Nursing a headache over the ‘Dr.’ title

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    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/li...r-title/nWg5X/

    This is an article about how the AMA is pushing a couple bills that would make it a felony for DNP's to not tell their patients explicitly that they do not hold a medical doctorate. I think a felony is going a little overboard, especially since (as the article goes on to mention), other doctorates (optometrists, podiatrists) are not held to the same standard as DNP's.
    SoldierNurse22 likes this.

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    I think this is both stupid and indefensible. Is there going to be a physician in every room with every doctorally prepared NP ready to call the police?

    Heck, Im only an MSN prepared APN and many of my very poor, indigent, and veteran population call me doc. They are fully aware that Im not their physician but they call me that out of sense of respect. I cant imagine if I must continually explain that Im not a physician.
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    If it happens, we should retaliate by making it a felony for any physician practice to allow their staff to refer to themselves as "nurses" when they are not really LPN's or RN's. Physicians who refer to their non-nurse employees as "nurses" should definitely be punished.

    I agree with the posters above, too. It's ridiculous for a lot of reasons.
    SoldierNurse22, elkpark, and PureLifeRN like this.
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    Quote from traumaRUs
    Heck, Im only an MSN prepared APN and many of my very poor, indigent, and veteran population call me doc. They are fully aware that Im not their physician but they call me that out of sense of respect. I cant imagine if I must continually explain that Im not a physician.
    I have a client now who always greets me with, "Hi, Doc!" I can't count how many times I've explained to him I'm a nurse, not a physician -- I finally stopped repeating the explanation after he said (more than once), "I get it, I know you're a nurse, I just like calling you 'Doc'."
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    Not that this has anything to do with anything, and not trying to hijack the thread, I just read over the article and was amused to see one of the comments has a reference to the news stories about the "nurse" not doing CPR on the elderly woman in CA. Small world, isn't it?

    And, once again, none of this would be an issue if physicians didn't insist on acting like they own the term "doctor," instead of referring to themselves as "physicians," which is actually the more correct term.
    SoldierNurse22 likes this.


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