I have a question that I think I know the answer to, but I want to double check because I can't seem to find a straight answer online.
Right now, I work as a diabetes writer. I have been writing for 10 years and I use my maiden name as my professional name because I have been writing before I got married.
When I got married last summer, I changed my name legally so that my last name is my husband's name. I did this because I want my last name to be the same as my future children's last name, and I want their last name to be the same as my husband's last name.
I am now pursuing a degree in nursing. I know that when I graduate and get my license, the license has to be under my legal name. Which at this point would be my married name. However, I plan to continue writing diabetes articles when I am a nurse and eventually a diabetes educator, and the whole reason I use my maiden name is for continuity.
My question is: is it possible to be licensed under my married name but have my professional name be my maiden name so that my patients know that these articles are from me? Or is that a legal / HR nightmare that would never be allowed.
Obviously I don't work in an environment where this is a problem. People publish under different names all the time, and my company knows that my legal HR name and my writing name are different. Would this be acceptable at a hospital / clinic, or should I get used to the idea of having to pick one name over the other?