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by nomadcrna 7,401 Views | 41 Comments

I received an recruitment email from Delta Healthcare Providers. I replied and ask that the recruited please address me by my title in the future. I think we deserve professional respect. I was nice about it and said "please". :)... Read More


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    1. Become a NP first. Until you do your opinion does not count for much. No offense intended.
    2. NPs ARE called Dr. In the clinical setting. Not sure where you got this all encompassing erroneous information.
    3. Please re-read and employ some reading comprehension. It was not about being called by my first name it WAS about his reply.

    Quote from HumptyDumpty
    This is laughable... Seriously getting this bent out of shape because he called you by your first name instead of Dr.? APN's with doctorate degrees aren't called Dr. in the clinical setting, only the academic setting. This recruiter probably didn't even think twice about it.
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    Nomadcrna, NP's with masters degree are not called Dr. at all. Some facilities actually put it in signing that for no reason would you call yourself a physician or Dr. without the degree. Because you have a doctorate does not mean everyone would have one and if you weren't so hell bent on being called Dr. you would know this

    Most of the recruiters probably deal with NP's without a doctorate thereby calling for the letter without a title. Good for you to want to be called Dr. but as others have said there are several issues in the profession than this.
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    We are not talking about NPs with masters degrees. Please re-read the OP. Really?
    Once again, please become an NP so you at least understand the basics. Your replies show that you have no clue about our practice.
    In the states I practice in to include Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington and Arizona.
    There are no restrictions on being called Dr.
    A state and/or facility that has rules or laws against it are uncommon.
    Your post is difficult to understand. It seems you are saying "that for no reason would you call yourself a physician or Dr. without the degree". I assume you mean either MD or DO? What about podiatrists, dentists, chiropractors, optometrists and psychologists? They are an MD or DO.

    Now, once again. Can you please stay on topic and if you feel the need to respond. Respond about his REPLY. This thread is NOT about being called Dr. as we have many of those. This thread is about is reply when politely asked to address me by title.

    This is the position of the national NP organization.
    This issue has been debated among certain professional organizations. The AACN and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners have recommended that when using the title "doctor," one should follow it by his or her professional designation, for example, Dr. Smith, Nurse Midwife, or Dr. Jones, Nurse Practitioner. This will reduce confusion and aid to educate others about the educational preparation of nurses. It is the responsibility of both DNP graduates and nurse educators to appropriately educate others about the title "doctor" and the educational preparation of nurses (Chism, 2009).

    Will doctorally prepared NPs confuse the public?

    Doctor of Nursing Practice Frequently Asked Questions - Nursing - Catholic University of America - School of Nursing
    The title of Doctor is common to many disciplines and is not the domain of any one group of health professionals. Many NPs currently hold doctoral degrees and are frequently addressed as "doctors". Other health care providers are addressed as "doctor", including clinical psychologists, dentists, and podiatrists. APNs should retain their specialist titles after completing a doctoral program. For example, Nurse Practitioners will continue to be called Nurse Practitioners.


    Quote from honeykrown
    Nomadcrna, NP's with masters degree are not called Dr. at all. Some facilities actually put it in signing that for no reason would you call yourself a physician or Dr. without the degree. Because you have a doctorate does not mean everyone would have one and if you weren't so hell bent on being called Dr. you would know this

    Most of the recruiters probably deal with NP's without a doctorate thereby calling for the letter without a title. Good for you to want to be called Dr. but as others have said there are several issues in the profession than this.
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    WOW, I guess I am unable to comprehend what I am reading. You know what, you need to get off your high horse. Who cares that you spent an extra year doing some capstone project to get your DNP. Whoopdie doo, now you want to be called Dr. in the clinical setting?? What next, you expect to earn the same as a MD? I bet you couldn't even pass USMLE step 1. Seriously, this shouldn't be an issue.

    And your last article you posted is very biased towards the DNP. I have NEVER heard a pharmD, lawyer (JD), or even a physical therapist with a doctorate address themselves as Dr. in the clinical setting. Why should you?
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    [QUOTE="HumptyDumpty;7203349"
    I have NEVER heard a pharmD, lawyer (JD), or even a physical therapist with a doctorate address themselves as Dr. in the clinical setting. Why should you?[/QUOTE]




    ^I had a several high school teachers who had their doctorate, and we addressed them as doctor. My nieces' principal has a doctorate, we call her Dr.

    If ANYONE has their doctorate, they are to be addressed as DR, especially if they ask to. It is not exclusive to the medical doctor.

    OP, you have your doctorate, I will address you as Dr., no matter how misinformed or how people choose to pique at your response...even though your post was about the person who was recruiting you was flip. You do not have to deal with that. I get it.

    I'm not a NP, but either way, we are all entitled to respect, and if your are a Dr. (since this has started to be the main focus of this thread), you are entitled to be addressed as a Dr.

