nurse rights - page 3

by nursetana

I have a question. I am a home care nurse. our name tags have our first names only for our safety. Does an employer or coworkers have to right to give a patient my full name? Main issue is we just switched computer programs and... Read More


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    Quote from Sweet_Wild_Rose
    Hence, why only staff in the ER and psych are the only ones without their last name on their badges.


    And I have to provide my full name if a patient asks for it, as even psych patients have the legal right to know who is caring for them.

    Most don't ask what my last name is. Occasionally one does, and I give it. Though it seems like a moot point at times--my full name is all over the admission/discharge/whatever paperwork that I sign and which they get copies of.
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    I'm posting this story from 2010 not to depress, but to point out the risk is real, and should anyone blow the risk off as just theoretical, or if anyone has need to gather info to lobby for increased safety measures of all kinds in the work environment.

    Home Care Nurse Shot and Killed on the Job in Detroit
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    Quote from nursel56
    As nurses we have to be proactive about our own safety, especially in home care. That means being hyper-vigilant and not ignoring any potential threat from the client, family or other people you encounter in the home.
    I work in a large ED where we regularly get psych holds (like at least once per week I have at least one psych pt and at least once per month I have a whole pod full of them) and prisoners, as well as gang bangers as well as all the other folks.

    I really try to be nonconfrontational and helpful but sometimes...

    I had a patient demand to know my last name and even try to grab my name badge off my shirt... ended up backing me down the hallway, jamming their finger at me, accusing me of being a child molester before the cops showed up...

    Another one, a parolee on meth, also on a hold, started acting very weird and when I said, "Is there anything I can do for you?" responded, "No, you've done enough... yeah, you've really done it... done it now..."

    Or the guy who got hauled away after I called his PO... at his request, of course... yelling and screaming...

    Or the guy who said, "You and me are starting to have a real problem... you better call security..."

    Or...

    No f-ing way I want my last name any more available than it already is... I've obscured it off my badge, in complete violation of company policy.
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    Just because I need to be licensed doesn't mean that patients need to be able to see my license. They are free to seek care elsewhere.

    Speaking from my heart, of course... for 25 cents per page, the pt can get a copy of their visit summary and see my full name.

    Kinda tempted to change it to Smith or Jones.
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    Quote from Palm Harbor Mom:
    "Here in Florida, anyone can look up a nurses' name and address on the FL Board of Nursing's website. They also able to see the status of your license and file a complaint online. The information in our license such as name and address are considered part of the public record."

    The FL Board does have a spot for "Address of Record" which is available to the public on-line, however I have never used my home address in that field. I always use my employer's address, and have never received any grief about it. At renewal time, the reminders come to me at my home address, so no problem with stuff getting stuck in the mailroom.

    I suggest that all FL-licensed nurses go to the website and update their "Address of Record" immediately...we can never be too safe!
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    Quote from suer32257


    The FL Board does have a spot for "Address of Record" which is available to the public on-line, however I have never used my home address in that field. I always use my employer's address, and have never received any grief about it. At renewal time, the reminders come to me at my home address, so no problem with stuff getting stuck in the mailroom.

    I suggest that all FL-licensed nurses go to the website and update their "Address of Record" immediately...we can never be too safe!
    Great suggestion! I could not believe it when I found out about the addresses being posted... that it until I checked out the website and was amazed. Changing the "Address of Record" to our employers address will at least keep the creepers from showing up on your doorstep!
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