When a person graduates from college or nursing school, their is a sense of pride and accomplishment. All of the years put into studies and working toward a particular goal have finally paid off. He or she came into the program as a freshmen and walked out as a nurse. They deserve a token of their accomplishments, and nursing pins can show just that.
History of medical lapel pins
Medical lapel pins date back as far as the 1800’s. They were worn by nurses to show their level of skill and what area they worked in. Most pins have some sort of symbolic meaning to represent the history of the school. Some pins depict an old oil lamp and represent Florence Nightengale and her work in the nursing field. Others represent the Red Cross Society. These were volunteer nurses who signed up with the military and went overseas to help wherever they were needed. They used their own money to obtain clothing and travel for these trips. Some schools have adapted either of these two as their medical lapel pin to show what the school stands for.
Different types of pins
In the past, there were the basic pins. Today there are many different sizes, shapes and types of pins available.The red cross symbolizing the Red Cross Society and the oil lamp representing Florence Nightengale are still used by some schools today. There are other types, as well. Some of them include:
- Sword entwined by double-winged serpents
- Fountain of youth
- Stork and baby
Some schools prefer to use religious symbols on their pins. Some of these include a crucifix, the Star of David and the crescent moon.
Reasons to give pins
In the past, a medical lapel pin was typically given to a nurse when she graduated to represent her school or nursing institution. Today pins are given out for many more reasons. An RN may have been employed for many years by a hospital. They would present her with a pin to show her dedication and years of service. Nursing Pins are used to determine which particular department a nurse works in like the emergency room. Pins are worn simply to identify a nurse. When they reach certain levels of accomplishment within an establishment, they may receive a pin to show each level.
Another great reason pins are now being used is for communication. Pictures are on the pin depicting different scenarios that may help the patient if they can’t read. There are also kid-friendly pins being created that ease a child’s worries. When they see the cartoon character on the pin, they tend to brighten up a bit.
Regardless of the reason, nursing pins are given and should be worn with a sense of pride. Nurses work hard in school to graduate, and they work hard in the field after graduation. The pins show their accomplishments over the years.