Is it offensive?
- 0Jul 7 by PC0229First off, I'm not a NP - I'm not even a RN yet - but I felt like this was the best place to ask my question. I just recently found out the woman who typically treats my daughter at our pediatrician's office is an NP. I've never noticed her credentials advertised on her lab coat and because she is so fantastic with my daughter, kind, and so good with quelling a worried Mother's fears (lol), I suppose I never thought to learn the nature of her licensure. So, to my question, because I'm positive that I have called this woman "doctor" innumerable times, is it offensive? Are you offended when you're called doctor?
Thanks in advance for responses!
- 3Jul 7 by elkparkNot at all, and she should have corrected you any time you did call her "doctor" (unless she has an earned doctorate, that is). I'm a CNS, not an NP, but I work in a large urban teaching hospital, my position requires me to wear the same white coat all the physicians do, and I'm frequently called "Doctor." No problem, and a perfectly honest and understandable mistake. I simple explain pleasantly that I'm not a physician, I'm a nurse, and move on with what I'm doing.
- 3Jul 7 by BostonFNPI so the same as the above posters. I introduce myself by my first name and I let patients know it's perfectly fine to call me that. Most then call me "doctor firstname".
I always correct them the first several times or until they tell me they are going to call me that regardless.
I find many patients simply use the term "doctor" because that's what they want to call the person that takes care of them.
- 0Jul 9 by PsychGuyFloor nurses get called doctor. Just about anybody who provides direct care gets called doctor at times. It's just a misconception people have that's exacerbated by clinic work and lab coat wearing. Fourteen years ago I took an EMT course mainly because I thought it'd be interesting and wanted something else to do at night. I didn't intend to work as one so I didn't buy a host of EMT equipment or clothes. That said, I did my hospital clinical time wearing business casual and lab coat. I got called doctor all the time even in that instance.