What is the correct title? - page 2

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Hello, I am a medical student about to graduate and start residency, and I have a question. I always felt it was rude for doctors to call a nurse by their first name, and before I start residency at a new hospital I wanted to ask... Read More


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    Make sure you say, "Hi, GrnTea, good to meet you. I'm Red."
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    I know one other way. I see it on the floor...you can say Miss, and their first name. Like " Hey Miss Nicole." Some nurses like that. It's a way of showing respect while also staying on a first name basis. I do that for nurses that have been around awhile.

    As time goes on, and you get to know the nurses, the first name is totally fine. A first name with be fine 99% of the time. If I over heard a lot of other people addressing someone as Miss Nicole, I did it too.

    But like what GrnTea said, it's good to introduce yourself. I hate it when someone that I have never met before comes up on says "So, what's up with this pt?" I don't know if you are a doc or an ortho tech with a lab coat. I end up having to look at the badge to see who they are and what specialty they are in and then, they usually end up having to say who they are, after after a brief awkward moment of looking at badges If I know you are nephrology from the beginning, I can give you the rundown from a nephro standpoint in a quick manner.
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    Quote from hodgieRN
    I know one other way. I see it on the floor...you can say Miss, and their first name. Like " Hey Miss Nicole." Some nurses like that. It's a way of showing respect while also staying on a first name basis. I do that for nurses that have been around awhile.
    I would not like that, actually, so I would not suggest doing that. I honestly just prefer the use of my first name.
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    The only place I've ever seen a doctor say "Nurse Smith" or "Nurse Perkins" is in really, really old movies.
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    You have such a good attitude. Being a Navy nurse I hardly know anyone's first name, as we call each other by rank and last name (i.e. LTJG Smith, CAPT Brown). All of our civilian employees we address as Ms. or Mr.
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    Quote from Redriver
    Hello, I am a medical student about to graduate and start residency, and I have a question. I always felt it was rude for doctors to call a nurse by their first name, and before I start residency at a new hospital I wanted to ask what the proper title is for an RN? Should I say "Nurse Smith?" or "Mr/Mrs Smith?" or something else? Its also frustrating to me that a lot of hospitals only display people's first name on their name badge, in this case would it be dumb to call someone Mr/Mrs/Ms John/Cindy etc .. or Nurse Cindy/John? I hate walking up to someone I don't know and calling them by their first name. I wanted to know if there was any convention in this case, and apart from that, what is the general nursing opinion. Thank you, and I'm sorry if I posted this in the wrong section.
    You are fine....and very considerate to ask. There night be certain parts of the country that have the respectful yes ma'am no ma'am...

    "Excuse me miss/ma'am/sir...but I don't know your name I'm Red/Dr Red and you're....." is a pretty neutral way of introducing your self. First names are usually used these days .... some facilities request the MD's to be called Doctor.....especially in front of the patient.

    I'm old school...you are Doctor in front of the patient and whatever you prefer in the nurses station.

    I think you are going to be a fine MD.
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    I think it's great that you came here to post this! I think the others have offered great suggestions/ideas.

    I would be fine with my first name. I have one doc that calls me Miss (First name) as well as the other nurses who are in my age bracket and older. The younger nurses who are more in his age bracke,t I've noticed, he calls by just their first name. Seems like a respect your elders sort of thing. It's fine with me, I am only in my mid 40's but quite a bit older than him.

    Whatever you call the nurses don't call them "YOU!" with a head nod. I have one particular doc who refers to any nurse as YOU...as in YOU (as he does a head nod in the direction of the YOU he's speaking AT) what's room 219's labs.

    I wish you the best of luck. If you keep that respect for the nurses, I'm sure you will be one of the favorites and have no issues.
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    It never hurts to just ask. I myself prefer "Goddess" .
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    I have no trouble being called Mrs. XXXXX, both in the academic setting and the clinical setting. I'm okay with my first name, but I've reached an age where students tend to call me Ms. XXXX or Dr.XXX, and I realize that it represents a certain respect. I am a little uncomfortable that physicians usually introduce themselves to patients as "Dr. YYYY", but nurses are always expected to be on a first name basis with patients. I always try to use titles with patients, unless they make it clear to me that first names are acceptable. You may guess that I am over 60
    Last edit by bookwormom on Mar 22, '13 : Reason: wording
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    Not a nurse, yet! But, in all of clinicals I have seen everyone on a first name basis. As I student I call the nurses Miss or Mr first name, out of respect, even if they are younger than me. In my mind they are elder in experience, ya know?
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