I'm also a hospice RN in ATL. I go into apartment buildings with elevators, ALFs, and all other kinds of facilities where anyone can read my nametag (which is required to be worn at all times). I've had people in elevators ask me how their neighbor is doing, etc. (and give the standard "I'm sorry, but you'll have to ask XX." I have window stickers on my car that say I'm a member of STTI, and a member of the Iowa Alumni Association. I'm proud of who I am and what I do. However, I don't need a bumper sticker to advertise the fact that a nurse is visiting the patient -- it is the scrubs
, the white lab coat, the assessment bag, supplies I'm trying to discretely carry into the patient's home, the minimum once weekly visits, and darn it, that clearly readable name tag, that gives it away (the visits from the DME vendor and deliveries from the palliative pharmacy don't hurt, either as giant flashing billboards "HOSPITAL BED DELIVERY!!!"). I'm a hospice nurse, and proud of it, and would probably (after recovering from the shock of one of my patients chastising me like that) very delicately and pleasantly point out those facts.
Hospice is a wonderful service, we provide comfort and reassurance when no one else can....but all in all, the old customer service adage is "the customer is always right" (uhhh, yeah [NOT]) - but we still have to mollify patients and their families.