Why do Nurse's wear there degree on there name badges? - page 15

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   JBudd
    Here's just a funny one about the caps.........
    when someone in the hospital admin started muttering about caps identifying nurses and maybe we should go back to them, a buddy of mine got a white baseball cap printed with RN in big black letters on the front and wore that for a few days. Nothing more was heard:chuckle :roll :chuckle :roll
  2. by   imeejon
    Wow! Kevin storm has the right name for starting this one!
    I am just a final year(mature!) student. In the UK there are only a handful of private hospitals.Most are state-owned and part of the National Health Service. Nurses wear a badge showing their first name(or nickname if they prefer),followed by their family name.Underneath,if they are a staff nurse,that is what it says.If they are a ward manager,it says that.No degrees,no diplomas,no RN.( RN also means Royal Navy!) Uniforms are standard across the NHS, with most private facilities following the same system also, so the patients usually know who's who. Only surgical nurses wear scrubs. Other than your name badge, only a fob watch,and, if you are a member,the badge of the Royal College of Nursing, can be worn on uniforms.
    As far as different qualifications are concerned,when it comes to getting a job,the better your qualifications and experience are,the better chance you have.A degree is better than a diploma.Surely,nursing is no exception to that,is it?

    Back to Kev, who started all this. I had a good laugh when I got up to the bit that said you were a military man.The military are the world's worse for covering themselves with badges for every tiny thing they do or place they have been,and the US military are the worse of the worse for that! Why begrudge nurse wearing those 2 little letters-RN for their degree? That is, unless you have not got one yourself.
    So,Kev,what are you?
    In our military, nurses with degees are commisioned officers,while those with diplomas are 'enlisted' just like yours.
  3. by   eagleriver
    I had the bright idea of taking the school patches off my nursing school uniforms and using them for a while. Guess what...I was the only one in the hospital wearing white! Many of the nurses are wearing that navy blue color of scrubs, which makes them blend easliy with the maintenance staff.

    "Most people do not have any idea what Nurses do or what their jobs entail."

    How then can extra letters after the designation "Nurse" help the public understand?
  4. by   imeejon
    Good idea eagleriver. so what did you do? Continue to wear,or join the herd?
    Our student uniforms have no patches,but they are striped! we just have name badge which says 'student nurse'.Uniforms are not worn on campus,only when we are on practical/clinical placement,which is about 2 thirds of the time in final year.Its handy though,because I do some shifts for an agency,and just wear the student uniform with the agency name badge.
    It wouldn't suit you though, as its a dress. Female nurses have the option of tunic and pants,though most don't take it,and I assume the guys have the same option,though I have not yet seen any wearing dresses!
  5. by   GoodEnuf
    The hospital I worked at did not distinguish RN's although I always felt it was important. Yes, part of it is pride. It is hard work getting your BSN and after all that work and years you finally have the right to display it after your name. But more importantly is that there are different levels of nursing education (LPN, ADN, Diploma BSN) that the public are so often unaware of. They need to know who is taking care of them, for one. Second, it educates the public on the differences between practical and professional nursing.
  6. by   mattsmom81
    I would really like to see more emphasis on the need to educate the public about what NURSES DO, and less about the 'need' to educate them about the differing CREDENTIALS.

    Some of us here agee on that thankfully and it gives me hope.
  7. by   Stargazer
  8. by   Dr. Kate
    As far as I'm concerned the only thing that matters is the RN that says I have the right and privilege to do what I do.
    As someone who is frightfully overeducated I choose not to use the letters because they can be intimidating, off putting, and downright precious. But that's my opinion and I keep it to myself. I don't want people impressed by the degrees I've collected. I want them impressed because I'm a d--- good nurse.

    Also, how did this thread get resurrected?
  9. by   Teshiee
    I think it is what most say on this thread a pride thing. I am sure many of us work very hard to obtain our credentials why not show them off.
  10. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by Dr. Kate
    Also, how did this thread get resurrected?
    I dunno, but it counts for one shot in the Allnurses Drinking Game!
  11. by   RNforLongTime
    Originally posted by Teshiee
    I think it is what most say on this thread a pride thing. I am sure many of us work very hard to obtain our credentials why not show them off.
    Exactly!
  12. by   eagleriver
    Originally posted by imeejon
    Good idea eagleriver. so what did you do? Continue to wear,or join the herd?
    Our student uniforms have no patches,but they are striped! we just have name badge which says 'student nurse'.Uniforms are not worn on campus,only when we are on practical/clinical placement,which is about 2 thirds of the time in final year.Its handy though,because I do some shifts for an agency,and just wear the student uniform with the agency name badge.
    It wouldn't suit you though, as its a dress. Female nurses have the option of tunic and pants,though most don't take it,and I assume the guys have the same option,though I have not yet seen any wearing dresses!
    So far, I'm wearing the whites, and probably will until they aren't white any more. I only have to wear them occasionally anyway, 'cause my main job is uniformless...and name tagless! Actually it makes me kinda nervous...these folks might take meds from anybody!! Actually in an Alzheimer's unit, the name tag REALLY makes no difference. Instead, most of the time, the patients respond to kindness, patience and respect. They usually have an instinct for identifying true professionals.

    Come to think of it, that's how many patients respond in the non-Alzheimer's world as well.

    Any NURSE who expresses integrity and elegant compassion in their work deserves the faith and respect of their patients. I don't think that faith should be conditional - based on whatever they perceive the nurse's credentials to be worth, especially when they are so often not qualified to make such a judgement.

    Regardless of whatever badges, patches, bells or whistles a nurse is wearing, it's usually only a matter of a very short time that their worth will be recognized.
  13. by   moonrose2u
    why do we wear our credentials on our badges?

    because we worked our butts off to earn them....and all the while, losing sleep and meals, missing important dates with our families and friends, suffering anxiety about making the grade, and basically going through hell to "make it"..

    that is why we wear them...and proudly so..

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