Nicknames unprofessional? - page 2
Hello all, I figured I would make this a poll so I can see the results rather than scroll through many comments (however comments are appreciated also!) So my name is Richard, I am usually never called Richard, but usually... Read More
- 4Mar 2, '13 by hiddencatRNQuote from psu_213Same here. Nicknames and Richie are fine.I marked my vote incorrectly as well. The last line of the post asks "is my nickname Richie unprofessional?" So I answered "no" because I don't think it is. Then, after I submitted my vote, I realized the acutal poll question was "Are nicknames professional?" Even though I said no, I believe the are professional.
Unclear polls, however....
- 0Mar 2, '13 by KatieP86I mistakenly marked the wrong choice as I read the poll question wrongly. I don't think shortened names are unprofessional I don't think most nicknames are unprofessional, unless they are offensive. (example: being called Nurse of Death or Nurse Allitt because several patients of that one nurse passed away in a short time would definitely be offensive and unprofessional. Something like "Fluffy" is just plain weird and slightly unprofessional...) My real name is always shortened I even introduce myself to patients by it. They will often ask "is that short for (real name)?" as well.
- 2Mar 2, '13 by KelRN215I made the mistake with the poll as well because the question leading up to the poll was "is my nickname unprofessional?" which is the question I was answering when I clicked no.
I have never met a Richard who goes by "Richard". Heck, our last Vice President went by "Dick" in his professional life.
I worked with many Jennifers and Jessicas, none of whom ever went by their full name. Same with other names like Deborah, Judith, Cecilia. I worked with surgeons who were Ed and Ben as opposed to Edward and Benjamin. Again, just names that almost everyone with that name uses a nickname. I see nothing wrong with nicknames as long as they're not completely outrageous... Like, if your nickname is "Cookie", I don't know that I'd go by that at work, but Rich for Richard is perfectly fine.
- 0Mar 2, '13 by RunnerRN2b2014Add me to the "I read the poll question incorrectly" list. In my family we have a James who goes by Jim, a Richard who goes by Dick (some people call him Rich), and 2 Stevens who both go by Steve. I don't even consider those nicknames -- they're derivatives of their given names.
- 0Mar 2, '13 by LadyFree28I voted wrong as well. They are professional.
I have been going by my "healthcare nickname" for twelve-thirteen years...they either call me by my first name or the nickname; they are interchangeable, because my nickname is the meaning of my name. No issues.
I like my "healthcare nickname" so much, it crossed into my personal life about five years ago. It fits me and my personality professionally and personally.
- 0Mar 2, '13 by sharpeimom GuideAdd me to the "answered the poll wrong" group. I see noting at all wrong with nicknames at work unless they're hurtful or embarrassing.
I was named for my Great Grandmother, who was Katherine, but she was called "Kit." At various times in my life, I have been Kit, Katie, and Kathy. I answer to any of them. This many years later, when I hear "Katherine...", I think of my fifth grade teacher and wonder what I've done wrong this time. I've had all the above versions on my nametag.
- 1Mar 2, '13 by Spidey's mom GuideI read the question in the poll box so I think I answered correctly - yes, shortened names or nicknames are professional.
To the OP - you probably got that comment from someone who also thinks women over 40 should have short hair, not long hair.
- 0Mar 2, '13 by Rhi007I'm called 'trouble' by close nursing friends and the orderlies mainly due to the fact of my history at the hospital as a patient (many presentations) the radiographers/radiologists I'm close with call me darling, Hun, possum or sweetie....no matter who's in front of them.....the DON was with me and they still did it.