- 13Mar 20, '12 by GitanoRN Guidelet me begin by stating the following, this has only happened to me once... and so it goes, i was rushing to my work when the flash-lights of the patrol-car came into view in my rear-view mirror. needless to say i thought "s*## now i'm gonna be late for sure" i pulled out my i.d. and registration before the officer asked as i heard him say "doc, did you realized you were doing 80 on a 65 speed zone, are you in some kind of hurry or something? i said "i'm going to work sir, my apologies for speeding i"... he then interrupted me by saying "are you going to st.joseph's hosp.?" i said "yes" he then said "well doc, i'll give you an escort since i'm headed that way and step on it" before i could say anything he got in his car... i think since i was wearing my scrubs and had my stethoscope around my neck he assume that i was a physician... therefore, i'm guilty for not correcting him on my line of work..my question is, has this happened to any of you?Last edit by GitanoRN on Mar 20, '12
- 2Mar 21, '12 by Purple_ScrubsI got out of a ticket for being a nurse. Officer was very gruff, almost rude when she pulled me over. I was keeping my tone upbeat and apologetic. I was in street clothes because I was in orientation for a new job. She asked me where I worked and I said I was a new nurse at X hospital. Her demeanor changed and she actually became chatty with me and let me go with a warning. I was surprised, but obviously grateful. I talked to colleagues about it and apparently in this area cops often let medical personnel go due to "professional courtesty". Luckily I've never had to test the theory again.
- 3Mar 21, '12 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorThe local police departments have let me off the hook more than once after discovering that I am a nurse.
When I was attending school in Oklahoma, I did a lot of driving on the interstate and was pulled over multiple times for excessive speed. All of the cops let me off with a warning after discovering that I had been an an LPN enrolled in an RN completion program.
- 1Mar 21, '12 by MomRN0913I tried to play the nurse card, I was pulled over for speeding in my scrubs on the way home from a shift. But the cop was a D-bag. He asked if I was a nurse and when he realized the hospital I worked for was too far away for one he could possibly be treated at, he was a prick and gave me a ticket for speeding because I WAS wearing a seatbelt.
Now, I was the primary nurse for a cop in the town I did work in. Young guy with some pretty bad sepsis. I was told I could do nothing wrong in that city or the surrounding cities again (traffic violation wise of course). Never had to use it though.
- 9Mar 21, '12 by sharpeimom Guidei live about 30 miles from the state mental hospital where i worked. i was hurrying home so i wouldn't be late for my dentist appt.
siren and lights! eek! i pulled over and he asked for my id. he noticed my hospital jersey and asked if i were a nurse.
i said i was and he answered, "i just wouldn't feel quite right ticketing anyone who works with all those crackpots and crazies all the time!"
off i went!