Why do nurses feel the need to put RN on their license plates?

  1. 0 I have always wondered why RN's need to display their title on their license plate? I have never seen a teacher, lawyer, accountant, librarian, coach, housekeeper, CNA/PCT, chef, mayor etc....... put this on their license plate. Seriously, I don't understand it. I usually see at least 2 a day. Is this just in my area or does this happen everywhere. I would like to know what it is about RN's that feel the need to announce it to everyone what they do? I understand we have all worked hard for our license but come on these other professions have worked just as hard if not more. I know there are more important things going on in the world but I just want some opinions on this.
  2. Visit  3dayRN profile page

    About 3dayRN

    From 'Florida'; Joined Mar '11; Posts: 122; Likes: 172.

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  3. Visit  nurse2033 profile page
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    Perhaps it's pride.
    poppycat, stefanyjoy, pblottRN, and 10 others like this.
  4. Visit  mehitabela profile page
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    So far I have seen MD, DD, LAWYR2, VETDOC, and of course RN. I have a bumper magnet on my car that says "proud to be a -insert hospital name here- nurse" because I AM proud of what I do!


    ( maybe the same reason your name tag is 3dayRN instead of brgrflipper) LOL!
    Last edit by mehitabela on Mar 18, '11 : Reason: Add humor
    Purple_roses, A&Ox6, poppycat, and 17 others like this.
  5. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Some people's careers are deeply intertwined in their identities. I am not one of these people.

    I act as an RN while I am at work. Once I clock out at the end of the shift, I'd prefer to not carry my work home with me. For me, nursing is not a higher calling from above. I view it as nothing more than a job and a means to an end.
  6. Visit  Flo. profile page
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    I have never seen one. Weird. I have seen MD, lawyer, judge, senator and mayor.
    A&Ox6 likes this.
  7. Visit  3dayRN profile page
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    Quote from mehitabela
    So far I have seen MD, DD, LAWYR2, VETDOC, and of course RN. I have a bumper magnet on my car that says "proud to be a -insert hospital name here- nurse" because I AM proud of what I do!


    ( maybe the same reason your name tag is 3dayRN instead of brgrflipper) LOL!

    If you notice this is a nursing site. This site has nursing students, NA/PCT's, LPN's etc.... So, that is the reason I put RN in my title. If this site was only for RN's then I would not identify myself as such. Now lets say I was on a gardening site, then I obviously wouldn't state that I was an RN. Like I have said before it's my job not my life.
    nursel56 likes this.
  8. Visit  eriksoln profile page
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    Ditto what Commuter said.

    There is a PT person at my apt. complex who advertises it on her plate. I always find it hilarious, considering that she is a tech. (transporter) not actually a physical therapist.

    I once wrote a check at the store and signed "(insert my name) RN". Oh, I was sick from it when I realized it. My friends were laughing and laughing cause I make fun of people who do that. Heck, I had worked like 6 days straight..........I wasn't in the right mind set.
  9. Visit  mehitabela profile page
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    Quote from 3dayRN
    If you notice this is a nursing site. This site has nursing students, NA/PCT's, LPN's etc.... So, that is the reason I put RN in my title. If this site was only for RN's then I would not identify myself as such. Now lets say I was on a gardening site, then I obviously wouldn't state that I was an RN. Like I have said before it's my job not my life.
    Whoa! Wasn't going for the jugular there, were ya! I DO, in fact, notice that this is, as you say, a nursing site. Did you notice that when someone assumes that a joke is made at their expense instead of in general and becomes very defensive that it makes them look a bit foolish? :redpinkhe
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Mar 18, '11 : Reason: quotation blocks
  10. Visit  dthfytr profile page
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    I had "DTHFYTR" when I was in Maine. Hey, if cops can be crime fighters, firemen firefighters, then why can't EMS and Emergency Room staff be death fighters? Also have seen, NOCODE, DFBRL8R, BBCTCHR, BONEDR, IRNRN.
    OCNRN63 likes this.
  11. Visit  KimberlyRN89 profile page
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    My mom used to have those RN plates about 10 years ago. But she got rid of them. Idk..I thought they were pretty nice.
    SandraCVRN likes this.
  12. Visit  Skips profile page
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    I've seen a teacher have a teacher type of license plate before. I can't remember what it said, though. I just know it was a teacher.
  13. Visit  MurrR profile page
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    I saw one that used to say Q2D PRN

    I thought it was kind of cute since she did home health care and drove that car to see all her patients.
  14. Visit  mehitabela profile page
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    I don't think having a vanity plate or personalized plate that's work related is an indicator of a person deeply entwined in nothing but work. Let's face it, it's a helluva lot easier to fit RN on a plate than it is to fit "woman with three awesome kids she adores who loves to hang out in the park and jam on her guitar". It's just a neat way to put a piece of yourself on your ride. I know there are nurses that only became nurses for the money but hopefully they are few and far between. No matter what you do...you should find joy and satisfaction in it...or what's the point?

    Money is and should be a factor...a single factor in deciding what you want to do...along with finding it interesting, stimulating, fun, etcetera. If you choose a career based solely on income, then every day becomes a grind, doesn't it? I mean, who wants to go do something they hate for 12 hours. If we worked with inanimate objects, I don't think it would matter so much but we work with sick people. If every day is a bad day cuz we just want to collect our cash and leave...how does that affect the way we treat our patients?
    Last edit by mehitabela on Mar 18, '11 : Reason: Final thoughts

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