Nursing Necklace

  1. I'm currently in nursing school and will graduate with my BSN in less then 2 years. I have been looking at necklaces with the caduceus symbol on them or as some know, the "medical symbol." I'm very passionate about nursing and am extremely proud to be in nursing school and working toward my dream job. I'm debating on buying this necklace with this symbol now, or once I graduate. Is it disrespectful to wear if not technically a nurse?
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   seaofclouds21
    I don't think it is disrespectful to wear one before being a nurse. I would think about if a necklace is really what you want though because you will be limited on when you can wear it in the future. You won't be able to wear it to clinicals or in most nursing positions. So, if it is a symbol you want to be able to have with you often, you may want to rethink what you get.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    I have a tattoo of the cadeuceus with "RN" on the sides. While tats are not for everyone, I think a necklace would be impractical. It probably wouldn't be allowed at clinical, as another poster said, and you probably wouldn't be allowed to wear it on the job either. You don't want a patient to break it or try to strangle you with it.
  5. by   Denes21
    I understand that. But even to wear outside of the hospital setting . Ive worked my butt off for this degree and am going to continue on to get my masters. I'm proud of my achievements and would like to show it off in other ways. Sorry if that sounds conceded
  6. by   Wuzzie
    If the caduceus you like has an "RN" on it then no, you should not wear it until you have graduated AND passed your boards. If it's plain then have at it.
  7. by   Flo.
    I have a medical alert bracelet with the caduceus on it. People might think you have a medical condition if you wear it.
  8. by   HermioneG
    I think that's great!

    If I was you, though, I would first do thorough research on the caduceus (also known as the staff of Hermes) vs the Staff/Rod of Asclepius before you buy one. I've personally thought of finding a Staff of Asclepius necklace to wear!!

    Caduceus as a symbol of medicine - Wikipedia
    Last edit by HermioneG on Nov 22
  9. by   Cat365
    Quote from HermioneG
    I think that's great!

    If I was you, though, I would first do thorough research on the caduceus (also known as the staff of Hermes) vs the Staff/Rod of Asclepius before you buy one. I've personally thought of finding a Staff of Asclepius necklace to wear!!

    Caduceus as a symbol of medicine - Wikipedia
    Yeah, the origin is not exactly correct for the cadeceus but over the years it has become a medical symbol. I checked into that and decided that like language symbols can evolve. The original meaning has changed over the years and it's just a cool looking symbol so I'm not sweating it.

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