinning ceremony!
  12. by   PetsToPeople
    This thread makes me so sad for the future of nursing...and nurses wonder why so many new grads are skipping straight over NP programs.
  13. by   lisaannej
    I graduate with my BSN in 6 months, and I have no idea if we have a pinning ceremony! I think if we do it's along with graduation because my school is just a school for nursing, so it doesn't have to share graduation with other majors. It would be super to be pinned!