Are You Really a Nurse? - page 2

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  1. by   RN/WI
    It's as though no one understands the difference! I've heard patients say one of my nurses in reference to the C NA. The CNAs nowadays do not correct them either in most cases. Medical assistants try and take nursing credit as well. It's actually a federal crime as an act of fraud when they do not correct the patient and allow the paying consumer to believe they are being serviced by a registered nurse if they truly are not licensed as one! Thanks for putting this out there.
  2. by   crazy2
    I agree with your statement but I really hated when I was an LPN and people would ask are you an RN? when I said LPN they acted like that title was " Not" a real nurse still irks me.
  3. by   JerseyTomatoMDCrab
    This is so important, I wish everyone would read it. It's definitely dangerous and a little offensive to allow others to incorrectly assume you're a nurse. There was a unit secretary in the trauma center at my old hospital job who called herself a trauma nurse. BIIIIg leap there.

    When I was in college, one of my friends called the lady who drew her blood at the Red Cross blood drive a nurse. I corrected her and she went off on me, yelling "It's still an important job!!!" I mean, yes of course it is. But so is firefighter, dentist, garbage collector and veterinarian. We don't call those important people nurses, do we?
  4. by   jen9317
    I completely agree. I knew a lot of my classmates who did not pass the NCLEX exam but because they had graduated, still called themselves nurses. Another peeve of mine is when CNAS call themselves nurses because "It's in their name". So I've been told. They always want to be included in "Nurses" meetings.
  5. by   djh123
    I think it's important. Although in my nursing home/rehab place, I rarely correct a resident or their family member when they refer to a CNA as a 'nurse'.
  6. by   TruvyNurse
    Diploma, LVN, LPN, RN=NURSE
    MA, CNA, Techs=No
  7. by   travduck
    i thought you could be called nurse after taking exams but before receiving results and be employed as interim nurse until results received and license. issued.
    Nursing, recently very apparently. is under attack as a profession. many are calling themselves or allowing the designation. But far more perpernious and insidious is the chipping away at nursing from some of the offsprings of nursing uch as social workers who now state that nurses are "just" nurses and therefore are not licensed or capable of advising,educating, nor counseling patients; requirements for specialized. additional certification for which RN and in many cases LVN training and ability was necessary for graduation from school such as drawing blood, catheter insertion, IV starts, medication administration, even bathing patients. As an RN I find such extremely insulting. My education spanned more. than 12 years of schooling and I meet and greatly exceed CEU requiements routinely. Yet I find each of the last 10 years that nursing role and "ability" has schrunk as to basic practice, true while expanding. in other ways. Though, too many times our "expansion" has been to be handed clerking duties because we are "just"" nurses after all.
    Last edit by travduck on Dec 21, '16 : Reason: Computer errors in sending
  8. by   PANYNP
    The veterinary techs at my vet's office are referred to as "nurses".
    I asked the vets why this is - their mumbled incoherent logic for this amounted to the techs being "female helpers".

  9. by   CIRQL8
    I, too, believe that one should be a licensed RN or LP/VN in order to call oneself or be referred to as a nurse. But after almost 20 years of practice as a nurse and prior to that being a pharmacy technician I am accustomed to most anyone who is not an MD in the medical profession calling themselves a nurse. I have come to terms that without sweeping laws and changes this will not change. I will be happy so long as they don't sign any unearned credentials after their name. I earned my RN and I earned my CNOR. I am proud to use those credentials.
  10. by   Graduatenurse14
    Quote from JWG223
    Legally, yes, there can be issues. Personally? No. I don't care if Raggles the Wino huddled in the parking lot calls themselves a nurse. It doesn't make my job any harder, nor does it affect compensation for doing my job, so I don't care. I did not become a nurse to satisfy any aspect of ego.
    I agree with this and in the grand scheme of things, think that this line of thinking will help us keep our sanity more than fighting the truly good fight of who can/does call themselves a nurse. It doesn't affect anything about my job on a day to day basis but there are many, many things that do that management and healthcare regulatory bodies don't seem to care at all about.

    We need more non-nurse staff such as Aides, Transport, Dietary, Phlebotomists who are actually held accountable to do their jobs and have their job descriptions re-written to be more helpful to the nurses. I work at an urban, Level I Trauma Center with 800+ beds on a very busy med-surg (with more post-ops usually) unit with the typical ratio of 5:1 during the day and 6:1 at night. The lack of this type of help is what is causing huge turnover- including me! I'll be leaving as soon as I find something that's a good fit.
  11. by   sherri64
    Quote from Ellie G
    I know someone who was a BSN but failed boards multiple times. She would sign her notes as NT (nurse tech) BSN.
    I worked with an LPN who turned out to have never taken any state boards and she worked for a year! Two years later, her sister who claimed to be a BSN was also found not to have even finished the BSN program and also did not have a license. And she had been made a DON. It was a nightmare for the facility. And they both had felony records!! It was bad.
  12. by   riggy3
    Current practice in Pennsylvania an LPN or RN wears identification to clearly show LPN or RN this equates to licensure. Years ago we were not allowed to identify ourselves as an RN this was a gimmick by the hospital to pass off the assistants to the patients as Nurses. I remember going to legislators to get this change made.
    The only person who should be called a Nurse is the LPN or RN. I worked hard for my BSN, MSN, RN. I encourage all nurses to speak up when someone misrepresents themselves. Nurse aides, CNA and Medical Assistants are not not Nurses
  13. by   K8JAJ8
    I'm sorry, but I completely disagree. When Raggles the wino calls himself a nurse, it damages the reputation of your profession and the respect it demands. That not only makes your job harder, but it will affect your compensation when providers hire less qualified individuals because the patients can't tell the difference anyway.

    I worked too hard to call myself a nurse.