OH this is a hot issue with me!
Can you go online and verify that the guy who wrote you a ticket is really a cop? Nope. Can you get his home address and go knock on his door at 2AM? Nope. Why should the safety and privacy of nurses be put at risk? We deal with many people who are, to be kind "not at their best."
Medical boards in most states don't publish addresses- just the fact that the MD is licensed and any disciplinary history. The medical board websites I've looked at showed office addresses, not home- so apparently the docs get to choose what info is shared. I'm OK with that for nurses, too.
But I think it's ridiculous for any Joe Schmoe stalker (violently or financially dangerous) to be able to get my address, license number, and educational background without demonstrating any need for that information and asking for it on the record. If you file a complaint with the hospital or the board, you can get my personal info because you have a reason to have it. If I have no professional relationship with you, you don't need my background. Sex offenders are on a public registry because they are dangerous to those around them. Nurses should not be treated like sex offenders just because we are nurses!
I found out a few years ago that one state I was licensed in published this information on their website. I called them and said "What if I were the victim of stalking or domestic violence? How do I opt out of this? This could mean my life." The board's response: "Get a P.O. box in another town." Good thing I'm not being stalked, hmm?
Doctors don't have to put up with this. No reason nurses should either.