Nicknames unprofessional? - page 4

by blackvans1234 9,839 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 blackvans1234
    Well the poll was inconclusive LOL

    I've (We've) learned two things from this thread

    1) I can't make a clear poll
    2) Nicknames are fine as long as they're not outrageous, as in sugar lips, hot bunz (hot buns would be acceptable).

    I filled out the form at the nametag store and asked the woman if that's how it would appear on my name tag, she said yes. I asked if I could change it, she asked what I would change it to, so I told her Richie. She then went on the ''unprofessional tangent''.

    I was curious and asked my clinical instructor her opinion, and she voted unprofessional. However without prompting, she wouldn't have had an opinion (three months in and she hasn't said anything)
    I would say that on your nametag or badge it should say Richard and not Richie because its your formal identification but I see nothing wrong with having your colleagues and patients call you Richie. For example, my name is Christopher and that is what my work badges say but my colleagues and patients call me Chris and that's what I write on the whiteboards in my patient's rooms.

    !Chris
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    I would never want to be called by my real name. I would be surprised if I responded given it has been years since people have referred to me as Amanda. I would feel uncomfortable and my work might suffer due to the confusion. I think people should be called what they want regardless.
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    Quote from blackvans1234
    Well the poll was inconclusive LOL

    I've (We've) learned two things from this thread

    1) I can't make a clear poll
    2) Nicknames are fine as long as they're not outrageous, as in sugar lips, hot bunz (hot buns would be acceptable).

    I filled out the form at the nametag store and asked the woman if that's how it would appear on my name tag, she said yes. I asked if I could change it, she asked what I would change it to, so I told her Richie. She then went on the ''unprofessional tangent''.

    I was curious and asked my clinical instructor her opinion, and she voted unprofessional. However without prompting, she wouldn't have had an opinion (three months in and she hasn't said anything)
    Your instructor I hope meant less desirable nicknames and not shortened versions of given names. I know some pretty well placed administrators that use their "nickname and they are extremely successful. I a Margaret....who goes by Marty. A Katherine that goes by Kitty. Several Christine's that go by Christi, Chris, Chrissy, and Tina. Kathleen's that goes by Katie, Kathy, and Kath.

    The list goes on...if it's tasteful then it is fine. However professional correspondence should be your given name. I know of a few very successful professionals that actually place their "nicknames" on their business cards for no one knows their given names.
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    People call me the diminutive form of my name at work (think "Calie" instead of Calabria, if that helps for a comparison). And I hate the diminutive form of my name. It makes me feel like I'm 5 years-old, and that I'm (consequently) being looked down upon. The only person allowed to use it is my mother.

    I've just started to not answer them if they continue doing it, even after I've asked them to stop.
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    Tell her to shove it!
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    Nothing wrong with it. A very few close friends call me by my nickname, derived from my last name (Party of course), but
    most people call at work and school call me Wrench.
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    Didn't vote in the poll but I agree with the consensus that as long as the name is not super weird or offensive, it should be okay.

    My given name is very long and hard to pronounce, so I usually just give the patients a nickname some of my family members gave me when I was a kid. I'm still a student, but I of course plan on having all official documentation with my given name and just have the patients and coworkers call me by my nickname.
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    I also put No, I too thought you were asking if it was wrong to be called those names. (Sorry) I think you should be called whatever you want! Do you Richie!!

    My given name is what people would consider a nickname. For example "Johnny" or "Tommy" Those are not my name of course, but you get what I'm saying, people often ask what is that short for? Its not short for anything, that is my name. Several people over the years have suggested I go by my given name not knowing that is my given name and I like it. I do not appreciate people judging what my Mother named me and suggesting I go by something else but I just let it go. We all know what they say about opinions....
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    People always shorten my name and I'm fine with that. I use my full name in business correspondence. Otherwise, I shorten it as well. No biggie.
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    Quote from melissakc12
    I don't see what is wrong with a nickname unless it is something like Spike I don't see how a company would make you change your name, just choose what you are most comfortable with!
    I work with a nurse who wears her hair spiky, and she had all her little elders call her that -- Spiky. They always remember it!


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