As part of graduation from the NOVA Nursing programs (traditional, hybrid, and online), they have the option to participate in the Pinning ceremony. At this event students receive their pins, stoles embroidered with “RN”, and light their candles to say the Florence Nightingale pledge. Pinning is an important milestone symbolizing both the beginning and the end of a chapter.
However, there have been some missteps in past ceremonies which led to the issue–Dress Code. Due to lapses of judgement the following criteria have been set; women wear straight black slacks, black shoes (open toe or closed) with heels that won’t risk your face meeting the floor, black socks, black or white formal blouse, topped off with the lab coat; men wear straight black slacks, black shoes, black socks, white shirt (I could be misinformed on that one) and formal tie of either black or white with lab coat . In a way it makes perfect sense, you wouldn’t wear a dress do a job interview (unless it was religious reasons) and as nurses they all wear scrubs of the chosen color of the institution. Perhaps in the past there have been accidents due to wardrobe malfunction or inappropriateness of attire which is why this code is in place. It’s not to strip away the right of students to express themselves, it’s to prevent anymore trouble. Knock on wood if there is another incident the future graduating classes will have to wear the green and white scrubs worn at lab and clinical for the past 2 years.
Personally I do not care about these dress codes, I am there to receive my pins and honorably recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge.
Though it is understandable why some students have issues with the dress code. The goal is not to flaunt your attire. When you call yourself an RN, you are representing the practice of nursing, the school of which studied from and setting the example for future RNs. This isn’t high school graduation where you can wear any dress you desired, it is a graduation into a career for life.