upset about title - page 4

I recently took a job at a local hospital as an intern and spoke with a new grad who told me that her title for her first year (as stated on her name badge) is not RN, but CNR-clinical nurse... Read More

  1. by   jhawkgirl
    At my hospital our badges say RN, but technically we're CNE's (clinical nurse entry level) for the first year or so. But that's only for the clinical ladder stuff, not our title to the public.
  2. by   twotrees2
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    I recently took a job at a local hospital as an intern and spoke with a new grad who told me that her title for her first year (as stated on her name badge) is not RN, but CNR-clinical nurse resident. After a year of experience, it is then changed to RN. I am not sure why this is done, how long they have been doing it, and plan to ask for more info from my manager...but it bothers me. You work so hard to earn the title of RN, I just don't feel that they should have the right to decide to call you by another title. Is that silly?

    new grads are not RNs thay are graduate nurses - as far as i know as long as one passes state boards you are then an RN ( or LPN or whuchever degree you get)
  3. by   firstyearstudent
    Personally, I'd prefer that status to RN for my first year. I anticipate being overwhelmed and hopefully a title like this would let other staff know that I was not experienced. This would be especially important in my case since I'm in my early 40s and wouldn't want everyone to assume I knew what I was doing.
  4. by   OB_or_NICU_hopeful
    Quote from firstyearstudent
    Personally, I'd prefer that status to RN for my first year. I anticipate being overwhelmed and hopefully a title like this would let other staff know that I was not experienced. This would be especially important in my case since I'm in my early 40s and wouldn't want everyone to assume I knew what I was doing.
  5. by   twotrees2
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    But that's exactly my point, if the rationale is to denote one's lack of experience, yet you are held to the same legal and professional standards as a more experienced RN...then what's the point of changing my title...which is given by the state BON...NOT the hospital.

    Like one person said in another post, perhaps a "new team member" pin or something like that would be more appropriate...I don't have a problem with others knowing that I am a new grad/inexperienced. I DO have a problem with my title which I worked so hard to earn, being stripped away by an institution which should not have a legal right to do so.:mortarboard:

    Anyhow, I only took this job for extra income and to compare it to the facility that I already work in before I make my final decision. This is just ONE issue I have with this particular hospital, and I am not sure if I will work there after graduation.

    I am relieved that others feel similar to how I feel...at first I wondered if I was just being too sensitive, and now I don't feel like my thoughts are so irrational. I work there tomorrow and I plan to ask the manager about the policy. I'll post an update about what she says.


    never mind i went back and now i understand - did this woman take boards in that yr or was she "just interning" for a while ( i have one intern who graduated who has no plans on boards for another 3 months so she has some experience to help her ) how long ago was this that she had this happen - when i was a nurse intern it lsated even about 3 months after i took state boards as it took that an longer at times to get the results back. so until we got results we were "just interns" ( nowadays one knows within days!!)
    Last edit by twotrees2 on Oct 10, '06
  6. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from twotrees2
    im confused - are you the OP - if so and you have not graduated then you have not ,nor can you wear the title RN - perhaps they mean that you need to wear this while you are there during school - when i worked in hospial while going to school i was designated as a nurse intern on my badge - after grad as a graduate nurse then after boards an RN -
    I am a student, working as an intern at this facility. I am considering whether to seek employment there after graduation which is why this issue concerns me. I don't see how that was unclear. My current title is nurse intern. I wanted to ensure that my legal title after passing the NCLEX would be RN.
  7. by   twotrees2
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    I am a student, working as an intern at this facility. I am considering whether to seek employment there after graduation which is why this issue concerns me. I don't see how that was unclear. My current title is nurse intern. I wanted to ensure that my legal title after passing the NCLEX would be RN.
    as my corrected post said - i am sorry i misunderstood - i thought you meant you and you were talkingabout afriends trouble with it - sorry for the misunderstanding.
  8. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from twotrees2
    as my corrected post said - i am sorry i misunderstood - i thought you meant you and you were talkingabout afriends trouble with it - sorry for the misunderstanding.
    No prob. Sorry if I was unclear...thanks for your response.
  9. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from twotrees2
    did this woman take boards in that yr or was she "just interning" for a while ( i have one intern who graduated who has no plans on boards for another 3 months so she has some experience to help her ) how long ago was this that she had this happen - when i was a nurse intern it lsated even about 3 months after i took state boards as it took that an longer at times to get the results back. so until we got results we were "just interns" ( nowadays one knows within days!!)
    This new grad as I referred to her in the original post, had just passed boards. She was pretty upset that she was being referred to as a CNR rather than an RN, which lead me to my assumptions...which I cleared up with HR.

    Before graduation you are an intern, after graduation but before receiving license # you are a graduate nurse, after receiving license you are an RN with the subtitle of CNR for the first year of practice at this particular facility. The facility that I have chosen to work for does not have that policy...you are simply RN.
  10. by   BSNtobe2009
    If I was a patient there, that would very much confuse me. I mean, unless someone worked there, how would they know what a clinical nurse resident was or what kind of qualifications they had? That's confusing to the public.

    I think that was a bad call by someone in administration.
  11. by   jo272wv
    I guess it depends on the hospital.. The day I got my RN number, my nurse manager went to personel and surprised me with not only my new name badge with RN after my name but also a large white plastic card which is placed behind the name badge and a large RN shows under the name badge which is required for all RNs in my hospital. It was a day I will always remember.

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