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I plan to get the following degrees / credentials: BSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA, DNP, ACPNP.
How can I shorten this so as to not confuse my patients beyond belief? Since my main role will be as a nurse practitioner / first assistant, I was thinking that just "NP First Assistant" would be good enough. What do you guys think?
Oh honestly, how many patients do you think understand ANY of those abbreviations? I'd be willing to bet 99% of our patients have no idea what any of those abbreviations stand for, except "RN". Before I went to nursing school
, I had no idea that some RNs have a bachelor's degree and that others have an associate degree, and frankly, I didn't care about that then and I don't care about it now either. I have a BSN, and also a PhD (not in nursing, in a different field), and neither of those appear on my nametag. What appears on my name tag is the one and only abbreviation that matters, and that's "RN".
If you don't want to confuse your patients, I recommend putting "RN" only after your name, until and unless you eventually do become an advance practice nurse, in which case I recommend choosing the one advance practice field in which you are working, and putting those initials only after your name.
Going to school is not about putting letters after your name, it's about learning how to do a job and do it well. If you do it well, your patients will not care what letters you can legally put after your name.
Besides, 50% of the time, your name tag will be flipped over and they won't be able to read it anyway :chuckle