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Expectations when addressing physicians across the country

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labordude has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in L&D, OBED, NICU, Lactation.

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To prevent confusion as the only reason. Everyone dresses so similar now adays. 
lots of np and pa running around it’s hard for patients to know who the dr is or isnt

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Swellz has 6 years experience and specializes in oncology, MS/tele/stepdown.

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2 minutes ago, Tegridy said:

To prevent confusion as the only reason. Everyone dresses so similar now adays. 
lots of np and pa running around it’s hard for patients to know who the dr is or isnt

I was just going to say this. Forget NPs and PAs - all of our nursing AODs, the case managers, and the social workers wear white coats now. I think its important for a patient to know who is who.

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3 minutes ago, Swellz said:

I was just going to say this. Forget NPs and PAs - all of our nursing AODs, the case managers, and the social workers wear white coats now. I think its important for a patient to know who is who.

Yeah lol everyone has one which is fine just can make things confusing. I think people more wear then for pockets and warmth than for style

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labordude has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in L&D, OBED, NICU, Lactation.

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1 minute ago, Swellz said:

I was just going to say this. Forget NPs and PAs - all of our nursing AODs, the case managers, and the social workers wear white coats now. I think its important for a patient to know who is who.

 

4 minutes ago, Tegridy said:

To prevent confusion as the only reason. Everyone dresses so similar now adays. 
lots of np and pa running around it’s hard for patients to know who the dr is or isnt

This is sort of moving away from my original line of questioning but I do understand that patients need to know what role each person plays. That being said, this information can be conveyed in multiple ways. "This is Dr. Jane Smith" and "This is Jane Smith, your Doctor" are equally as effective, but multiple factors influence what language we use particularly with patients.

I was focusing more on a 1:1 discussion with a provider and how your local environment impacts what you may call them.

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2 minutes ago, labordude said:

 

This is sort of moving away from my original line of questioning but I do understand that patients need to know what role each person plays. That being said, this information can be conveyed in multiple ways. "This is Dr. Jane Smith" and "This is Jane Smith, your Doctor" are equally as effective, but multiple factors influence what language we use particularly with patients.

I was focusing more on a 1:1 discussion with a provider and how your local environment impacts what you may call them.

I never thought it mattered that much as long as they know who is who in how it is said. For staff to staff communication I don’t think it matters as long as everyone is respectful and information is properly conveyed. Healthcare has a million problems and who gets called doctor among staff isn’t one

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labordude has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in L&D, OBED, NICU, Lactation.

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8 minutes ago, Tegridy said:

I never thought it mattered that much as long as they know who is who in how it is said. For staff to staff communication I don’t think it matters as long as everyone is respectful and information is properly conveyed. Healthcare has a million problems and who gets called doctor among staff isn’t one

You must not have worked somewhere where if you don't address a provider as "Doctor" you get a talking to from the leadership. Though in my experience, it's been very regional, particularly the south. 

I agree that in and of itself, it's not an issue, it's a symptom of a larger problem within the system. 

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16 minutes ago, labordude said:

You must not have worked somewhere where if you don't address a provider as "Doctor" you get a talking to from the leadership. Though in my experience, it's been very regional, particularly the south. 

I agree that in and of itself, it's not an issue, it's a symptom of a larger problem within the system. 
 

I usually just called them doctor never got to know most of them enough to call them first name basis. And usually I didn’t even know their first name lol!

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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I've worked in South Texas and Southern California and have always a addressed doctors as "Doctor". If I'm very friendly with them, I might call them "Doc", but that's about as informal as I get. They typically call me by first name.

I've never worked with student doctors.

 

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I haven't noticed doctors having jack to do with any of the problems I care about.

I call them doctor because I want to for my own reasons. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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I am in New England and the doctors are “Dr Lastname” and everyone else is Firstname. However I think it has to do more with age than location. For whatever reason, every one of our doctors is approaching retirement age. I think that impacts their expectations— one of them even refers to me as “Nurse (firstname)” which I find adorable. 

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Oh, and when I first started I called the APRNs “Miss LastName” but now that we have a friendly relationship I call them Firstname. 

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Serhilda is a ADN, RN and specializes in Cardiac Telemetry, Emergency Department.

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I agree, it's cultural. I just moved from Texas to the Northeast and noticed the exact same thing. It's very strange to use a physician's first name but alright. When in Rome.

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