Pinning Ceremony

BMCC's Nursing Pinning Ceremony celebrates students' completion of nursing using the International Pledge of Nursing which is adapted from the Florence Nightingale Pledge which was originally created in 1893:

"I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly to faithfully practice my profession of nursing. I will do all in my power to make and maintain the highest standards and practices of my profession.

I will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping in the practice of my calling.

I will assist the physician in his work and will devote myself to the welfare of my patients, my family, and my community.

I will endeavor to fulfill my rights and privileges as a good citizen and take my share of responsibility in promoting the health and welfare of the community.

I will constantly endeavor to increase my knowledge and skills in nursing and to use them wisely.

I will zealously seek to nurse those whose are ill wherever they may be and whenever they are in need.

I will be active in assisting others in safeguarding and promoting the health and happiness of mankind."

Taking an analytical look at the Florence Nightengale Pledge, we recognize her sense of devotion, privacy, collaboration in all health settings, professional responsibility, educational needs, and global health responsibilities. Recognizing the timelessness of the Nightengale Pledge has fostered the Pinning Ceremony where all students are traditionally dressed excluding the cap and pinned as a tribute to one of the founders of Nursing.

BMCC performs the Nursing Pinning Ceremony each semester using the International Pledge for Nurses:

In full knowledge of the obligation I am undertaking, I promise to care for the sick with all the skills and understanding I possess without regard for race, creed, color, politics or social status sparing no effort to conserve life, to alleviate suffering and to promote health.

I will respect at all times the dignity and religious belief of the patients under my care, holding in confidence all personal information entrusted to me and refraining from any action, which might endanger life or health.

I will endeavor to keep my professional knowledge and skills at the highest level and to give loyal support and cooperation to all members of the health team.

I will do my utmost to honor the international code of ethics applied to nursing and to uphold the integrity of the registered professional nurse.

At the ceremony all persons who shared in the student's success are encouraged to attend this cherished event. Family, children, instructors, faculty and administrators come together to celebrate the successful achievement of the graduates, bringing flowers and awards.

BMCC held its first "Pinning Ceremony" for the class graduating in spring 1971. The ceremony was initiated by the Nursing Club under Prof. Lelia Howard, Chairperson, has continued to this date.



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