professional upgrade, change our title from nurse to ? - page 2

I recently read that some nursing schools are actually thinking about a title change to reflect the more modern role we play in healthcare. Good idea or bad ? Just think this may actually lead to an... Read More

  1. by   KeniRN

    The "NRN" thing is to confusing. Just imagine when someone says to a pt, "This is Susie Smith,NRN" The Pt may hear, "this is Susie Smith, an-R-N ." (Yes I know. The correct grammar is "a RN" not "an RN."

    Then we'd be right back to where we were with the confusion with UAPs and nurses
  2. by   rachel h
    I think changing our title would be a wonderful thing! I actually posted a similar thought on a thread awhile back called "How can we improve the image of nursing" or something like that. Although I don't have any brilliant ideas, I do think a title change is in order. The word 'nurse' is associated with a lot of things that nurses don't even do anymore. It's outdated. I kid you not, when I tell people I'm a nurse, I commonly get scrunched up faces and remarks such as "So you have to empty bedpans and stuff?" "Do you have to clean up a lot of poop?" "What do you mean your job is stressful? What do you do? Give people their pills and baths, right?" Yeah- nevermind all of the critical thinking, judgement calls, etc. - people think of nurse they think of fresh water pitchers and bedpans... JMO
  3. by   fab4fan
    If people have not figured out what we do after all these years, how in the world can we expect them to be suddenly enlightened as to our work if we change our title?

    I can just hear a pt calling out, "Help, I need a Health Care Consultant!..."
  4. by   aus nurse
    I was thinking GD for general dogsbody...but confess i like Nanna nurse's CAC better!


    SmilingBluEyes NGE....I LOVE IT
  5. by   aus nurse
    Originally posted by rachel h
    I think changing our title would be a wonderful thing! I actually posted a similar thought on a thread awhile back called "How can we improve the image of nursing" or something like that. Although I don't have any brilliant ideas, I do think a title change is in order. The word 'nurse' is associated with a lot of things that nurses don't even do anymore. It's outdated. I kid you not, when I tell people I'm a nurse, I commonly get scrunched up faces and remarks such as "So you have to empty bedpans and stuff?" "Do you have to clean up a lot of poop?" "What do you mean your job is stressful? What do you do? Give people their pills and baths, right?" Yeah- nevermind all of the critical thinking, judgement calls, etc. - people think of nurse they think of fresh water pitchers and bedpans... JMO

    Rachel, I am an RN and I "empty bedpans and stuff"

    I agree with fab4fan, changing a name aint gonna change people's perception of our profession.
  6. by   NurseLKY
    GLORIFIED WAITRESS
  7. by   abrenrn
    Good topic. While I love being a nurse and consider it a fine profession, few know what a nurse is, fewer still recognize a level of professional caregiving.

    If it has to change, I might suggest "Wellness Engineering Professional" (WEP for short), along with enforced expectations from those who employ us and work with us. The expectaions would come down to: respect for our profession, no abuse of its practitioners.

    Would be nice if that could happen with word nurse, just seems too impossible.
  8. by   ?burntout
    Originally posted by NannaNurse
    I personally like this one..........PMM.........Provider of Modern Miracles........we are expected to do all , know all, put up with all and read peoples minds....especially the MD's.
    What type of titles are they thinking of anyways???????
    PHD.....Personal Health Director
    MHW...Miracle Health Worker
    DDC....Doctor De-Cypher........heehee
    CAC....Catcher of All Crap

    Ok, I'll quit while I'm ahead...........it's been a long day and this is kinda fun!!
    I had a long day too-you hit this one on the money!!! :chuckle
  9. by   semstr
    I am a GuK, aka Gesundheits- und Krankenschwester.
    (Gesundheit means health, Kranken means the sick people)
    you'd have to say it like gook. LOL
    Renee
  10. by   ceecel.dee
    MD - multidisciplinary coordinator
  11. by   shannonRN
    love catcher of all crap...CAC.
    so true, so true!
  12. by   NCTraumaNurse
    Yep, that would be me, CAC!!!!!, and how was YOUR day?
  13. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by semstr
    I am a GuK, aka Gesundheits- und Krankenschwester.
    (Gesundheit means health, Kranken means the sick people)
    you'd have to say it like gook. LOL
    Renee
    umm... gook en who???

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