I introduce myself w/my first name, call pt his/her last name, and ask what he/she wants to be called. Mind you, this is when meeting pt rolling thru the door for a heart cath or interventional radiology procedure. When you really need the pts attention, they respond better to the name they're comfortable with, which is usually the first name. Or nickname. Try and wake me up with "Mrs. H--------." I won't respond!! And I don't assume that the first name on the chart is the name the pt goes by; I tell pts I don't want to call them the name that only their mom called them by, when they were in trouble!
Also, I want to create the atmosphere that the pt is a member of the team, and we are all focussed on working together to "find out what's going on." The pt IS a guest in my area ("home," if you will) but I want him/her to be welcomed and feel secure that we have his/her best interests in mind at all times. That's why we explain what we're doing as we do it (no surprises), and frequently check w/pt during the case to inquire about pain, comfort, and reinforce that what we're doing is what we'd prepared pt for.
AAAKKK! Got off track again!! Forgive hijacking! And now, back to our original subject (
(BTW, I like Supreme Wise One, but I do have too much respect for our Cardiologists and Radiologists, who are really great people, to be calling ME the Supreme Wise One. They have SO much more knowledge than I!! Just MHO)