Name Badges - page 5

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   SharkLPN
    Our facility requires first and last names with title, except for ER and psych, where for staff safety, it's first name and title.

    Seeing that I'm literally the only person in the US, and probably the world with this name, I'm quite uncomfortable displaying my last name. We get medically unstable psych pts on a frequent basis, so why does administration demand our full names on the badges when the regular staff on that unit doesn't?

    To remedy that, I've covered the first few letters of my last name on the badge. Hey, it's still there in part; let the crazies try to figure out what's under the stickers!
  2. by   CANRN
    Where I work they only put our first name and last initial. As for signing my name on any documents ie, nurses notes, discharge papers, it's my first initial last name RN. Never my full name.
  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by SharkLPN
    Our facility requires first and last names with title, except for ER and psych, where for staff safety, it's first name and title.
    Why do they feel staff safety is only an issue in ER and psych?
  4. by   melsay
    So it seems that a few other of you have a prob. w/ your full name being on display. Since originally starting this thread I have spoken to our Risk Management personnel, only to be told......This is our policy, and ALL must abide by the policy. I have tried several different approaches for this problem, all to just get the same answer all over again. It IS a scary world out there, and there are plenty of CRAZY patients that wouldn't think twice before following you home. Thank God it hasn't happened yet, but access to our address is all too easy now w/ the internet in 85% of homes. Hopefully the laws will change someday, but I hate to think of what will ahve to happen before it does......then maybe I can say"I TOLD YOU SO"....lol
    And deespoohbear hit the nail on the head.....So many advocates for patients, what about the ppl taking care of all these patients????Where's our advocate, when we can't even get management/Risk Management to listen to us???
  5. by   sjoe
    "Does anyone else find it strange that with all the privacy issues going on with HIPAA and protecting our patients' privacy that the people who made up these laws could care less about the nurses' and other healthcare workers' right to privacy? "

    Good point.
  6. by   sjoe
    melsay writes: "I have spoken to our Risk Management personnel, only to be told......This is our policy, and ALL must abide by the policy. "

    One more example, as though we needed one, of the facts that:

    1) "policies" are made by the people who are not doing the work, and
    2) these people could care less about what nurses think (or even about nurses' safety, in this case).

    Good time to put some pressure on your union, I'd say. Or to organize, if you don't yet have one.
    Last edit by sjoe on Feb 14, '03
  7. by   medroomromance
    message edited by me
    Last edit by medroomromance on Feb 16, '03
  8. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Interesting thoughts.....esp the one about HIPAA.

    What about this one: My facility is on a big thingy about "customer satisfaction" and has a big push to the staff that if you are named in a survey by a recent patient, you earn recognition awards. What you get is based on the number of times your name gets mentioned. You get free meals in the cafeteria (actually a good thing as ours is wonderful food generally speaking), gift certificates to local restaurants, merchandise certificates, cash, etc.

    Is it worth the "show off" pins you get and the cash awards to know that the patients all have your full name? My last name is unusual for this area and all the people listed in the phone book are related to me.

    I have raised this issue to our safety & security people.....have not heard any answer yet.

    What do you think about this? (Press-Ganey is our god)
  9. by   bestblondRN
    Originally posted by regnursein99
    Interesting thoughts.....esp the one about HIPAA.

    What about this one: My facility is on a big thingy about "customer satisfaction" and has a big push to the staff that if you are named in a survey by a recent patient, you earn recognition awards. What you get is based on the number of times your name gets mentioned. You get free meals in the cafeteria (actually a good thing as ours is wonderful food generally speaking), gift certificates to local restaurants, merchandise certificates, cash, etc.

    Is it worth the "show off" pins you get and the cash awards to know that the patients all have your full name? My last name is unusual for this area and all the people listed in the phone book are related to me.

    I have raised this issue to our safety & security people.....have not heard any answer yet.

    What do you think about this? (Press-Ganey is our god)
    I think you bring up a great point, which is those places that encourage staff to make certain that patients and families know the caregiver's name in full so that feedback can be given on a more personal level. I have actually seen nurses fall all over each other trying to impress a VIP--making SURE that the patient and/or family had their full names and titles. It shouldn't become a contest among staff to win "points" in order to get those little perks from administration.

    As far as the name badge issue, I have never had harassing calls from former patients, but I've had patients or their families threaten bodily harm or harm to my property at various times (generally when they weren't getting or hearing what they wanted--I think we all know they type). I have worked for a couple of places now that used only first names on badges for this very reason, and it was reassuring when it happened that they didn't have my full name. I have to agree that our safety and right to privacy should be as well protected as the patients'.

    Just my $.02...........
  10. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Okay guys , this is slightly off subject but... one of the nurses I work with forgot her name badge one day. I work in an internal medicine office. My friend had just finished taking an older patient's BP and was starting to walk out of the room when his wife started saying something to her about his meds. She goes " Now Cherokee what about his refill on his Diovan?" Silence from my friend. Again, this elderly woman goes "Excuse me Cherokee what about my husband's medicine?" Now my friend's name is Julie. We finally figured out that the woman saw the embroidered Cherokee brand name stitched on her top and thought that was her name! We laughed our a$$es off and everytime that woman comes in, I always make a point to call Julie
    Cherokee in front of her and Julie calls me Landau!:chuckle
  11. by   mamabear
    One of the few things my employer does that makes sense is having first name, title, and department only on the front of our ID badges, under our smiling faces: Mamabear RN, Behavioral Medicine.
    I've never had a patient telephone me at home, because I've had an unlisted/unpublished number for 17 years.
  12. by   INTEVA
    The way I see it; @ least the patient gets the correct spelling if they want to praise you or report you when they are mailed the patient survey after discharge.The photo ID tag @ our facility is not very easy to see & first & last name & title is included. I was thinking of adding my original name badge I received when I started my employ 26 yrs. ago @ same facility. It has first & last name & title in big , bold letters. Some of the employees have worn them all along in addition to the photo ID.
    The only phone calls I've ever received were from family members or people in the community I know very well that happen to go to the hospital where I'm employed. I live in a small town & the hospital is very small also so there has never been a problem. Every now & then we do get some weirdos & some of the girls voice their concerns but we can be lucky nothing has come of it. We were also told we are required to have our badge visible & be sure to tell the patient who we are; so I really don't know what we can really do about it.
  13. by   MarcusKspn
    As far as I know, we are required to wear our full name and title no our name-tag's. ( I live in oklahoma). I think this is a requirerment by the BON here. That way a patients knows who took care of them of who did not take care of them. If there is an abuse problem the patient is able to tell who did it.

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