A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Nursing Pins

One of the rather unique experiences of becoming a nurse is when you are "pinned" at graduation. Many nurses continue to wear their pins their entire career. Those outside the field rarely understand what goes into earning that bit of 10 or 14 karat gold and enameling.

Some nurses, including my wife collect these pins. They are often engraved with the initials of the recipient and the date given. This one ended on ebay for $66, a not uncommon sticker price in this market.



Blogger Rob't said...

I'm old enough to remember when new nurses cherished their pin and their cap, unique to each school. (U of Rochester/Strong Memorial had the best cap, of course.)

Question: Does any nurse, female I guess, still wear a cap?

Are caps even issued for graduation any more?


1:32 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

They do indeed Bob!

Many, after graduating though, have a "cap burning". I knew one nurse under the age of 50 who continued to wear her cap after graduation. Sometimes I think nurses have lost something there....I'd want a ball cap though!

2:14 PM  
Blogger alpineman said...

Huh - I didn't know that. I'm on track to get my pin (for LPN) in December. 3 semesters after that (assuming all goes well) I hope I'll add an RN pin to the collection.

The cap ... notsomuch. Heck, I plan to burn my white scrubs after I get out. Geez, I hate white scrubs.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Civis Proeliator said...

I have a graduation picture of my mother in her cap with the Hotel Dieu School of Nursing pin proudly displayed on her red and blue cape. She recently retired as chair of the local Jr College's Vocational Nursing Education program (26 years) prior to which she did 20 years of nursing as an RN. AFAIK, she still has the cap, cape and pin, and wore all three to the capping ceremony of her students.

10:12 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

If I were a nurse, I think I'd do the cap and the whole 9 yards, except for the white stockings - some concession must be made for comfort!

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife worked at a girls boarding school. When the staff was required to wear academic regalia, Nurse Jane always wore her starched whites, cap, pin and red-lined blue cape. I though it was even classier than the floppy "Cambridge Caps" some of the PhDs wore.

Oh, and just in case no one has said it to you lately, "Thank you Nurse". I owe my life to skilled medical care and the nurses were there 7X24.


8:41 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

My school doesn't do caps but I've promised to wear a 20-year younger Doctor friend's mother's cap to my pinning, when and if.

Just no capes or skirts, please.

It's one of my greatest incentives to stick this insane grind out; as the token guy in my cadre, I have to do something for everyone to laugh about 30 years down the road when they're changing my ostomy bag.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Vernon Dutton said...

I have a large selection of Nursing School Graduation Pins if anyone wats to take a look. Vernon at Nursing Pins,


9:07 PM  

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