Why nurses don't want to be identified in public? - page 9

by Mully

It's funny. I remember hearing nurses tell stories about being in the public and not wanting anyone to know that they are a nurse. I always thought that was strange, because I've always been so proud of being an RN. Throughout... Read More


  1. 3
    Quote from MotherRN
    It's not your duty as a nurse...its your duty as a human being.
    I see this from a different point of view. Part of my duty as a nurse is to provide services that are at least equivalent to the standard of practice in my community. This is rarely possible in a restaurant. There is no privacy, no other personnel to whom I can refer the enquirer, and no resources with which I can properly assess him or her. I would be providing substandard care, which could actually harm the patient. The best service I can offer this hypothetical individual is to refer him or her to the treating provider.
    gonzo1, adventure780, and hiddencatRN like this.
  2. 4
    Quote from Ruby Vee
    I think if you have a nice watch, you should WEAR it. If you have a nice ring, you should WEAR it. And if you own a beautiful bright red designer handbag, you should carry it. Life is too short to not use things because you're afraid something may happen to them. They can get stolen right out of your home, and then you won't have them. If we're talking about not wearing rings and watches because your hospital won't allow it, that's one thing. But not wearing them because you don't want to lose them or "something might happen to it" is something else again. Use your nice things and enjoy them! And don't let someone else's judging you interfere with the pleasure you take in it.
    I think this was posted on the wrong thread.
    DizzyLizzyNurse, aTOMicTom, Mully, and 1 other like this.
  3. 0
    Quote from ~*Stargazer*~
    I'm tiny, and I'm certain it'll be the 6 foot tall 300 pound man choking on his steak. I just know it. THAT's why I don't want to be identified as a nurse.
    This!!! Though for me, my triggers are (1) kids coughing (2) old people (sorry, 'the elders') with an unsteady gait. Makes me hold my breath every time...

    **I have developed great respiratory reserve


    Also, this is where I thought the story was going when OP said:
    This is when it happened. A flash of fear fell over my body as I realized that I was the only one looking at him...
  4. 2
    Quote from Mully
    I began collecting bits of information to attempt to analyze the situation.

    1. Did this man know the waitress, thereby being contextually appropriate in his depressing update on his mother's condition?

    - Based on some body language cues and the lack of eye contact, I don't think so. These waitresses know all of their regulars by name, and she didn't address him as such.

    2. Did the waitress know his mother, somehow then making his comment relevant?
    - It would stand to reason if the answer to question 1 is no, then this one's answer is no as well.

    3. If they truly did just meet and their relationship is strictly waitress/patron, then how will the waitress respond to this blunt, and relatively out-of-place, oddly intimate retort?

    I looked up to see what she'd say. She had already had her back turned by the time he finished saying it, and was hastily preparing other people's breakfast items. It dawned on me that she may not have heard him.
    Mully-

    I get that the part I quoted you on was not truly your focus for this article--based at least on the majority of the comments received. However, I, for one, thoroughly adored this running dialoge that feels a lot like a Nursing Assessment.

    I'm about a year into nursing, too, and I've found that this whole Thinking-Like-a-Nurse thing is becoming more and more second nature--as it seems it has for you, per your in depth, yet instant, analysis of the man/waitress interaction. It's a part of nursing, I've found, that really doesn't leave you, whether you're off a shift and still wearing your scrubs + badge (+ clogs + stethoscope + pen light + .... ), or not.

    Thanks for the great piece!
    Mully and adventure780 like this.
  5. 1
    In my first couple of weeks of nursing school we were warned of the legal liabilities once we identify ourselves as a nurse. Our legal instructor warned us more than once about giving unsolicited and/or solicited advice to relatives, friends, strangers. Speaking only for myself, I would give great thought to responding in an "off the clock, non-workman's comp" situation unless it was a life or death situation/ emergency.
    adventure780 likes this.
  6. 1
    That is an awesome story. Before I go into grocery stores the first thing I do is take off on name badge or put on a jacket to cover my scrubs. All because I hate getting asked the same questions over and over "Are you a nurse? Where do you work? Was school hard?" Or you get to hear the random story about how that particular person could never be a nurse blah, blah, blah. So, I definitely understand your pain.
    adventure780 likes this.
  7. 1
    Great story and I definitely agree with the other posts about the title change by the moderator being a bad idea.

    The original title was exactly that, original.

    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
    Mully likes this.


Top