Being called "Nurse". - page 3

I'm curious as to how people here feel about being called "Nurse" rather than by their name. For me, I'm not bothered when a patient calls me "Nurse" but when a doctor calls me "Nurse" I feel... Read More

  1. by   NurseApryl
    I don't mind patient's calling me "nurse", but yes, it does bother me a bit when a doctor does. When I address any doctor, I say "Dr. Smith", not just "Doctor". Some of the nurses call a few doctors by their first names, which seems a little weird to me. I worked side by side with a doctor in his office for about 5 years, and I never addressed him by his first name.
  2. by   Ruby Vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]i work in a teaching hospital, and first names are the norm -- except when i'm talking about a physician to a patient. "dr. smith is with another patient right now, he'll be with you as soon as he can." and to the physician, it would be "john."

    every year some idiot intern will tell the nursing staff that his first name is "doctor." and i reply that he can call me "mrs. vee." and every year we call the paging operator to get his first name, and then use it every chance we get until he capitulates and begins introducing himself as "dick" rather than "dr. doe." in the icus where i've worked, calling an intern "doctor" is a sign that either he's seriously annoyed us or he's about to make some really big error. (as in "are you sure you really want to do that, doctor?")

    as far as my patients calling me "nurse" that irritates me, too. if it's someone who's obviously a little confused or out of it in some way, ok. if i'm one of several nurses helping a colleague to reposition her patient, ok. but if this is my third twelve-hour shift in a row with you and i've introduced myself approximately 35 times already, use my name, dammit!
  3. by   PsychRN-Kris
    Quote from bethem
    I really, really hate hearing "Nuuuuuuuuuuuursssssse....." - it just comes out so whiny.
    I hear you on that one! Especially when it's in a high shrilley voice and like every 10 minutes. I know it's part of nursing, but it doesn't mean it can't be annoying some days.
  4. by   ZootRN
    I am quire proud of my title, and don't mind being called "nurse"
    by the patient. Doctors never call me like that, only by first name. It irritates me when they introduce themselves "Dr Soandso", and you have nothing to respond except your first name, but that's different story. I was never offered by the doctor to be on a first name basis, except for my PCP, but again he was my friend before he became my doctor.
  5. by   sissyboo
    I'm not a nurse (yet!)...but as a CNA I have been referred to as "nurse" several times. Everyone who wears scrubs IS a nurse, right? LOL...

    I correct people when they refer to me as their nurse--"I'm the nurse's aide, your nurse is _______."
  6. by   Trophywife81
    Personally, I look forward to being able to be called "nurse". Also, I don't believe any MD would be offended by being addressed as "Dr. (last name"); why should we be offended to be called "Nurse (last name")? That is our title, after all.

    Just my two cents.
  7. by   AliRae
    I get "nurse" fairly often. It doesn't so much bother me, except, as Ruby said, when it's my umpteenth shift with the SAME KID and the mother STILL doesn't bother to know my name. And also, we're to the point where she's asked me to call her by her first name. I just wish she'd take a minute to remember mine!

    When I was in Zambia, I was called sister, but it bothered me not at all, especially since no one could quite pronounce my first name ... when then tried, it always came out as "Sister Harrison"! (My mum stills calls me that to this day...)
  8. by   kittagirl
    Actually my 'official' title the one on my contract is Nursing Sister.
    It's still quite common over here in the UK and in Ireland.
    It harks back to the time (medieval) when all health care was provided by religious orders
  9. by   crissrn27
    Quote from sissyboo
    I'm not a nurse (yet!)...but as a CNA I have been referred to as "nurse" several times. Everyone who wears scrubs IS a nurse, right? LOL...

    I correct people when they refer to me as their nurse--"I'm the nurse's aide, your nurse is _______."
    Good for you Patients need to know "who's who" in health care. It does get confusing with all the different scrubs and how are they gonna know if you don't tell them? I've seen so many not do introductions or corrections.
  10. by   scizzerin
    I don't care, except that I'm not a nurse yet! For some reason, pt's think I'm a 'real nurse', but I'll correct them with, "No, I'm your tech but I can get So-snd-so for you, who's your nurse."
  11. by   RNsRWe
    Do I mind? beats "hey you"
  12. by   gt4everpn
    Doesn't really matter to me, I mean after all I am a nurse , on the flip side when I'm in a uniform and people on the street say ''oh nurse'', thats annoying.!
  13. by   Ophelia78
    I don't mind being called "Nurse" by a patient- I'm proud of that title! Never had a doc call me "nurse" yet, but if the time comes, I don't think it would bother me...