Here in Mass., the "legal" term is Certified Nursing Assistant. Depending on the job you take, your "job title" can be different (ie Patient Care Assistant, Resident Care Aide, etc.)..
In Mass (is it Nationwide as well? ) it is a matter of law that we wear nametags with our full name and licensure/ certification. Some places include your "job title" as well.
ie- I've been "Annette A..., LPN" or "Annette A..., LPN, Clinical Nurse" etc..
So, here in Mass., I'm not sure if CNA's (as they are certified/ licensed) are able to choose what they are referred to, from a legal standpoint, at least. I, personally, refert to CNA's as CNA's. Of course, staff and patients refer to CNA's and nurses alike by their first names, if they choose.
Annette, LPN from Massachusetts
[This message has been edited by AnnetteLPN (edited February 08, 2001).]