    The COO at my former job ALWAYS tells his story in how he wanted to be a Dr., it was because of his aunt...she was a APN who had her doctorate, as was addressed as Dr. This was in the 60s. He didn't learn until later that she had her nursing doctorate. His reply was "If I knew SOONER she was a Dr. of Nursing, I would've went the nursing route." Best story I heard about the respect of nurses, APNs and APNs who hold their doctorate.
    Last edit by LadyFree28 on Mar 2, '13
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    Quote from LadyFree28
    ^I had a several high school teachers who had their doctorate, and we addressed them as doctor. My nieces' principal has a doctorate, we call her Dr.

    If ANYONE has their doctorate, they are to be addressed as DR, especially if they ask to. It is not exclusive to the medical doctor.

    OP, you have your doctorate, I will address you as Dr., no matter how misinformed or how people choose to pique at your response...even though your post was about the person who was recruiting you was flip. You do not have to deal with that. I get it.

    I'm not a NP, but either way, we are all entitled to respect, and if your are a Dr. (since this has started to be the main focus of this thread), you are entitled to be addressed as a Dr.

    The COO at my former job ALWAYS tells his story in how he wanted to be a Dr., it was because of his aunt...she was a APN who had her doctorate, as was addressed as Dr. This was in the 60s. He didn't learn until later that she had her nursing doctorate. His reply was "If I knew SOONER she was a Dr. of Nursing, I would've went the nursing route." Best story I heard about the respect of nurses, APNs and APNs who hold their doctorate.
    You are of course free to address whom ever you like, however you like. In the non-clinical setting I agree it is perfectly fine to do so. But in the clinical setting it confuses Pt.s to no end. The fact that I am male, wear a lab coat, and have a stethoscope around my neck, confuses them enough.

    At the end of the day it is an ego issue. Earned, unearned, makes no difference. We are members of the most neurotic profession that I know of, except maybe social workers.

    So Ladyfree28, let me get this straight. A person you knew/know, respected his aunt. He thought she was a doctor. So he wanted to be a doctor. But didn't become a doctor. Then finds out she had a nursing doctorate, (which one? We have 5 or 6). Then laments not going into nursing.

    The inference I draw is the gentleman thought that becoming an MD was not achievable, but becoming a nurse with a doctorate would be achievable. Is that about the size of it? Hmmmm?
    Last edit by nursetim on Mar 2, '13
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    Quote from nursetim

    You are of course free to address whom ever you like, however you like. In the non-clinical setting I agree it is perfectly fine to do so. But in the clinical setting it confuses Pt.s to no end. The fact that I am male, wear a lab coat, and have a stethoscope around my neck, confuses them enough.

    At the end of the day it is an ego issue. Earned, unearned, makes no difference. We are members of the most neurotic profession that I know of, except maybe social workers.

    So Ladyfree28, let me get this straight. A person you knew/know, respected his aunt. He thought she was a doctor. So he wanted to be a doctor. But didn't become a doctor. Then finds out she had a nursing doctorate, (which one? We have 5 or 6). Then laments not going into nursing.

    The inference I draw is the gentleman thought that becoming an MD was not achievable, but becoming a nurse with a doctorate would be achievable. Is that about the size of it? Hmmmm?
    ^ My COO at the previous job is a Dr. A MD.

    My point is enlightening your pt is your choice. I had to do it as a LPN, when they asked. I did my elevator speech in 20 seconds. The same can go for a APN who prefers to be addressed as Dr. BECAUSE s/he has a doctorate.

    I like clarity. If you can deliver the clarity, then do so...If and when I'm in that position, I would like to he addressed as Dr. No ego, it is what it IS. If I am a doctor, then that is my title. Respect it as I call you sir or miss or madam. My patients confusion has always cleared up with a elevator speech of transparency, and focused on the care from there. They walked away aware and appreciative of the roles in nursing, and above all improved in their care or how to manage their care...nothing wrong with that.
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    I think it's the same if you call someone Miss and the correct you and say no I'm married pls address me as Mrs....what is wrong with correcting someone and having them call you by the correct title....the recruiter was rude and the OP has every right to ask to be called by Dr....they earned it...and it should not matter if its a DNP or PhD or EdD or MD or DO it was earned!

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    I'm an NP. I go by my first name. I am not a doctor. I don't expect to be referred to as such. In my state, calling yourself a doctor without the proper creds is frowned upon.
    That being said...the recruiting party likely took your reply as snarky and responded in kind. Do I agree? I can't say for certain, since I didn't view your actual correspondence with him. I can say that a polite request to use my title met with a basic "I'll call you whatever I like" response would probably have garnered a response in kind that isn't fit to print.
    Then again, I'm a touch brassier than most.
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    I just want to say that I've had only good experiences so far with Delta and the recruiters I've dealt with have been consistently professional, curteous and helpful. I suspect that whoever you corresponded with is getting some "retraining." Whether or not someone thinks it's silly for an APN to demand to be addressed as doctor, the response was over the top and completely unprofessional.
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