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....
- 2Mar 2, '13 by KelRN215, BSN, RNI 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, ADN, BSN, RN 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.