Quote from RNin'08
I suggest that each of us write them a letter to inform them how ignorant and misinformed this makes them sound (and remind them that patients can always read our NAME TAG to see who we are and what position we hold).
Good suggestion (about writing letters) - that comment about too casual annoys the heck out of me too (maybe Matt should stand on HIS feet and wipe butts/ put in catheters for 12 hours straight in a suit & tie and see how that works for HIM?), but that being said...am I the only one who wishes the nursing staff would at least all wear the same color scrubs?
(I'm ducking now for the beating I'm anticipating by daring to utter these words!)
Yes nurses have name badges, but patients who are really old, or just really sick, or without glasses at the moment, etc. do not know WHO is entering their room and often confuse housekeeping with nursing or anyone else in a scrub. How do I know? Because I was a patient MANY times before going to nursing school
and I never knew who anybody was unless they leaned over me real close to do something. I felt self-conscious asking "Who are you?" all the time. Now of course, I wouldn't hesitate!