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My pinning ceremony is in 7 days and I do not want to go either. I am definitely not going to graduation and sitting there while they call about 3000 names and I am not going to make my family sit through that either. I have worked long and hard to get the RN and I do not need a pin or a piece of paper to show off my accomplishment. I am proud of all that I have gone through to get here and my family is proud of me and that is all I need. I hated nursing school and all of the crap that went with it and cannot wait to get away from it all.

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I say do whatever feels right. I went to my first Bachelors graduation, mostly for my family (first generation college graduate) and the ceremony was fairly small, our department and maybe 2 other related departments. For my masters, I skipped out on the graduation ceremony. The pinning ceremony sounds cheesy but seems like it might be fun.

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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My pinning ceremony is in 7 days and I do not want to go either. I am definitely not going to graduation and sitting there while they call about 3000 names and I am not going to make my family sit through that either. I have worked long and hard to get the RN and I do not need a pin or a piece of paper to show off my accomplishment. I am proud of all that I have gone through to get here and my family is proud of me and that is all I need. I hated nursing school and all of the crap that went with it and cannot wait to get away from it all.

I get the college graduation and not going but.......isn't the nursing pin a symbol of the suscessful completion of the difficut process of becomming a nurse and therfore somethnig to be proud of?

I still wear my nursing pin to this very day...partly because of the tradition (and yes I still have my cap in glass on my dresser) but the accomplishment of it all and what it signifies.....

I don't know why ......but that makes me very sad......

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whalems has 32 years experience and specializes in FNP, Derm Research, Critical Care, Oncol.

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I went to my pinning ceremony 31 years ago and was very proud.

I am also proud when someone comments on my unique pin (St. Vincent's Hospital in NYC).

I can understand when you have had a bad experience, but ask yourself what made it bad.

Were the instructors too tough? The courses difficult? Did you think school was going to be a breeze? Felt that courses were not relevant?

Here's the deal--you can kill someone in seconds if you do not have a proper understanding of what you are or are not doing.

I started in a diploma school, completed my bachelor's and have 2 Master's.

Was it easy-No.

Did I want to give up-Yes and usually when I was exhausted.

But I have accomplished so much and my patients are the better for what I have accomplished.

I work as a full time FNP and also am a clinical nursing instructor for 2 schools in NYC.

Students have complained that I expect perfection.

I say that your patients expect excellence.

Mediocrity does not breed excellence.

Go or don't go to graduation--only you will miss out.

But be the best that you can be.

Treat your patients as you would your family and leave each day knowing that you have done your best.

Sometimes the holding of a hand can mean more that a shot of Morphine.

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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I went to my pinning ceremony 31 years ago and was very proud.

I am also proud when someone comments on my unique pin (St. Vincent's Hospital in NYC).

I can understand when you have had a bad experience, but ask yourself what made it bad.

Were the instructors too tough? The courses difficult? Did you think school was going to be a breeze? Felt that courses were not relevant?

Here's the deal--you can kill someone in seconds if you do not have a proper understanding of what you are or are not doing.

I started in a diploma school, completed my bachelor's and have 2 Master's.

Was it easy-No.

Did I want to give up-Yes and usually when I was exhausted.

But I have accomplished so much and my patients are the better for what I have accomplished.

I work as a full time FNP and also am a clinical nursing instructor for 2 schools in NYC.

Students have complained that I expect perfection.

I say that your patients expect excellence.

Mediocrity does not breed excellence.

Go or don't go to graduation--only you will miss out.

But be the best that you can be.

Treat your patients as you would your family and leave each day knowing that you have done your best.

Sometimes the holding of a hand can mean more that a shot of Morphine.

Bravo!!!!:yeah::yeah::yeah::yeah::yeah:

Beautifully said.........:bow::bow::bow:

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Seas has 4 years experience and specializes in Telemetry, OB, NICU.

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I liked someone's statement.

I don't want to offend anyone but, I think the reason mostly is that people think they are too cool for school. lol. Or they want attention, like people will be wondering why they are absent and such. or another reason could be that they are just nontraditional students-age wise- and aren't excited for such celebrations as much as the younger students.

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~Mi Vida Loca~RN has 6 years experience and specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics.

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I went and I am glad I did. I loved my friends and family hooting and hollering from the audience when my name was called too. Now I have to go to the main college graduation tomorrow. That one I am not excited about.

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It doesn't mean that people think they're "too cool for school" :rolleyes: or attention seekers just because they don't want to go to pinning. They're not going for the exact reasons they've stated. Some people don't feel that pinning is anything special. Completing school is a big enough accomplishment for some people. Just because pinning holds special, sentimental meaning to some of you, it doesn't mean that others have an I'm-too-cool-for-this attitude because they feel differently. Their reasons for not going are just as valid as your reasons for going.

I'm going to the pinning ceremony, but that's only because it's something I want to experience as my end to nursing school. That's all. I'll never wear the pin again. The pin has no special meaning for me. The pin is not what I've worked for. I'm not going to graduation. It's the entire college and I don't even know those people. At least at pinning it'll be the people I've gotten to know and spent the past 2 years with.

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