First name basis? - page 2

I have often been of the opinion that we should be on a first-name basis with physicians. I always call them by their first names. The couple of times they've said, "I prefer to be called 'Dr.... Read More

  1. by   Q.
    Hey Dave-
    Read somewhere else that you are a chronic flirt? Hmmm..nice to meet ya. Join the club.

    I am on a first name basis with a select few - mostly residents whom I have associated with outside of work. I am on a first name basis with approximately ONE attending - and that was after working with her for 4 years. Otherwise, I call all the MD's by Dr. So and So, and ALWAYS use this title when speaking to or in front of patients.
  2. by   canoehead
    All docs older than me, and those I want to keep at arms length (for whatever reason) I call by Dr ____. Usually it's the ones I respect and get along with that I call by the first name.

    We have a married couple on the medical staff, they are called by first names so that we know who we are talking about. One of them had a little tantrum and wanted to be Dr. ___. I agree- in front of patients, but with the entire nursing staff incensed that he had gotten up on his high horse they made a point of calling him by his first name. I think he realized he got better treatment when he kept his mouth shut.
  3. by   Dave123
    Oh Suzy,

    Sometimes charm just flows out of my mouth, well when my foot isn't in the way that is

    Dave
  4. by   nurs4kids
    <mumbles> suzy's in heat again..hehe <ducks>

    Okay, interesting subject. I have a totally different perspective. I refuse to call a doctor by their first name, even if that's how they introduce themselves to me. Often residents and some attendings will tell a nurse to call them by their first name, but I reply, "No, you earned the right to be called Dr, and if it's okay with you that's how I prefer to address you". As for how they address me, I could care less. How I'm address will not make me feel less or more mature/professional. If they're personal friends, who are MD's, then yes, I call them by their first names AWAY from work, never at work. Maybe it's a southern thing, it just feels disrespectful any other way.
  5. by   prmenrs
    Since I'm as old or older than most of the attendings, and have been doing neonatology about as long, I call most of them by their 1st name, and they do likewise. Sometimes I call the head of the unit, "El Jefe`" or "HMFIC". I've actually had name tags made for him, but he's too chicken to wear them!

    In front of the pts, I call the attendings "Dr.", but the fellows and residents often introduce themselves to the parents by their 1st names. I sort of follow their lead.

    I introduce myself by saying, Hi! My name is Sandi, and I'm you're nurse du jour"
  6. by   thisnurse
    so whats the correct title for the PA's when introducing them to the patients?
    this is physician assistant jones?
  7. by   3651bht
    As my first name is Bobette I have been called many variations of the correct pronunication.. My favorite is from a Pakisitani doc we have who loves to call me Boobette..He even came in the med room one day and asked how my boobs were and I said, " Fine, thanks for asking." Heck when I go to lunch I sign out as Boobette. Everyone knows where I am.. Actually prefer bobbi. Yes with a small case first letter.. See, I know who I am I don't need a capital letter to start my name.... Respect comes from within just like love and no one, bar none, can give that to you but yourself.....


    May the sun shine brightly on you, in peace, and may the wind be always at you back or something like that....
    Last edit by 3651bht on Oct 25, '01
  8. by   3651bht
    As my first name is Bobette I have been called many variations of the correct pronunication.. My favorite is from a Pakisitani doc we have who loves to call me Boobette..He even came in the med room one day and asked how my boobs were and I said, " Fine, thanks for asking." Heck when I go to lunch I sign out as Boobette. Everyone knows where I am.. Actually prefer bobbi. Yes with a small case first letter.. See, I know who I am I don't need a capital letter to start my name.... Respect comes from within just like love and know one bar none can give that to you but yourself.....


    May the sun shine brightly on you, in peace, and may the wind be always at you back or something like that....
  9. by   Dave123
    The correct intro for a PA is "Mr._______ , he's a Physician's Assistant".




    Dave
  10. by   puzzler
    Having started in nursing when Columbus landed I have seen periods when the form of addressing each other has gone the full circle.

    I am most comfortable with the Dr._________. I am also most comfortable with being addressed as Mrs. _________.

    I have been working in a teaching, state funded facility for many years. I do not even attempt to learn or remember medical student names anymore--they come and go too frequently. I do learn the resident's names and of course I know the staff MD's names (some of which were medical students and residents at our facilty).

    I feel that as long as I am treated with respect, the form of address used is a personal decision and should be what is comfortable for both parties involved.
  11. by   kewlnurse
    I think it all depends on the person. I generally call the residents by their first name it I know it, which is a 50/50 thing, if I don't know their name it's usually, somthing like "hey doc, i need and order for 1of ativan and 5 of haldol" or some such thing, some attendings are called by their first name, some as Dr. whatever. latley i've been in this groove that our ID started when he ansers the phone, he just uses his last name, "Yeah this is Brass, you paged?" so i started calling everone by their last name ie: Brass, jones, Smith, whatever works for ya i guess. I still call the old schol doc Dr. Whatevertheirnameis. Realize however that the docs treat guy nurses a whole lot differently than the ladies. Mater of fact i think i'l start a new post on the subject.

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