Nicknames unprofessional? - page 2

by blackvans1234 10,320 Views | 47 Comments

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

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    Quote from psu_213
    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.
    Same here. Nicknames and Richie are fine.

    Unclear polls, however....
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    I mistakenly marked the wrong choice as I read the poll question wrongly. I don't think shortened names are unprofessional at all.
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14
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    I 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.
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    Add 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.
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    I 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.
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    Add 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.
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    I 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.

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    Our medical director has a hard to pronounce last name and encourages everyone from nurses to patients to call him Dr X(being the first letter of his last name)
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    I'm Kimberly, prefer to go by Kim, but everyone in my dept. calls me Kimbo. Why? I have no idea.
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    I'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 matter who's in front of them.....the DON was with me and they still did it.