Proud to say or keep it hid away?

  1. I know that when we are going through nursing school it is a proud time not only for us but our family and friends. How many times did someone find out you were in nursing school or a nurse and ask you all sorts of health questions? And then during and after school you hung you equipment and badges from your rear view mirror. Are you a nurse that is proud of what you are and show it by your clothing with RN/LPN/CNA written all over it or do you have stickers or signs all over your vehicle? Do you have a tattoo or things that show what you are? Or do you hide it and don't want anyone to know?:roll :roll
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  3. by   skipaway
    I am definately proud to be an RN/CRNA. But I certainly don't advertise it on my vehicle. If someone asks, I'll let them know what my job is but I usually don't volunteer the info.
  4. by   clee1
    Quote from skipaway
    I am definately proud to be an RN/CRNA. But I certainly don't advertise it on my vehicle. If someone asks, I'll let them know what my job is but I usually don't volunteer the info.
    Me too.
  5. by   rnin02
    I've learned to keep quiet about it too...way too many people ask about medical issues and half the time (or more than!) its a question I don't feel comfortable answering for whatever reason (too long since I learned about it, don't want them taking my words as "gospel",etc) and then you get the "look" from them. The one that says "sure you're a nurse, but you couldn't solve my problem so you must not be that good of a nurse". Drives me crazy.
  6. by   DutchgirlRN
    I don't tell unless they ask. It's bad enough that many people think they can call you anytime for anything. I don't give advice. Usually "you should contact your doctor". I do wear a sweater at work with my name and title but there the cat is already out of the bag.
  7. by   GooeyRN
    I hide it the best I can. I never say I am an RN unless asked. I don't like to be asked for medical advice or asked about medications etc on my off hours.
  8. by   new er nurse
    I rarely tell I'm an RN unless asked. The medical questions were bad enough when I was an EMT! I too hate the looks when you refer them to their doctor or can't solve their problem.
  9. by   MIA-RN1
    I have no problem telling people I am a nurse, if asked. I don't walk into a room and announce it, but I won't hide it either. I am incredibly proud of my accomplishment. I have a couple funny t-shirts with nursing stuff on them, like "Nursing School Survivor" and a cute one about not crying in front of the doctor, but mostly I just wear normal clothes that don't advertise. I don't have any thing on my car that identifies me as a nurse but I am waiting for my AHNA decal to get here. And I don't have my tatoo--yet--but I will in a couple weeks. It will either be RN with a caudecus like the nametag I have, or chakra colors around a lotus with RN in script (I am also a reiki healer so trying to combine it in there somehow). Oh, and I wear a little RN necklace too.
  10. by   CritterLover
    the only place i advertize my rn is at work.

    otherwise i hide, hide, hide it.

    if i grocery shop on my way home from work, i make sure i take my nametag off.

    when i bought my house, my real estate agent told all of my neighbors that i was a nurse. they rang my doorbell for all sorts of medical complaints. very aggrivating, esp when you work nights.

    i don't mean to sound so uncharitable, but 1) i don't want to work when i'm not at work; 2) people will sue anyone for anything 3) i'm not qualified to give medical advice.
  11. by   traumaRUs
    I neither flaunt it nor hide it. Its common knowledge in my rural area what EVERYONE does. I am on the volunteer fire dept so yes, lots of folks know that I've worked in the "big city" ER for 10 years. However, few know that I have gone on to be an APN and now work in nephrology.
  12. by   Gennaver
    Quote from MALE*RN*777
    I know that when we are going through nursing school it is a proud time not only for us but our family and friends. How many times did someone find out you were in nursing school or a nurse and ask you all sorts of health questions? And then during and after school you hung you equipment and badges from your rear view mirror. Are you a nurse that is proud of what you are and show it by your clothing with RN/LPN/CNA written all over it or do you have stickers or signs all over your vehicle? Do you have a tattoo or things that show what you are? Or do you hide it and don't want anyone to know?:roll :roll
    Hello,
    While I have pride in my future profession I am learning to watch it about volunteering so. Yes, I have been asked countless times already for a "consult" or opinion.

    I do not think that an off the cuff opinion is going to help anyone! I do not diagnose, I am a student nurse, I am not looking at their labs, do not have their history and so on...do not think my student malpractice ins covers it...

    No longer do I try to wear my stethoscope on my car window, or even an old junk cheapie scope. It not only would get ruined from the sunshine but, it advertises that I am "most likely" a woman, and that I am employed and that my vehicle may be robable.

    Scopes on rear view mirrors would also make one heckuva projectile to take an eye out or embedd into my skull if n I should ever be involved in an accidnet too!
    Gen

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