Have you ever been mistaken for a doctor? - page 5

So, I have heard some stories of female doctors being mistaken for nurses...so I was wondering this: have you, as a male nurse, been mistaken for a doctor?... Read More

  1. by   puravidaLV
    no but I mistake doctors for phlebotomists.
  2. by   applewhitern
    Here in the deep south, if you are male, you are the doctor. If you are female, you are the nurse. Patients also see no difference between an actual nurse and a nursing assistant. To be fair, a lot of male nurses, respiratory personnel, radiology personnel, etc., wear white jackets. Some medical personnel simply do not know that the length of the white jacket signifies whether they are a medical student, mid-level practitioner, or a doctor, so if you wear a white jacket, that accounts for some of the confusion. I have had patients claim the "doctor" gave them their breathing treatment, took their chest xray, etc.
  3. by   OldDude
    Quote from puravidaLV
    no but I mistake doctors for phlebotomists.
    This reminded me when I worked in the ER and would have trouble getting an IV. The frustrated parent would occasionally say, "Why don't you get the doctor to do it." My response, "the doctor is the LAST person you'd want to try!"
  4. by   Texasnative
    I cannot wait to be a nurse. I have been in surgical sales for 20 plus years and work in scrubs and always called "DOC". I would rather be a nurse who has compassion, ethics, and affinity for patients and their families. Nurses are GREAT!
  5. by   Jasel
    Quote from Jasel
    I've been a nurse 4 1/2 months and am only 26. It's happened at least 8 or 9 times.
    7 years later it doesn't happen as frequently but now I work in the ER and I usually have an RN badge buddy which I didn't have back then, even as an LPN. Still happens every now and then though even with the badge.