A worn out topic - page 4

Ok, I know the question has been posted over and over. I've not seen any real definitive information. I recently witnessed a doctor who decided to saunter into the hospital to see a patient, and as... Read More

  1. by   artistnurse
    thanks. there's nothing wrong with updating old posts.
  2. by   nursel56
    I agree with the others. I love it when the person who authored a thread comes back to update it! Thanks artistnurse!
  3. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from artistnurse
    thanks. there's nothing wrong with updating old posts.
    I think this is one forum where it's completely appropriate, actually. I think nursing isn't stagnant and in many cases there's no reason for a thread to be, either, as long as it's not rehashing old news - which I don't think this is. If more old posts were resurrected, it might stop a lot of the dead horse beating on some topics. And I mean that very good-naturedly.
  4. by   brithoover
    I work at a teaching hospital and we call our NPs, residents and fellows by their first names. I guess once they become staff they are then Dr. So&So?
  5. by   nursel56
    I don't think there is one standard for that as both teaching hospitals I worked at had rules that were based on formal/informal. If someone has earned their MD they were usually called Doctor ______ except by people who knew them or had a more informal relationship. We would still use the title in front of patients.

    Personally I think the issue to focus on is patient education - ie "doctor" does not automatically mean "Medical Doctor". I don't find fault with people who think that way as it's been ingrained in our popular culture for a very long time. I've seen some creative ways nurses with doctorates introduce themselves that let the patient know they are "doctor" but not MD.