does your facility allow you to have designations other than rn on your name badge (such as rn, bsn/ rn, ccrn etc.)? our hospital does not allow this and it is a thorn in the side of some of the rn's i work with. there are a couple of nurses i know who have gone to hr and were able to sweet talked someone into making them a name badge with all the designations on it. one in particular was a new grad, hired the same time as 2 other new grads, who insisted that her name badge read "rn, bsn" and was able to have it changed.
now, all the new grads in our icu are bsn's because that's hospital hiring policy. the 2 other bsn new grads went to hr to have their name badges changed also, but weren't so lucky and were told "no" regarding additional designations. so . . .they went out and bought gold "bsn" tack pins and tacked the "bsn" pins onto their name badges (we aren't suppose to tack any pins onto our badges either).
personally, i know i'm a bsn and i'm not concerned about having all the initials after my name. actually because i have two bachelors degrees i guess i could use bs biology, rn, bsn . . .now that would really confuse 'em!
yet, there are others who think it is unfair not to recognize nursing educational achievements such as ccrn or cnrn etc. on the name badge.
Aug 18, '06
I'm not a nurse, and I know that BSN is a difficult major, and that BSN nurses are proud of their degrees and rightly so. But I can't think of another industry where people feel the need to flaunt a four-year degree. I don't think patients really care, so who is this for and what is it about? Is it because people feel that it's a way to advocate for BSN as entry (which I support, despite being an ADN student, heh heh)? I'm not criticising, I'm just trying to understand...
Last edit by firstyearstudent on Aug 18, '06