Once upon a pinning ceremony
Dear nursing class that just had to have their own caps – THANKS A BUNCH!
We have a pinning ceremony to plan. It’s the one day we’re looking forward to, we’ve been anticipating it since we started the program, that one day we’ll join the ranks with the rest, pledging ourselves in solidarity with all the nurses that came before us. I’m excited for it (only 8 months to go), but honestly, it’s a whole lot less exciting when you have to plan it yourself. As class co-president, part of my responsibility is figuring it all out, the venue, the time, will there be food, drinks, what kind of ceremony do we want, how many speakers, and of course – how much is it going to cost us. We have to tally up class dues, and plan fundraisers, and of course make everyone (or as many people as we can!) happy, since it’s OUR day. I love it. I really do, and I like that we have a say in what we want for OUR day (not that we want nursing caps). But between studying for all our classes, and ATI tests, and clinical papers and staying on top of everything else, I feel like it would be nice if the school of nursing could help us out and plan something for us. I mean, planning a pinning ceremony is like throwing wedding plans on top of it all. It’s stressful, and adds one more financial burden on our classmates, something none of us need at this point, but we’re getting there. Slowly but surely the fundraising is working, the dues are getting paid, and plans are being laid out. It’s going to be a good one, but sometimes I wish I could go back in time and told that class that having nursing caps really just wasn’t THAT important!
Students – what do you do for your pinning ceremony? Does the school fund it for you? Or is it up to you?
I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.
By Ani Burr, RN