writing RN after my name instead of NAR

  1. I passed my boards last week and have my state license number. It is now on file where I work as an in-home caregiver. I know that I can legally write RN after my name instead of NAR. I write down NAR but I know it is not what I am anymore. Call me prideful but I just want to write RN because I am one even though I am still doing nurses aid work. I start at my new job as an RN on the 28th of July. DOes anyone else feel this way about signing something other then RN?
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  3. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    first of all....congrats to you for passing the nclex-rn !!! :hatparty: you really deserve praise!!!

    since the position that you're in doesn't require an rn...i wouldn't include the rn in the signature. most states don't allow people to work in positions under the level of their license for one might over-step the scope of that position.

    for example...you know as a home health assistant that you can't start ivs, give blood, or give medications. you wouldn't come-up with a care plan or teach certain health issues with patients & their families that's outside the scope of a nar. however...once one passed their boards & do receive their rn license...they might be tempted in working in the scope of a rn while still working as a nar. the job duties/scope of a nar is far less than that of a rn & should anything go wrong...that person would jeopardize their rn license because they went outside of the position's scope of practice. be-careful for your employer might not be supportive in such a case....not that you'll do anything outside the scope of a nar...just signing rn might give that impression though.

    so...i guess what i'm saying is...don't sign rn behind your name while you're working in the nar capacity.

    good luck with your new rn position ~ hope it's what you want!

    cheers!
    moe
  4. by   nadia562002
    Its a pride issue more then anything else. Its not about doing anything outside the scope of NAR. I am tired of the position and ready to head for greener pastures. Starting IV's and the like does not happen in homecare anyway. Or anything else for that matter. Shoot, the state wont even let me cut toe nails let alone anything else. YOU DID NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE POST SOOOO SERIOUSLY.
  5. by   jnette
    Originally posted by nadia562002
    Its a pride issue more then anything else. Its not about doing anything outside the scope of NAR. I am tired of the position and ready to head for greener pastures. Starting IV's and the like does not happen in homecare anyway. Or anything else for that matter. Shoot, the state wont even let me cut toe nails let alone anything else. YOU DID NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE POST SOOOO SERIOUSLY.
    aaaahh.. pride rears its ugly head ! While I DO understand your excitement and yearning, remember that "pride cometh before a fall". In other words, what SKM-Nursiepooh had advised was right on the money ! You'd be one smart cookie to heed her advice. The 28th isn't that far off... you've gone this long, surely another couple weeks won't hurt... why jeopardize that licence now before you even get to do anything in the RN capacity...

    I think Nursiepooh was taking your post seriously because she seriously CARES about you !
  6. by   fourbirds4me
    Moe,
    I think you have a good point. Nadia are they paying you for RN? I understands it's a pride thing. Heck I have been walking around all weekend saying ..... Paula Smith, RN.... to anyone who would listen! LOL Our home health agency RNs do start IV's, do sterile dressings etc... BUT even in the hospital toenails are saved for the podiatrist....
    Congrats on passing the boards and on your new job!!!
  7. by   nadia562002
    Trust me, home health sucks. I get to house clean and help people ambulate. Yea, I can really get into a lot of trouble doing that. It is not a legal issue nor is it any issue related to caring for clients as an RN. Believe me when I say there is nothing I can even remotely do as an RN in this capacity. We dont see IV starts or catheters or whatever. THe intent of this post was never to be doing things outside the scope of practice as a NAR. I WAS VENTING OK?????
  8. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    didn't mean to suggest that you were working outside the scope of a nar...just signing the rn behind your name might look that way to someone else...sorry.

    sooo....what new rn position have you accepted? what area will you be working/practicing in? come on...inquiring minds what to know .

    cheers!
    moe
    Last edit by SKM-NURSIEPOOH on Jul 6, '03
  9. by   awilcox87
    i have a question... i am 22 yrs old and i have been an NAR for 4 yrs now i was wanting to become and RN but am not sure how to go about that since i already have my NAR. what do i have to do to skip all the things i already know ... please help

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