Unfortunately, WE are part of the problem. Let me share the experiences of 2 friends; both were hospitalized in different facilities and both had good reputations. EVERYONE on the floor (and please don't scream at me) was identically dressed. A near-sighted friend without her glasses was complimenting the friendliness of "her nurse." Her nurse's name tag identified her (in small letters) as a nursing assistant. The other friend was very angry upon my arrival and complaining about everything especially the rudeness of "her nurse." Her name tag identified her as a member of housekeeping-again in small letters.
If we are not identifiable as nurses, as RN's, then everyone who enters is a "nurse." There is so much extraneous stuff on name tags that one wonders why it is so difficult to get RN printed in big, obvious letters. And (and this is where the beatings may begin), it would help. All of the staff were dressed in scrubs
and tennis shoes. I have no problem with comfort. I do have a problem with looking sloppy and a lot of them did. To the patient, it may be that...if everybody looks like a nurse, then everyone is a nurse and so everything wrong must........be nursing's fault. Maybe in the grand sceme of things we have allowed ourseles to become just one of the many.