what is rule for placing acronyms behind one's name?

  1. 0 Does anyone know the rule for putting acronyms behind your name? I have a BSN. I got that first, then the RN. So am I BSN, RN? Or RN,BSN? It's confusing, since there are so many RNs who have returned to school to get their BSN (RN,BSN?). And what about specialty designations such as CCRN? Any help from some of the seasoned nurses out there, would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
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  3. Visit  lmz profile page

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  4. Visit  Jessy_RN profile page
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    Does anyone know the rule for putting acronyms behind your name? I have a BSN. I got that first, then the RN. So am I BSN, RN? Or RN,BSN? It's confusing, since there are so many RNs who have returned to school to get their BSN (RN,BSN?). And what about specialty designations such as CCRN? Any help from some of the seasoned nurses out there, would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
    If you got your bachelor's degree before in nursing....did you do a bridge and earned a BSN? Or is the Bachelors degree in another field?

    As far as I know it would be RN first then BSN (if your bachelor's is in nursing). THen your specialties I guess.
  5. Visit  sirI profile page
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    Quote from lmz
    Does anyone know the rule for putting acronyms behind your name? I have a BSN. I got that first, then the RN. So am I BSN, RN? Or RN,BSN? It's confusing, since there are so many RNs who have returned to school to get their BSN (RN,BSN?). And what about specialty designations such as CCRN? Any help from some of the seasoned nurses out there, would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Usually start with your title...RN....then add BSN, MSN, PhD, CCRN....etc.
  6. Visit  P_RN profile page
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    I start and end with the RN. The rest of the alphabet usually stays in my file cabinet and picture frames.
  7. Visit  Thunderwolf profile page
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    You know, I've seen it both ways...RN, BSN/ BSN, RN. I think it is of personal preference.

    Wolfie
  8. Visit  Cute_CNA profile page
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    It's all BS to me.
  9. Visit  JWRN profile page
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    Actually, you should put your highest degree first, followed by your license, then certifications in the order your received them. Your degree is first because it is yours and cannot be taken away from you, your license and your certifications can be revoked and therefore are usually listed after your degree. You will always have your BSN but your RN and other certifications can be taken from you...
    So it would be BSN, RN, CCRN, so on...

    Hope this helps...
  10. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    Just to confuse you further. I heard you start with your license and then go from lowest degree/certification to highest.
  11. Visit  ShayRN profile page
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    Quote from JWRN
    Actually, you should put your highest degree first, followed by your license, then certifications in the order your received them. Your degree is first because it is yours and cannot be taken away from you, your license and your certifications can be revoked and therefore are usually listed after your degree. You will always have your BSN but your RN and other certifications can be taken from you...
    So it would be BSN, RN, CCRN, so on...

    Hope this helps...
    This is what I have heard as well and how I sign my name.
  12. Visit  Jolie profile page
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    Quote from JWRN
    Actually, you should put your highest degree first, followed by your license, then certifications in the order your received them. Your degree is first because it is yours and cannot be taken away from you, your license and your certifications can be revoked and therefore are usually listed after your degree. You will always have your BSN but your RN and other certifications can be taken from you...
    So it would be BSN, RN, CCRN, so on...

    Hope this helps...

    This is what we were taught in school, and I believe it follows the APA format for publishing.
  13. Visit  gwenith profile page
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    I thought the rule was lowest to highest - although I also heard that PhD actually stands for "Piled Higher and Deeper":chuckle
  14. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page
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    from:
    playing the credentials game
    mary c. smolenski, fnp, np-c, edd

    http://community.nursingspectrum.com...e.cfm?aid=7126

    through informal research, i have found the general rule of thumb to be, "follow your name with the credential that can least be taken away from you, in descending order, with awards or fellowships last."
  15. Visit  lmz profile page
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    This was very helpful, especially your reasoning. And it seems that the majority agrees with your analysis. So this is the example I will follow. BSN, RN....


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