Does your hospital or facility badge include your credentials?

  1. In my current staff nurse RN position my badge says Maggie and underneath my name it says nurse in lower case letters. Not even RN, just 'nurse'. We have several excellent night shift LPNs on Med Surg and my badge is identical to theirs. I don't mean to sound elitist it's just that we are in different roles.

    (Please don't dogpile on me for mentioning the LPNs ok? They are my buddies. This is about badges not who is a better nurse.)

    At first I thought 'whatever.' The hospital management made a statement that they are opposed to having "cv information" on hospital id badges.

    My credentials are BSN, CCRN. My department is MICU.

    I'm curious if this is happening in other hospitals because I just dont get it. I dont want the badges to say AA or AS RN, that is unnecessary. But RN would certainly be reassuring to the pts. If I'm sick I would be thankful to see that CCRN or CEN or CNOR on my nurse's badge. It represents competence and a commitment to continuing education.

    Any thoughts?
    Last edit by icuRNmaggie on Jul 7, '14
  2. 104 Comments

  3. by   Whispera
    Do management's badges say, "Maggie," with "manager" under that?
  4. by   jrost80RNBSN
    It should, my badge has RN, BSN behind my name.
  5. by   icuRNmaggie
    Quote from Whispera
    Do management's badges say, "Maggie," with "manager" under that?
    My manager does not wear a badge.
    The shift supervisors badges are the same as mine.
  6. by   imapsychrn
    I'm almost positive my manager's badge says "unit manager" on it. All the managers do. I agree with OP. I would want recognized for my extra work!
  7. by   emtb2rn
    My facility does, so my ID has:

    Plus we have a laminated card that hangs below our ID that has RN in large letters. And I still get addressed as "doctor".....
  8. by   melizerd
    Mine says RN in big letters red outline white letters.

    Managers say manager, or educators.

    Nothing about BSN or MSN on the floor nurses, some of the managers/educators might.
  9. by   PMFB-RN
    My hospital has recently gone to a new badge. It only has our first & last names in very small letters and our picture. It is supposedly a smart badge. We use it to log into our computers and security can swipe it and find out lots of stuff of stuff about us, like where we work and what car in the parking lot is ours. Underneath these badges we have a large plastic tab that says RN or LPN or NA, or whatever. I like it. It is very easy to tell who is who and our patients like ti very much since it makes it very easy for them to determine who is a nurse and who isn't.
  10. by   MunoRN
    Our badges have our name and our legal title (RN, LPN, etc), and I do agree your badge should differentiate between LPN and RN since those are two different roles legally speaking and titles that should be transparent to patients.
    We intentionally don't include credentials, level of schooling, etc. The first reason is that it serves no real purpose; the vast majority of patients will have no idea what RN BSN CCRN PCCN means, it's just a bunch of gibberish as far as they are concerned. The second is a perception issue. It makes it appear as though we feel the title RN needs to augmented with a bunch of letters to make us seem more legitimate, there's nothing about "RN" to be ashamed of.
  11. by   Here.I.Stand
    Mine says "staff nurse, surgical intensive care unit" under my picture and name, and then "RN" in big red letters on the side.
  12. by   klone
    Mine says RN and my title (Charge Nurse). It doesn't say my certifications or degrees, nor would I want it to.
  13. by   BostonFNP
    Mine says "BostonFNP, CRNP" and under it "Internal Medicine, Clinical Staff". Most patients don't understand it.
  14. by   CTRN'11
    My badge says my first name, RN and another card behind it that said registered nurse. I would like my credentials on it. I spent a lot of time and hardwork on my BSN so why not show that?