Poll: Should nurses have more distinctive titles?

  1. I'd like to poll other nurses. Do you think nurses should have more distintive titles? and Do you think this would help elevate respect for our profession and elevate our salaries?

    The newspaper in my area doesn't provide seperate job categories for CNA's, CMA's, LPN's, RN's, and NP's but classifies them all as nurses. I've also heard CNA's referring to themselves as nurses. Our job badge often doesn't reflect our educational background. My local TV news grouped our profession with waitresses, busboys, and other service professions. This is the only profession that I'm aware of which does not differentiate between one year, two year, four year, six year and eight year educational levels. How do you feel this affects our salaries and profession?
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   asher315
    I think most people tend to think of nurses, in general, as waitresses, busboys or service people. (Fix my TV, my trash needs to emptied, will you bring me some juice, etc...) Of course, some people do realize that what we do is much more than fluff pillows and follow doctors around. I do think that ID badges should have your title on them. I worked hard for my license and I'm proud of it. As far as differentiating between diploma, AD and BSN,
    the debate has been going on for years with very little headway, I'm not sure it will ever end. And about salaries, when management realizes that nurses play such a big part in patient outcomes and satisfaction and that a good nurse is worth her/his weight in gold...maybe things will change. Of course, I'm not holding my breath...
  4. by   zenman
    Quote from trvlnRN
    I'd like to poll other nurses. Do you think nurses should have more distintive titles? and Do you think this would help elevate respect for our profession and elevate our salaries?
    I don't think a different title would mean much, particularly from the public's view. Salaries are not as free to play with considering reimbursement. We're just screwed!
  5. by   jaimealmostRN
    I want my title to be: Dutchess o' the Deptartment of Emergencies. LOL, ok sorry bad joke.
  6. by   Mommy2Katiebaby
    I always thought it'd be fun to insist on every letter you've ever attained being put behind your name. I'd be "RN, BSN, MA, NRP." So far, anyhow.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Nurses at my job are allowed to put addittional titles on their badges. For example "RN, MSN", "RN, BSN", "RNFA", "RN, CNOR", "RN, CMSRN"
  8. by   jnette
    All the letters behind ones name won't mean squat ... if the public doesn't "get it". By that I mean what Asher said above.

    As far as the public perception of what nurses really know and do... these added frills won't change that.

    It would be akin to adding a few more trinkets to your Walmart vest.

    "So what? Does that mean you can get me my water faster?"
  9. by   LatinaRN
    should we have more distinctive titles? will this give our profession more respect? i think that the way we are portrayed in the media has alot to do with the way the public percieves us. i can't watch er because the doctors do more nursing care on that show than the actual nurses! or the pink song that calls a nurse a "little *****." or the way that nurses are portrayed as sexual in white fish net stockings and a tight nursing uniform and cap. we should raise hell everytime that we are portrayed in a demeaning and disrespectful way by the media and maybe then they will get the picture. the public is bombarded by these images of a nurse.

    as far as having adn, bsn, phd, by your name, let me tell you this. when i started a new job at the hospital that i currently work in, i asked that bsn be added behind my name. by the way the id printer behaved you would have thought that i did not earn this degree but wanted it printed on my badge. she called the director of nursing to see if this was "allowed." long story short, bsn is behind my name on my badge. i wonder if a doctor would have gotten the same hassle to have phd behind their name.

    we should be proud of our educational achievements whether its an adn, bsn, msn, phd, crna, crnp. we are all educated professionals.
  10. by   saskrn
    I agree that people should be able to differentiate between RN's, LPN's and CNA's, but other than that, no further distinction is needed. IMHO, it would already add to the prevalent pi$$ing war between some nurses within the profession, already.

    When I was travelling, both in Canada and the USA, newspaper ads always stated RN, LPN, etc. I never saw a generic ad.
  11. by   saskrn
    Quote from jnette
    "So what? Does that mean you can get me my water faster?"
    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  12. by   jnette
    Quote from latinarn
    as far as having adn, bsn, phd, by your name, let me tell you this. when i started a new job at the hospital that i currently work in, i asked that bsn be added behind my name. by the way the id printer behaved you would have thought that i did not earn this degree but wanted it printed on my badge. she called the director of nursing to see if this was "allowed." long story short, bsn is behind my name on my badge. i wonder if a doctor would have gotten the same hassle to have phd behind their name.

    we should be proud of our educational achievements whether its an adn, bsn, msn, phd, crna, crnp. we are all educated professionals.
    you know, i do agree with you here.. we should be proud of our academic achievements and we have earned the added title(s). sure, i have no problem with someone wishing to have that added to their name bage if they so desire.

    i just think that the "general public" could give two hoots. :stone
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    We should raise hell everytime that we are portrayed in a demeaning and disrespectful way by the media and maybe then they will get the picture

    Ah, yes, i agree, although there are a few nurses that think the other need to "get a life" when hell is raised over such things. That doesn't help.
  14. by   trvlnRN
    Quote from latinarn
    should we have more distinctive titles? will this give our profession more respect? i think that the way we are portrayed in the media has alot to do with the way the public percieves us. i can't watch er because the doctors do more nursing care on that show than the actual nurses! or the pink song that calls a nurse a "little *****." or the way that nurses are portrayed as sexual in white fish net stockings and a tight nursing uniform and cap. we should raise hell everytime that we are portrayed in a demeaning and disrespectful way by the media and maybe then they will get the picture. the public is bombarded by these images of a nurse.

    as far as having adn, bsn, phd, by your name, let me tell you this. when i started a new job at the hospital that i currently work in, i asked that bsn be added behind my name. by the way the id printer behaved you would have thought that i did not earn this degree but wanted it printed on my badge. she called the director of nursing to see if this was "allowed." long story short, bsn is behind my name on my badge. i wonder if a doctor would have gotten the same hassle to have phd behind their name.

    we should be proud of our educational achievements whether its an adn, bsn, msn, phd, crna, crnp. we are all educated professionals.

    thanks for the comment....this is what i'm getting at by this post. as i origionally said....i have notice that we are portrayed along with uneducated professions such as food service as well as there is absolutely no distinction in my local newspaper. the employment ads don't differentiate between cna's, cma's, lpn's and rn's.....so what does that tell the public?! if the media compared doctors and their assistants in the same fashion....doctors would never stand for it. my husband is an engineer....they have very distinct titles based on their schooling (ie: level i, ii, iii, vi and so on) and they are never compared to a draftsman who is their assistant. most importantly their pay is reflected on both their schooling and their experience.
    i can't help but think that if nurses refused to be lumped in the same category as their assistants in the news media and with the nursing boards (ie....call assistants techs or something else but do not refer to them as nurses...i also feel the same about lpn's as they just don't have the same training we do) we would have more respect. i also have noticed that when doctors have seen my educational title on my badge they realize i have more than one or two years of training and have been more open to my suggestions/requests.
    i also feel that nurses with more college education should be paid more. period. by the same token....nurses with a lot of years in the practice and different levels of specialties should also be paid more. period. perhaps we should have levels of nursing (ie: level i, ii, iii, iv, etc as the engineers do). i really believe that by not insisting that we differentiate ourselves....we are not being perceived as a "real profession", thus we are portrayed terribly in the media, and we are not paid the salaries we should nor are we treated as the professionals we are!
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