For doctors, nurses and other medical personnel, custom medical pins runs in the family.
Medical Pins issued to medical personnel, predominantly doctors, is a tradition that has its roots in Nursing. Back in the late 1800’s Florence Nightingale began the tradition by being awarded The Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service during the war. She chose to turn this into a tradition and bestow lapel pins to graduating nurses at the Nightingale School of Nursing. All nurses graduating each year from their grueling coursework is given a nursing or medical pin to honor them as amazing individuals who commit to and make it through vigorous training required to becoming a Nurse.
Such commitment and rigor is also required of the other medial professional, namely doctors and over the last century they too have begun the tradition of not only awarding medical practitioners with medical pins upon completion of course work, but also for hitting miles stones in the line of duty. This is a practice of giving out that is seen both in the United States of America and abroad.
The earliest medical pins were said to be created by local fine jewelers. And the designs, like they are today, are meant to depict school affiliation, year of graduation, and the motto of the school and program. Often too, the medical pin is a simple caduceus designed in various custom styles to denote a doctor. Although not all medical pins are about academic and professional acknowledgement. There have been occasions when medical peers will create medical pins with a bit of a humorous message.
Caricatured syringes, bed pans and unruly stack of charts are just some examples of ways to build support, camaraderie and fun while still honoring these professionals that give so much of their time and energy towards healing people. As you can imagine, an array of colors, symbols, and styles are available to use in the designing of a Medical pin, and all of the ones that we have made here at The Monterey Company are simply exquisite and teeming with elegance.
The shapes of Medical pins vary of course, and there is no one way or even traditional way to make them. The only constant is some sign of the profession in which the pin is paying honor to, is used. This could be what school the honored graduating nurse is from and what the year of graduation was. No matter what manner the Medical pin is designed in, the one thing that is clear is that these custom lapel pins, are really more of a badge of honor then anything else. An acknowledgement of the grueling, time and labor intensive preparation each medical professional has had to go through to reach the completion of their training. For their tireless work and constant care of all of us in our time of need, we thank them and honor their achievement and dedication.