A nursing college has coerced students to exercise synchronized movements for a Nightingale Pledge ceremony and micromanaging their outfit and hairstyle, an online community revealed.
Nursing schools hold the Nightingale Pledge event for college graduates before they move on to clinical practice. At the event, students vow to keep nurses’ ethics and principles, wearing nurse dress uniforms and holding candles in their hands.
However, the online community for nursing students and nurses has recently been swarmed by criticism over Nightingale Pledge events at nursing schools.
According to a nursing student, the college banned students from dying hair, wearing thick makeup and accessories, and even having bangs.
Until the Nightingale Pledge ceremony, the school forced students to practice the group movements even during the weekends. Those who do not attend the practice had to see their professors.
The school also coerced male students to cut their frontal hair short above the eyebrow and side hair should not cover more than half of the ear, according to the online posting.
There was also a guideline for managing the nurse’s uniform for the event. The school prohibited students wearing the gown during lectures and banned public display of affection while wearing it.
“I’m practicing every day for the ceremony. The school tells me to be grateful for not having a weekend exercise,” the author of the post said. “If I make a complaint, I have to have an interview with my professor. The school says we should follow the rules because it has been a practice.”
The student suffered verbal abuse in hours-long practices and the school forced students to set their all actions in forms like a military parade.
Another student said the school would give students a disadvantage in landing a job if they did not participate in the upcoming ceremony where executives of university hospitals will attend.
Other nursing students and nurses shared their own experiences and agreed with the author of the post that the school has crossed the line.