PLNU SON Pinning Ceremony 2021
PLNU SON Pinning Ceremony 2021
The Point Loma Nazarene University School of Nursing has announced that while there will be a graduation ceremony, there will not be a Pinning Ceremony for the Class of 2021. Several members of the Class of 2021 have physically signed a petition to present to the Point Loma Nazarene University President and Board. This petition is for students, friends, and family to sign in support of overturning the decision to hold a Pinning Ceremony.
We are not accepting donations, we only need signatures and comments to support our cause at this point. The signatures in this petition are from the students and their friends and family who are in support of having a pinning ceremony for the Class of 2021.
Historically, the Nurse Pinning Ceremony includes more than 360 schools in 49 states to honor the students who complete the rigorous course of study. The Pinning Ceremony is an entrenched tradition at PLNU, wherein the University stresses “our pinning ceremony is an experience that brings honor and tradition to this area of study. It is special and unique to this program, and launches our graduates into this profession of caring for the sick.” It recognizes nursing is a “calling” and not simply a profession. One of the most respected nursing programs in the Country is here at Point Loma Nazarene University. In our five program values, we are taught to “lead faithfully,” which each of us has done now for four years. Those of us who have completed this intense program see ourselves as part of the storied legacy of PLNU and have committed ourselves to the service of our community and the medical profession.
The majority of students and faculty members in the nursing program has been vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. We have all been together including on April 24th, wherein a mandatory, in-person, NCLEX preparation day was held at the Liberty Station Conference Center. We respect social distancing, and we have all learned safety practices while we administered vaccines to students at the University. Everything we do supports the safety protocols that have been established for control of the pandemic. Simply stated, participation in the pinning ceremony presents “zero risk” of complications.
When talked about with the Dean of Nursing, there was a concern about including family and friends in the Pinning Ceremony. Those of us in the program are not requesting an “open” program. Rather, we wish to have the ceremony limited to graduating nursing students, program professors, and University officials who you feel would properly represent PLNU. While we would love to have family and friends present, we are willing to sacrifice the ability to have them physically present during the ceremony so that we can still celebrate our accomplishments. Instead of having family and friends present, we desire the opportunity to live stream the ceremony virtually.
The awarding of the pins, recitation of the nursing oath, and the congregation of those of us who have made it through our nursing studies as a “team,” is critically important to us. The celebration of this ceremony is also a hallmark of PLNU where we have always been made to feel we are part of the University “family.”
We recognize the incredible challenges the pandemic has presented this past year. We have all survived and grown stronger as individuals as we came together to complete our nursing protocols. We have pulled the school through this pandemic at the forefront of COVID-19 surveillance testing and vaccines. Without our hard work and dedication, the school would not be able to be in person at all.
We seek your intervention and support to proceed with the pinning ceremony as originally anticipated. We are PLNU nursing students by choice and at this University because of its history of support for those of us who are pursuing our calling. We respectfully seek your support and intervention in our behalf. Because time is of the essence in this matter, we ask for your review at your earliest possible convenience.
Thank you for the support!