Sometimes it is where you are sitting.
Last week, I was sitting in the secretaries' chair while she was at lunch and a very young resident came up to me and started to yell at me about some order that was written and hadn't been carried out.
I stood up, looked around the unit and then looked her in the eye and asked who she was talking to ....... because I knew she wasn't talking to anyone on MY unit like that.
I told her that I was in charge that day and if she had a problem we could talk about it but that she was not going to carry on like that to anyone.
BTW she didn't talk to the nurse to let her know she had written orders nor had she flagged them.
She was no longer yelling when she left the unit.
But I guess defend the patients, they see so many people in one day, I don't worry if they don't remember me. I figure that I will just tell them again that I am their nurse.
Not to mention they may be on drugs, not have their glasses on OR you have a few nurses that look so much alike that the NURSES can't tell them apart
We have 2 nurses that started on the same day, blond 20something, same build, same voice, both of their names start with an S, both married to a guy with the same name(!!!) I have worked with them for almost 2 years and I have to make a concentrated effort to get the names right.
Also, I wear a badge thingie that says RN, even though my name badge already says RN, I want it bigger, most people's vision is not good enough to read letters that are 1/4 inch tall !!
We have an RN who wears the messiest uniforms (WF) & she gets insulted when someone thinks she is a tech, then we have a CNA who irons
her uniforms & always looks great (BF)
and has to tell the patients that she is NOT the nurse.
It's all perception. We just have to stand tall and gently correct them.