Why do Nurse's wear there degree on there name badges? - page 11

I have never had anyone give me a straight answear to this question, Why do nurses wear there degree on the badge uniforms? I see few other people in the hospital setting that do it except for... Read More

  1. by   nurs4kids
    Throughout all this debate, I have continued to ask and STILL have not seen one answer to the following question.

    WHY DOES IT MATTER IF SOMEONE PREFERS THEIR CREDENTIALS ON THEIR BADGE?

    Some of you are acting as if YOU are paying extra for those extra letters to be printed. I've not seen one BSN here say that being a BSN makes them a BETTER nurse, only a more EDUCATED nurse. The only conclusion I can arrive at is that seeing that BSN makes some nurses feel inferior. I, for one ASN, am confident with my nursing abilities and do not feel inferior to those with more education. I do have great respect for those who sacrificed a couple more years for their BSN. God knows I hated nursing school and didn't want to spend a day more than was necessary for me to become a RN.

    So, again to steal the queen's line...WHY NOT WEAR CREDENTIALS ON BADGES???


    whadda ya know..another moderator with an opinion. go figure
  2. by   Q.
    Tracy, I guess we are left in suspense to that question.

  3. by   donmurray
    As a mere male, I might find wearing my "credentials" on a badge a tad painful!
  4. by   mcl4
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Stargazer
    [B]Off-topic:

    Well, perhaps you need to look at a few more websites. I belong to 3 other boards in which the moderators frequently weigh in. Because it's their board and they happen to have, you know, their own opinions about some of the topics and discussions. Why would anyone take on the responsibility of starting a discussion board if they couldn't even have the fun of participating? It's not a formal debate, it's a discussion board.


    Actually, most boards policies specifically director the moderators to stay neutral when issues are debated. I can see why they do this now. The moderator's role is to keep participates "on topic" and they also can remove messages at their discretion. It would be hard to remove messages if you are active in the debate.
    Yes, not all threads are debates, but the ones that are, the moderators should remain neutral.
  5. by   mcl4
    Originally posted by kaknurse
    Stargazer, thank you so very much for claryfying for mcl4 about moderator participation.

    This topic seems to have become quite heated! Lets all just take a deep breath and relax!

    Thank You

    Kelly-


    This person gave his/her opinion or what he has seen on other websites. He/she clarified nothing. I don't believe this to be true with the vast majority of message boards for the reason I've stated and from what I've seen.
  6. by   mcl4
    [I, for one ASN, am confident with my nursing abilities and do not feel inferior to those with more education. I do have great respect for those who sacrificed a couple more years for their BSN. God knows I hated nursing school and didn't want to spend a day more than was necessary for me to become a RN.

    So, again to steal the queen's line...WHY NOT WEAR CREDENTIALS ON BADGES???


    whadda ya know..another moderator with an opinion. go figure [/B][/QUOTE]



    What has been revealed on this board is a superiority issue with the level of education rather then an inferiority issue which has been stated outright in messages or has been stated in an underlying tone. This tone hasn't been in all messages, but enough to make a person sit up and take notice.

    Attending nursing school is not a sacrafice, it is a choice. No one has forced you to seek an education in nursing, take additional education course or go on to attain a higher degrees so there is no sacrafice. Current students in nursing school could quite tomorrow and no one would suffer any real consequences.
    We went people in our profession because they want to be in there.
  7. by   mcl4
    And they all should. NOT to imply that if a nurse does not have these things, she/he is BAD - but I guess if patients/people had a greater awareness of the things that nurses CAN and DO know, perhaps we would be on the right path to gaining a little more respect for our profession as a whole. [/B][/QUOTE]




    During the twenty-four years I've been a nurse, working on a medical and a surgical station, ER, a clinic and in long term care, I've never had trouble gaining respect from the public, staff or patients. It was earned by my safe nursing practices and giving quality nursing care. My job performance has been reflected in my annual reviewals given by my supervisors. Actions speak louder then letters on a name badge.
  8. by   mcl4
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    And the final comment - about patients not caring about the length of education - I guess what I meant is that in our profession, where we are struggling to identify ourselves and our job roles, education is important. The public has a general misconception about our profession and informing them about the levels of nursing is a start to dispell those ideas. I guess if I have a patient or Joe Blow off the street who doesn't really care if their nurse went the extra mile to get a BSN, or get a RNC, or get certified in fetal scalp electrode placement, well then to me, that patient is not acting as an informed consumer. And they all should. NOT to imply that if a nurse does not have these things, she/he is BAD - but I guess if patients/people had a greater awareness of the things that nurses CAN and DO know, perhaps we would be on the right path to gaining a little more respect for our profession as a whole. [/B][/QUOTE]





    Specifically what misconceptions does the public have about our profession? I found your message to contain contraditions. If it isn't bad that he/she hasn't attained these "things" what is the importance of the public's knowledge of the nurse's educational background in order to be a better consumer? If a patient doesn't have an interest in the specific education a nurse has, they are catagorized as not being an informed consumer? A hospital wouldn't permit a nurse to perform a procedure they are not certified in and you assume a nurse would do something that goes beyond their knowledge or education. Is this something that happens at your place of employement?
  9. by   mcl4
    As this board got significantly bigger, Brian asked for volunteers from among existing members to help him moderate. Obviously, the most participatory members would be among those most willing to do so. I could be wrong here, but I'm guessing no one who volunteered to moderate ever signed a blood oath to never have an opinion again.

    We now return you to your previously-scheduled argu...er, topic. [/B][/QUOTE]




    Oversee is the keyword in the allnurse.com description of a moderator. You can't stay objective in a forum, that turns to debating an issue, if you take a strong position. In additon, some, but not all, messages from moderators have had a raw tone and I don't think this is what the person who wrote this job description of moderators meant as being "helpful."


    What Are Moderators?

    Moderators oversee specific forums. They generally have the ability to edit and delete posts, move threads, and perform other manipulations. Becoming a moderator for a specific forum is usually rewarded to users who are particularly helpful and knowledgable in the subject of the forum they are moderating.
  10. by   P_RN
    Y'know.....this is becoming tiresome. It's become ANOTHER pi$$in' contest.......

    "I know my badge is better than yours is."
    "Yes, but MY badge has more letters......"

    How about if we stick to the topic..........

    I like Brandy's idea....what did YOUR nursing cap look like????
  11. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by P_RN
    Y'know.....this is becoming tiresome. It's become ANOTHER pi$$in' contest.......

    How about if we stick to the topic..........
    I couldn't agree more. When someone posts SIX consecutive messages, it's clear that they're not interested in having a conversation with anyone but themselves.
  12. by   mcl4
    And, I do understand the different roles of an LPN and a RN - HOWEVER, it is important to note that in some clinical areas, RNs
    And as a moderator, I am quite concerned about a member who is irritated with a thread. By merely making a suggestion I don't see how I am not living up to some "standard" of being a moderator. A moderator is entitled to an opinion just as much as anyone else. What I watch for, is expletives, racial and sexual slurs. That's all - sorry to disappoint you. [/B][/QUOTE]




    I'm not irritated by this thread so please don't worry about it.
    However, I don't think you are following the standards of a moderator from what I've read in the allnurses.com detailing what a moderator is. If you think you are, you have low standards. I don't take making critical remarks lightly, so you must understand I believe this to be true and this is an impression of a person who has not posted here previous to this past week.
  13. by   mcl4
    Originally posted by Stargazer

    I couldn't agree more. When someone posts SIX consecutive messages, it's clear that they're not interested in having a conversation with anyone but themselves.



    I tend to try to clarify my points through more then one message at time. I will not be offended if you do not read my messages.

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