The highest ranking RN in my hospital is MSN educated with a title of Chief Nursing Officer. She prefers to be called by her first name. In my thirty year nursing career and during my four years in nursing school
I have referred to one RN as Mrs. She was the dean of my nursing program. I would do so today if I saw her. I work at my hospital in a PRN pool, primarily in the ICUs and occasionally in a psychiatric unit. The psych unit has just had an RN appointed as director. Her age and education level are unknown to me. She is from outside the organization with extensive psych experience. I'm told by coworkers who have met her the first thing she makes clear is that she is to be addressed as Ms. 'Newboss'. She went on to address them by their first names. While I enjoy working in the psych unit, I would feel condescended to and would be uncomfortable working for her. It might just be easier to refrain from working there. I would make it known to my boss and the CNO why I made the decision if that is what I decide. Any one with similar experiences or advise? I will take the opportunity to meet her and let her make clear her position. I would also give her the opportunity to refer to me as Mr. or RN before making my decision. That, while not preferable, would be acceptable.