Non-Nurses calling themselves a Nurse - page 19

The school district my child goes to has a CNA in the school clinic, who refers to herself as "The school Nurse". I thought she was either an LVN or RN until last week when she had me come pick up... Read More

  1. by   ToxicShock
    That is a comment I would expect to hear for a child.

    "Mommy! I'm gonna be a Nurse today and I got the wingworm!"

    I didn't even think they could hire CNAs as a school "nurse". I was always under the impression that the school nurse was, in fact, a nurse!
  2. by   waitingforthedream
    My doctors office has a machine that says press "1" to get directed to triage nurse. Gee I know for a fact that the LPN that worked there quit 6 months ago. They have regular receptionists triaging these calls. Is'nt that a little misleading???
  3. by   LilyBlue
    The only people I usually encounter this from is my patients: "I'm a nurse too" they tell me a lot. I open up their chart to find they are/were a nurse's aide or an orderly. It doesn't bother me, other than I feel sad for them that in their mind, what they were wasn't enough. It really was. Good nursing assistants are worth their weight in gold.
  4. by   rmd47
    Wow! I would be all over this one. This person thinks she is a nurse. She should not be Dx'ing anyone. She is not qualified to come to such conclusions(let alone the incorrect Dx). In fact, nurses can't even make Medical Dx. Be sure you follow-up on this one for the safety of other children.
  5. by   PJROR
    I have had similar situations at my work. CNA's will tell people they are the nurse. This makes me mad, partly because people will tell their nurse things they will not tell a CNA. They think they are talking to a nurse. It is not that I think I am better but the patient needs to know when they are really talking to a nurse. I am new to the facility so I have not said anything. I will soon enough.
  6. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from LilyBlue
    The only people I usually encounter this from is my patients: "I'm a nurse too" they tell me a lot. I open up their chart to find they are/were a nurse's aide or an orderly. It doesn't bother me, other than I feel sad for them that in their mind, what they were wasn't enough. It really was. Good nursing assistants are worth their weight in gold.
    I had a similar situation, CNAs telling others that they are nurses. What I think is happening in that case is that the CNAs are treated as the bottom of the of the nursing hierarchy...usually in disdain and disrespect. Since I became a nurse, I have been even more cognizant of the value of a dedicated CNA. I believe they deserve just as much respect.
  7. by   PJROR
    CNA are often treated like crap. I agree. A good CNA makes my day so much easier. However teh good CNA's I have worked with are proud they are aids and show it. I still think the patient/resident has the right to know when they are consulting a licensed person. CNA's are worth their weight in gold, still patient/resident rights are still in the mix. They have the right to the truth.
  8. by   Scrubby
    I haven't read every comment on this thread but has it failed to escape everyones attention that despite this being allNURSES.com we have CNA's, nursing students, techs as members?

    By no means am I saying they shouldn't be members it's just the irony of it.
  9. by   nurseby07
    I know this is an old post but when I saw the interview with the octo-mom they said that she "worked here
    at this mental hospital as a technician. She performed basic nursing duties, giving medications and performing
    assessments" That irked me.
  10. by   kishinne
    hello,
    In my opinion....we really have to be cautious in everything we do...its not right to pretend or trying to be an expert when it comes to diagnose the disease of the person especially if you are not really a nurse by profession...it may harm one's condition,its either worsen or will do good..it depends upon the situation......
  11. by   flygirl43
    CNAs should not be handing out medical advice. Period. Don't let it drop. She can harm someone else!
  12. by   eriksoln
    My fav. are the ones who went to school, didnt finish, and call themselves nurses (these are usually family members).

    Also, there are people who NEVER did bedside care, went into a specialty away from the bedside str8 out of school who call themselves nurses (every hospital has that Case Manager who insists she is a nurse only because she passed boards, could never actually take a pt. load to save her life, but........make sure you dont forget, she is a nurse lol).

    Its easy to tell the difference between the "nurse in title" types from the nurses. Nurse by title only types smile and say "I'm a nurse" with that student nurse gleam in their eye, you can tell there is a "I have a calling and have become a nurse" thing going on between their ears.

    Now, nurses on the other hand are more like "Yeah, I'm a nurse why? What do you want?". Say it with a sort of........."Dont bother me" tone to it.
  13. by   gentlegiver
    LOL Eriksoln, I agree you can always tell the "real" nurse by her attitude. But you also can tell she/he's the real deal by thier heart!

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