Signing your title in everyday signature

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    At my job, and with most nursing jobs I guess, I sign my name and title A LOT. SO much that I sometimes catch myself almost signing my title in normal every day signatures. Like signing a check, I almost always want to add RN after my signature. I have been able to catch myself because I feel it would be pretty corny to do that.

    Why I'm asking this is because I was just reading an obit for a former patient's husband and there was a note of condolence from someone we'll call Susie Baker, RN. She was not this patient's nurse as far as I could tell because in the note she recalled sitting around drinking wine with him and being his friend. I just thought it was strange that in that setting she would use her title. I know if I wrote a letter of condolence in the obituary section of the paper for one of my patients and I did not mention that I was their nurse I would think it a bit tacky to sign my title after my name.

    What say you. DO you sign your title after your name in non work situations?
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    I only sign RN behind my name for work related paperwork.
    GrnTea, tokmom, SoldierNurse22, and 1 other like this.
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    Guilty! Usually on my checks I'll start to add my title and stop myself. Its just at the moment where I'm mindlessly going through the motions of something. If I accidentally don't catch it and actually write it, I'll throw away the check and write a new one. I always thought it was just me...sounds like I'm not the only one!
    jalyc RN, MauraRN, tokmom, and 1 other like this.
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    Typically the only time I sign my full name on anything is when I'm signing a work-related document so I do it by accident sometimes. I did it once when signing my refinance for my mortgage. I don't see how you can necessarily assume that this person was not somehow known as "Susie the nurse" by these people though and that may very well be why she signed her name that way.
    jalyc RN and GrnTea like this.
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    I have ..on occasion signed my name with RN at the end after a long stretch or a busy night....it just seems to flow sometimes. I accidentally signed my marriage certificate that way....
    Beverage, kbrn2002, cryingsky, and 14 others like this.
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    Quote from Esme12
    I have ..on occasion signed my name with RN at the end after a long stretch or a busy night....it just seems to flow sometimes. I accidentally signed my marriage certificate that way....
    I've signed my income tax check with RN once.

    I also find I'm more likely to sign RN if I go shopping right after work and sign the credit card slip.
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    When I was registering my kids for school this week year, I accidentally wrote RN after my signature on a field trip release form for my 3rd grader. Ha!
    jalyc RN, NurseDirtyBird, elprup, and 2 others like this.
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    Yeah, I do this all the time, it just flows out. I usually catch myself halfway through the R so it's either sign RN or P.... Not sure which is worse
    NurseDirtyBird likes this.
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    Some doctors put ,MD after their name on things like that? I think it MAY be a tad bit corny to do this on say, checks and things..but hey, we ARE professionals! And we worked HARD to be able to put, RN after our name!
    psullivan95 likes this.
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    Quote from NurseGhostHunter



    What say you. DO you sign your title after your name in non work situations?
    Not on purpose.
    weemsp, kbrn2002, Hygiene Queen, and 4 others like this.


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