Nursing pinning ceremony celebrates transition from student to practitioner

Campbell University’s fourth class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing students held a pinning ceremony on May 6 in the Hobson Performance Center. Dr. Nancy Duffy, director and chair of Nursing, presided at the event, which was broadcast via livestream for friends and family members to view.

The highlight of the event was each class member receiving their unique Campbell pin followed by the recitation of the Florence Nightingale Pledge.

The tradition of the nursing pin and the ceremonial pinning began in the 1860s at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London. Having been recently awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale chose to extend the honor to her most outstanding graduate nurses by presenting them each with a medal of excellence. 

The Pinning Ceremony now marks the passage from the student role to the practice role. The pin of each school of nursing is unique, and only graduates of that school may wear the pin as a statement that they have completed that program. 

Campbell University Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing’s Inaugural Class of 2018 designed the pin.