Quote from Pipsqueak
Is it typical in corrections to have ID badges that display your full name? I think I would be terrified of being seeked out by an inmate with a grudge who was just released. In what ways are you able to protect yourself from this sort of thing?
In the prison I work in, we are identified by our last name, not our first name. So we answer the phone or are called "RN Jones" instead of "RN Sally" by other staff and inmates. I think this creates a more formal situation and understanding of authority so that the inmate doesn't see us as being on the same level. Technically, we are supposed to wear ID badges that have our first initial and last name and title, but I and most other nurses I work with don't for our safety. They do know how my name is spelled, though, if I have given them passes to medical for treatments, doctor's visits, etc., as this is required in order to issue them a pass. I just choose not to have my name on parade for everyone to see. If an inmate asks me for my name, I give it to him and make sure he knows how to spell it properly (hahahahaha...I think all correctional nurses can relate to that one). It probably wouldn't be hard though, if your last name was unique, for the inmate to get information about you, just as any one could get information about you if they really wanted to from the internet nowadays. But, I know when I worked on the outside in an ER, we feared this same thing and did change our ID tags to have our first name and initial of our last name to protect ourselves, after rumors of gang members following a nurse home after she treated a victim of a drive-by and gang members (patients or visitors) started threatening nursing staff in the ER.
One way we can protect ourselves is by not listing our name and address and/or phone number in the phone book. My employer also allows us to register with the DMV to have our address blocked (just as law enforcement personnel are allowed to) so if you try to look up my information in their system, my employers' address will appear, not my own. Otherwise, you just don't think about it. Patients have gone back to hospitals and shot/assaulted their doctors/nurses when they didn't like the care they received so no workplace seems to be exempt from violence anymore.