Name Badges

  1. 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 home about their health problems. Although I handle this professionally when it does happen, tell them this is my time away from work and w/ my family, and if they want to call me at work they are more than welcome to, and I will discuss their issues then. It is just very frustrating. I'm not sure if there is a legal issue behind our FULL name being on display. Anyone have any ideas where to find info. on this. BTW, I live in VA. Myself and my fellow nurses have voiced our concerns to administration, w/ no explination as to why they have to be there, or only first name, etc...(then again who ever gets a straight answer from those guys)
    In this day and time it is scary to think that a disgruntled patient can look your name up in the phone book , then do a search on the net, and get your ADDRESS!! Does someone have to be stalked and murdered before the "rules" will change.
    Thanks for listening to my gripe...
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  2. 74 Comments

  3. by   NicuGal
    Guess I never thought about it. DH and I are unlisted as he is management in his field. In 16 years, I have never heard of this happening in our hospital.
  4. by   New CCU RN
    I have never gotten a phone call at home. Although I do understand your concerns. We commonly have inpatient inmates and I take my badge off before going in the room to take care of them. I just keep it in my pocket. As soon as I am done, I put it back on. May be paranoid....but heck..they are criminals...all they need to know is my first name.
  5. by   meownsmile
    We dont have both names on our badges,, we have our choice of first name and last initial,, or last name and first initial. Most choose first name with last initial. If we have inmates as patients then we are required to take off the name badge before entering the room.
  6. by   melsay
    Although I do not work in the prison system, we are required to wear our badges at ALL times....
  7. by   susanmary
    Good point. On my unit, we are allowed to pick the wording of our names for our badges. I list my first/last name on my badge.
    Clearly, disheartening that patients are calling you at home. I would write each incident up and document that you referred patient to MD, ED, etc. and instructed them not to contact you at home. You need to address this with management. I really am not concerned with my patients reading my last name -- sometimes it seems that they can't even remember my first name "nurse.... oh nurse...."
  8. by   melsay
    Originally posted by susanmary
    You need to address this with management. [/B]

    I feel as if I'm going up against a brink wall w/ management. I, and others mention this minthly at our meeting, no results to date....doubtful that there ever will be, until something terrible happens.
  9. by   New CCU RN
    It isn't in the prison system.... it is a regular hospital, we just have a contract with the prison system to treat the state's inmates. This is fine with me.... they usually are very appreciative of your care and the break from the prison. However, I will not let them know my last name. It is technically against policy.... we are supposed to have our badges on at all times... and with every other patient I do.
  10. by   New CCU RN
    That is kind of strange though the more I think about it...pt's calling you at home?

    Has anyone else experienced this?
  11. by   susanmary
    Mangement doesn't back you up? I'd still fill out a report each and every time and keep a copy. I don't know what your recourse is -- but I think it's terrible. I'd let risk management know what is happening. I would never give advice from home -- you are not "on the clock" and you will not be covered from your facility. Hang in there -- I'm guessing that you will get some great advice from fellow posters on this subject. Sue
  12. by   melsay
    Originally posted by New CCU RN
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    Has anyone else experienced this? [/B]
    Yes, I work in a 6 MD, 2 NP office where all 6 of the nurses there have experienced this problem at one time or another. And the majority of us it happens to on a weekly basis. The 2 CNA's haven't had this problem to date.
  13. by   mother/babyRN
    On my badge, I put a piece of tape over my last name if I am concerned...
  14. by   melsay
    Originally posted by susanmary
    Mangement doesn't back you up? I'd still fill out a report each and every time and keep a copy. I don't know what your recourse is -- but I think it's terrible. I'd let risk management know what is happening. I would never give advice from home -- you are not "on the clock" and you will not be covered from your facility. Hang in there -- I'm guessing that you will get some great advice from fellow posters on this subject. Sue
    Noway!! Management doesn't back us w/ anything that doesn't have to do w/ bringing $$ into the practice. I never give advice on ANYTHING from home, I simply tell them to contact me at the office, or if emergent to go directly to the ER.
    Risk management , thank you for that idea. I will speak to them, maybe I can get somewhere....thanks!

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