Reinstate BCC Nursing Pinning Ceremony!

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Bristol Community College's Nursing Program is well respected in the southeastern Massachusetts region for producing well prepared registered nurses to care for our local communities. BCC Nursing graduates are proud of their educational roots and for their nursing department's culture which transformed them from eager students to professional and compassionate nurses. Alumni often cite the efforts of the faculty to challenge students to learn and grow both educationally, and as future nurses, as being unparalleled.

One key aspect of the culture which is critical to the success of the program, is its emphasis on honoring traditions and practices that elevated nursing to the profession it has become, while including modern evidence-based practice. One time honored tradition which has become a cornerstone of the program is the Nursing Pinning Ceremony. The Pinning Ceremony is a rite-of-passage from student to professional nurse that historically dates back to the Crusades of the 12th Century in which new monks took part in a ceremony to vow to care for the injured. The Pinning Ceremony was officially adopted into the nursing profession in the 1800’s by Florence Nightingale.

In 2019, it has been announced that College administration has decided to discontinue with the Nursing Pinning Ceremony indefinitely, citing an effort to increase attendance at the College commencement ceremony.  While Commencement is an important aspect of College graduation, it is the view of the supporters of this petition that the Nursing Pinning Ceremony is something too valuable and important to be cancelled. While all academic programs are challenging, the nursing program is renowned at being especially rigorous with students and families making more sacrifices than could be imagined by many.

This petition is to illustrate the importance of the Nursing Pinning Ceremony and the support by the community to urge College administration to reinstate the time honored tradition. 

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