Call Us Nurse or Call Us ???What???

  1. If you could pick what professional title "nurses" could be called instead of the title "nurse", what title would you want to be called......professionally speaking?
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  2. 49 Comments

  3. by   dianah
    How about P.C.C. = Professional Care Coordinator "Hi, I'm Diana and I'll be your PCC today."

    Just off the top of my head. Will be interested to see other suggestions!
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    RN will do just fine for me, thanks-----I worked hard to get there, and I'm proud of it!
  5. by   live4today
    P.C.C.................I LIKE that title, dianah! Good one!
  6. by   Monica RN,BSN
    We have PCC in our hospitals. They are Patient Care Coordinators.. AKA House supervisor who makes rounds through out and monitors staffing and such..
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Have no idea.

    I don't even think the term "nurse" quite covers what all a nurse does.
  8. by   dianah
    Agree, LPN2Be2004. I do prefer RN to "nurse."
  9. by   Monica RN,BSN
    Lets see... Some days its like playing waitress, when its meal time, like being a gopher many other times, being the resourceful one all the time ( as I have to be) (Mgmt) this is a good question... What would we be called if we were not labeled as 'Nurses" ... Humm.. What about Professional People Pleasers!!
  10. by   fergus51
    Supreme Wise One.... Like, "excuse me, Supreme Wise One, Dr so and so is returning your call..."
  11. by   live4today
    On the silly side.......

    How about the name NOAT.........Nurse Of All Trades!

    Now...back to being serious. Doctors enter the patients rooms and introduce themselves as Doctor OGAMTS (stands for "Only Got A Minute To Spare") :chuckle

    Nurses enter the patients rooms and introduce ourselves by our first names. Not very professional, eh?

    Do any of you introduce yourselves as Nurse So-and-so when you first meet your patients.

    How do you introduce yourselves to your patients, and would you prefer a more professional title than a personal one instead of them calling you by your first name as if on a social basis?

    Do you think patients demote our status as caregivers because they call us by our first names like we're their newfound friend?

    I usually say to my patients "Good morning Mr/Mrs/Miss so and so. I am your nurse for this shift. You may call me (my first name inserted here). What do you prefer to be called?" Often times the patients will say "Just call me by my first name or by my family nickname".

    So, I wonder what professional title we can use that would increase our professional status to promote a more professional respect from our patient population........doctors too for that matter.
    Last edit by live4today on Aug 3, '03
  12. by   ERNurse752
    You can call me MASTER!
  13. by   dianah
    I introduce myself w/my first name, call pt his/her last name, and ask what he/she wants to be called. Mind you, this is when meeting pt rolling thru the door for a heart cath or interventional radiology procedure. When you really need the pts attention, they respond better to the name they're comfortable with, which is usually the first name. Or nickname. Try and wake me up with "Mrs. H--------." I won't respond!! And I don't assume that the first name on the chart is the name the pt goes by; I tell pts I don't want to call them the name that only their mom called them by, when they were in trouble!
    Also, I want to create the atmosphere that the pt is a member of the team, and we are all focussed on working together to "find out what's going on." The pt IS a guest in my area ("home," if you will) but I want him/her to be welcomed and feel secure that we have his/her best interests in mind at all times. That's why we explain what we're doing as we do it (no surprises), and frequently check w/pt during the case to inquire about pain, comfort, and reinforce that what we're doing is what we'd prepared pt for.


    AAAKKK! Got off track again!! Forgive hijacking! And now, back to our original subject ():


    (BTW, I like Supreme Wise One, but I do have too much respect for our Cardiologists and Radiologists, who are really great people, to be calling ME the Supreme Wise One. They have SO much more knowledge than I!! Just MHO)
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    "Nurse" is fine with me.

    steph

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