"sister" = registered nurse - page 2

Im a male nursing student and have come across ALOT of people refering to the role of a registered nurse as "sister" and LPN as "nurse". This is in Australia so we might be abit behind the times.... Read More

  1. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from RNsRWe
    Mister Sister?

    LOL
    Uh, no. LOL

    I figured the "Brother" title would be apropos.

    Surely someone knows the answer to this. Or are you the first male RN down under? If so, well, I want a cyber handshake, Mate.
  2. by   LPN_mn
    TriageRN_34 We have a few actual "Sisters" that are RN's...but that is a title of Religion as a Nun and nurse. You refer to them as "sister _____" commonly or "nurse sister _____".

    But yeah...we call LPN's LPN's and Nurses Nurses.


    I am not sure about where you are in Oregon but the last time I checked LPN's are nurses and RN's are nurses. So maybe it is only where you are that they are refered to that way but here in MN we are all nurses.
  3. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from traumaRUs
    What a neat thread. I work in the "hood" and if I am addressed as sistah, its just basically a term of familiarity.

    I work in an inner city, large dialysis unit and almost all of my patients are very poor.

    Interesting how different cultures having different meanings for the same word. When I was a correctional facility nurse, there was a prisoner who took a shine to me. The best way he knew to convey his liking for me was to start calling me his home girl. Picture it - a young Hispanic man calling this old gal "my homey".
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Trudy - that is what I have too. We actually have four prisioners from the local federal prison that come to dialyze and they all refer to staff (at least those they like) as their home girls.
  5. by   Blueskyfemme
    Quote from prmenrs
    What DO you call a nurse who is in the role of a "Sister", but is a man?
    Gay ? lol j/k
  6. by   GeminiTwinRN
    Just a guess, but it sounds like a male who is in the role of a "sister" would be referred to as "charge".

    lol @ the mister sister though..
  7. by   Sailingshoes
    oh...now I understand a reply to a previous thread I posted - I thought that person hadn't read my post accurately regarding a co-worker! Sister seems awkward to me, makes me think of the nunns or my biological sister. I guess it depends on where you are from
  8. by   walkiez
    "Uh, no. LOL

    I figured the "Brother" title would be apropos.

    Surely someone knows the answer to this. Or are you the first male RN down under? If so, well, I want a cyber handshake, Mate."

    Ahaha not the first male RN, maybe the 3rd...

    A guy is still called a "sister" if he's a registered nurse, in my nursing home setting anyway. I guess the words lost its association to nuns and female gender - funny how sister can but not nurse. Oh well...
  9. by   Cherish
    Guy's are called sister? Doesnt that feel weird...hmm...change it to brother or charge...or better yet NURSE.
  10. by   P_RN
    You could start that one small step for Man and request to be called.....mister, brother, Nurse, whatever......pay it forward, and maybe you can start something.
  11. by   weetziebat
    When I worked in Saudi Arabia the patients all called the female nurses "sister". But I'll be darned if I can remember what they called the male nurses. Somehow seems to me they called them by their first name.

    Actually I really liked being called "sister". More friendly I guess.
  12. by   casualjim
    I was a patient in the ministry of defense hospital in Kuwait City for a while and most of the RNs were from India. The females were called sister, the men were called Mr. and last name. i.e. Mr.Smith.
    aloha
    Jim
  13. by   Otessa
    I had never heard of this!

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