Is it offensive?

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    First 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!
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    Not 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.
    BCgradnurse, PC0229, and traumaRUs like this.
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    Not offensive at all. I introduce myself by my first name, but many of my patients call me Dr. LastName anyway. I correct them the first few times, then give up. I've been called much, much worse.
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    I 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.
    BCgradnurse, lhflanurse, and PC0229 like this.
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    I have a lot of military veterans for pts and many know I'm a vet too so I get called doc a all above posters I correct the first few times then just go with the flow.
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    Floor 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.
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    I am called "that gal" or "the nurse", or "your nurse" all the time, NEVER do they mistake me for "doctor", even when I have my white lab coat on. But I always explain who I am, my title, and ask if they understand what a nurse practitioner is. However, my colleague, a male PA, gets called "Dr" all the time. He doesn't correct them (incidentally, I have my doctorate). I have to admit that it does bother me, but mainly because I feel it is sexest. I AM a nurse, so I don't mind that, but they look at me as the "assistant". I work quite autonomously, and do the exact same job as the male PA.