Name Badges - page 3

Does anyone out there feel the same as I about our FULL name being branded across our chest for all the world to see. I have a problem w/ patients looking my name and phone # up, and calling me at... Read More

  1. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Ours have our first name very large, and then out last name in smaller print underneath. I saw the other day that one of my employees put a little piece of tape over her last name, maybe I'll do that.

    My mom works psych, too many horror stories. I don't see why my patient would need to know my last name.

    Heather
  2. by   emily_mom
    We have a choice whether to have the whole last name or just the first letter. I did the latter. Also the same for school. When we went to the jail to do TB testing, we don't wear it at all.

    When I used to be a mgr at a store and worked nights, I NEVER wore my name badge. Just the fact that it said manager = safe = money = my death....

    Kristy
  3. by   ThirdWorldGirl
    Can I add another input here regarding maybe we as health care professionals should be addressed by our titles rather than our first names? When I used to work in long term care I had a male patient that was very arrogant and demanding, basically made the nursing staff dread having to go to assist him, please don't think I'm a rude person I am just telling it like it was, well he was a retired physician (many years ago) and I always referred to all the elderly patients as mr./ms. and it was just habit, well one day I was helping pass breakfast trays in the dining room and I took him his tray, and said "here's your breakfast mr. smith" he said "angela, I am a physician and you will address me as dr. smith" well I said "yes, sir" I walked off and started passing more trays and he needed some more jelly from the serving cart and said "angela would you get me some more jelly?" I said "dr. smith I am a nurse you will address me as Nurse Smith. Well his reaction was "you've always been so kind to me, you can call me mr. smith if you would rather" I really wasn't trying to disrespect him by not calling him Dr. like I said it was just habit to address all residents as mr.ms. Bye
  4. by   PowerPuffGirl
    I'm angered about the security and safety issues- I wish I could say that I don't believe patients are calling you at home... but I do believe it.

    If management is so fixated on nursing staff having their last names on name-badges, perhaps everyone should change their last name to Smith or Doe?

    Excellent points, too, about professionalism and use of titles. I'd never really thought about that, before.
  5. by   Whisper
    My official name badge 'broke', I hated it, It had my full name on it, as well as which university I am studying at.
    Since it 'broke' I keep it in my pocket so I can show it to get into secure areas, such as peads, or pharmacy... every one elsse can read my train shaped badge with my name on. If I make it as far as qualifying I may buy a more mature badge, but until then I'll make do with this.
  6. by   fergus51
    Ours have first and last and won't be changed. The reasoning behind it is patients have a right to their charts where the first and last names of every nurse are there to see so having it on the badges is kind of irellevant.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Thank goodness, neither place I work requires, or even encourages, use of last names on name tags. I use my last initial only cause there are more than one "Deb" where I work.......

    I would NEVER display my FULL NAME On a badge for all patients/family to see. Having read that thread about the nurse who was stalked and killed by angry family members re-affirms my beliefs strongly. If nothing else, PUT TAPE OVER IT WHEN AT WORK. That is what I would do.
  8. by   howie122832
    I would put a sticker or a piece of tape over my last name if I were you. My husband is a firefighter/paramedic, so we have our # unlisted so the lunatics cannot find him at home....Some people are really wacked...
  9. by   ERNurse752
    Originally posted by fergus51
    Ours have first and last and won't be changed. The reasoning behind it is patients have a right to their charts where the first and last names of every nurse are there to see so having it on the badges is kind of irellevant.

    All the more reason to sign your name illegibly at all times.

    I have my first name and last initial, as well as an unlisted phone number.

    I've covered up my last name with tape at other places...and if mgmt ever told me I couldn't do it, I'd still do it.

    There was an incident with a nurse I work with...her full name was on his discharge instructions, and he found her in the phone book and started calling her home and hanging up the phone, and leaving recordings of "Last Dance Mary Jane" (the part of the song where she DIES), on her answering machine...she had to have all her calls traced, and get a no-contact order from her local police.

  10. by   BadBird
    Just put a cute little sticker over your last name. Or turn your badge backwards unless the suits are looking.
  11. by   RN2B2005
    When I worked at a hospital where we had to wear ID badges, I chose to use my maiden name for my last name. They did give us the option of using only a last initial, but (and this is me personally, not passing judgment on anyone else here) I think that using first and last is more professional looking.

    I have a very common maiden name (think 16 pages in the phone book and 27 listings with my EXACT name) so that worked well. I never had a problem with anyone contacting me outside of the office, but I wasn't an RN, either. The only time patients have ever contacted me outside the office was when I was pregnant, and a couple of patients bought me baby gifts. Then, I sent thank-you notes.

    My husband has a very unusual last name (everyone in the phone book with his last name is immediate family), and he's a high-school assistant principal, so we have gotten a few prank calls. The advent of caller ID, though, has made that a little less fun than before--easy to call the caller back and ask to speak to the parents.

    We thought about paying for an unlisted number, but what's the point? Anyone who tries hard enough can find the number. We have a big dog and I know where all the exits are--two advantages against any would-be stalker.:roll
  12. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by BadBird
    Or turn your badge backwards unless the suits are looking.
    I rely on actually showing my badge to my patients pretty heavily. It's part of our infant saftey program. Anyone responsible for handling children or newborns has a different colored badge, and we drill the parents with this. So when I walk into a room to get a baby for a ped, the parents are conditioned to ask to see my badge.

    And I've always hated that the patient goes hone with discharge papers signed with my full name. Lickily it's a real humdinger of a last name, and if I do it right, I can run all the vowels together and it is still legible if need be, but porbably not to someone that's never read it before.

    Heather
  13. by   CindyJRN
    I wish I could give you a great solution, but I don't know what would change your managers' minds. The hospital I work in has our first name and licensure only, all disciplines. Even when I call the Dr. I am in the habit of saying "this is Cindy, RN from LifeCare". I do know that years ago when I would take call as the ADON I had the DON stop putting our pager/home numbers on the staff schedule posted in the hallway because I started getting calls from family members/patients! I also know the workplace has tightened rules over the years about giving out employee phone numbers. If I knew someone was giving out numbers, I would take action immediately!!! Other than the suggestions already listed like an unlisted number, I don't know. Maybe if enough employees request new tags, it will change at your facility. By the way, where I work now we clock in & out with our BARCODED nametags, so there is no reason to have the full name!!

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