confused over titles !! - page 4

by Tina Harrington

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Forgive my ignorance... was reading some of the posts here and well quite frankly I'm confused ! I'm a UK RGN, USA seems to have so many "different" nurse titles, and yet ya all nurses !! Here in the UK we used to have 2 tier... Read More


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    Tina, I don't know if you get the same nursing journals over there or not, but the December issue of Nursing 2000, page 57, has an article titled "ABCs: What do these initials mean?" This is a 2 column list of other initials that can be seen following a nurse's name here in the US, and these are some of the ones that may be cause of resentment/jealosy amoung some nurses. I had to dig it out to see what (if any) of p.rabbits initials stood for. I think he's pulling our legs, and I suspected it only by the last 4 initials: MRSA! Thanks for the alphabet soup homework, p. rabbit! :-)

    [This message has been edited by Jenny P (edited December 11, 2000).]
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    Now if that article doesn't cause more confusion I don't know what will. Just looked at the Nursing 2000 article and boy-o-boy do we nurses ever have TON of initials we can use. If we all used these on our nametags we'd run out of room for our name! Yikes!
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    P-rabbit........... *****@U
    Totally agree with all you say.....
    still loling PRN
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    Hi Jenny, No we don't get the same journals here !!! has nursing 2000 got a site I could visit?? would like to read that article Thanx... Tina
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    Tina,
    I don't know if the article is online but Nursing2000's site is www.springnet.com.

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    Gee thanx Clarice ya so helpful
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    And to add to the confusion, at our hospital during a "redesign" several years ago, the RN's now became known as Patient Care Managers, the LPN's had the option of becoming Critical Care Partners (a nurse's aid) or finding another job. The kitchen help could be seen doing housekeeping chores in patient rooms, the housekeeping help started doing blood draws. It was really scary. The PCM, and CCP, titles continue, but we no longer have LPN's at all, which is a crying shame, IMHO!

    Imagine being able to pass meds, do treatments, change dressings, etc., one day, and not being able to the next, just because the management can't "get" it.

    I personally claim the following inititals: RN, ADN, NFH, and BAC, charter member.

    The last two I made up myself, and have them on my locker door and a couple of shirts I wear! Smilies to anybody who can figure them out.

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    Tina, sorry to complicate matters, but did you say 'we used to have RGN's & EN's and now have only Diploma & Degree nurses'. I am a staff nuse in learning disability, and enrolled nurses are still alive and kicking.
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    Rie........ sorry it sounds like En's are none existant from my post, it should have read that we do not train nurses as EN's any longer... I know there are a few, EN's still kicking about, but where I work, (a huge teaching hospital) there is not one left the hosp: paid for all to convert to 1st level.. which is a great pity for the EN's were rich in knowledge and expertise at the bedside but were held back because of that extra year training, I know this first hand as I was an EN and enjoyed every minute of my years of nursing before Diploma.
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    Wow...I am totally confused. I am a student who is applying to the nursing school at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis next fall, and I can see that I will probably never know what initials go after my name (especially since I am double majoring in Psychology and Nursing).
    Tina, I wondering what you could tell me about what is meant by 1st level nurse? I am in the process of applying for a scholarship to do a research project in England this summer and my chosen topic is nursing in England. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. ( and any other nurses over there who could help me out). It sounds like I may have bitten off more than I can chew when I chose my subject!!!!
    Anyone who has information and would like to email me, my email address is X_Spellbound_X@msn.com


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