Are You Really a Nurse? - page 10

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  1. by   retiredmednurse
    For example,I was an Lpn working in LTC. I needed an ambulance to pick up a resident for an emergency. I was the only nurse,Rn or Lpn, there. The EMT told me in a very harsh voice"I need the RN to sign this". The document he wanted me to sign also had a spot for "Rn signature" on it. I could not legally sign it,because while i was the nurse i was not an Rn.

    Could you have called an RN to get an order to "Transfer [Mr. B] via ambulance to such-hospital"? This way you could sign the signature line as T.O.V. Ms. Winters, RN/ (your name) LPN' and write it a second time in the chart to cover yourself. (TOV=telephone order verified)
    Last edit by retiredmednurse on Jul 8 : Reason: Top paragraph was a quote from a previous comment
  2. by   hherrn
    Quote from chocoholic999
    I have a Master's in nursing, an NCLEX pass and a license to practice nursing in two states. I have to frequently remind my husband that I do not work "in the medical field". But when he referred to the vet tech as "the nurse" I did not come unhinged. I knew of whom he was speaking. He knows she is not an RN. She knows she is not an RN. The cat did not care. It was just the best way he could describe her job. I think most people do know who is a professional nurse (RN) and who isn't, they are just using a colloquialism for a job description. I don't think it demeans me or my profession. Military medics get called "doc" all the time and I have never heard a physician fall apart over it.
    While I agree with your attitude, and the overall sentiment, I disagree with your conclusion. My wife is smart, well educated and has several degrees, none of them remotely medical. She often has no idea what level of training a healthcare employee has on her rare medical visits. When I accompany her, I am surprised at how seldom a person identifies themselves by name and credentials- something I do in every initial interaction.

    I recently had a post surgical complication. The receptionist told me she would connect me to a nurse. While speaking with the medical assistant, I explained the issues as if I was speaking to a nurse. (I thought I was.) When she got back to me, it became clear that A- my actual concerns were not conveyed to the doc. B- I was not, in fact, speaking with a nurse. Had I known, I would have not addressed her as a nurse.
  3. by   Orion81
    Quote from PANYNP
    The veterinary techs at my vet's office are referred to as "nurses".
    I asked the vets why this is - their mumbled incoherent logic for this amounted to the techs being "female helpers".

    That's exasperating on a few levels. If a male were hired, would they call them "male helpers?" I think not.

    It's annoying but understandable that your average layperson would not know if the person assisting you in a doctor's office exam room is a nurse or an MA. But who would be confused by "vet tech?" No one. Female helper.... pffft