1. let me begin by stating the following, this has only happened to me once... and so it goes, i was rushing to my work when the flash-lights of the patrol-car came into view in my rear-view mirror. needless to say i thought "s*## now i'm gonna be late for sure" i pulled out my i.d. and registration before the officer asked as i heard him say "doc, did you realized you were doing 80 on a 65 speed zone, are you in some kind of hurry or something? i said "i'm going to work sir, my apologies for speeding i"... he then interrupted me by saying "are you going to st.joseph's hosp.?" i said "yes" he then said "well doc, i'll give you an escort since i'm headed that way and step on it" before i could say anything he got in his car... i think since i was wearing my scrubs and had my stethoscope around my neck he assume that i was a physician... therefore, i'm guilty for not correcting him on my line of question is, has this happened to any of you?
    Last edit by GitanoRN on Mar 20, '12
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  3. by   DixieRedHead
    Guilty? Not! I love it.
  4. by   Been there,done that
    I am guessing you are male... wouldn't happen with a female.

    Sexism I guess.

    But if I coulda... I woulda!
  5. by   Purple_Scrubs
    I got out of a ticket for being a nurse. Officer was very gruff, almost rude when she pulled me over. I was keeping my tone upbeat and apologetic. I was in street clothes because I was in orientation for a new job. She asked me where I worked and I said I was a new nurse at X hospital. Her demeanor changed and she actually became chatty with me and let me go with a warning. I was surprised, but obviously grateful. I talked to colleagues about it and apparently in this area cops often let medical personnel go due to "professional courtesty". Luckily I've never had to test the theory again.
  6. by   nurse2033
    That's funny, you are not guilty of anything. You should have offered him a free appendectomy.
  7. by   cry me a river
    Great use of Taxpayer money.Congrats on spending our money!!!!
  8. by   TheCommuter
    The local police departments have let me off the hook more than once after discovering that I am a nurse.

    When I was attending school in Oklahoma, I did a lot of driving on the interstate and was pulled over multiple times for excessive speed. All of the cops let me off with a warning after discovering that I had been an an LPN enrolled in an RN completion program.
  9. by   MomRN0913
    I tried to play the nurse card, I was pulled over for speeding in my scrubs on the way home from a shift. But the cop was a D-bag. He asked if I was a nurse and when he realized the hospital I worked for was too far away for one he could possibly be treated at, he was a prick and gave me a ticket for speeding because I WAS wearing a seatbelt.

    Now, I was the primary nurse for a cop in the town I did work in. Young guy with some pretty bad sepsis. I was told I could do nothing wrong in that city or the surrounding cities again (traffic violation wise of course). Never had to use it though.
  10. by   sharpeimom
    i live about 30 miles from the state mental hospital where i worked. i was hurrying home so i wouldn't be late for my dentist appt.
    siren and lights! eek! i pulled over and he asked for my id. he noticed my hospital jersey and asked if i were a nurse.

    i said i was and he answered, "i just wouldn't feel quite right ticketing anyone who works with all those crackpots and crazies all the time!"

    off i went!
  11. by   sapphire18
    Pretty sure that would NEVER happen to a woman, but that's pretty great/hilarious that it happened to you! I have, however, gotten out of multiple speeding tickets for being a nurse 0=)
  12. by   Sparrowhawk
    I've never gotten out of a ticket in scrubs or not...I think it'd because Cops turn me into a bumbling idiot and they are probably wondering why the hell i'm driving anyway.....
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    Never been accused of being an MD (except by a few confused ALF residents and the occasional small child), but I've also never gotten a ticket in scrubs. As soon as the officer saw my uniform and badge, I'd get a good-natured lecture on the results of MVAs and let go with a warning.

    Street clothes and no stethoscope hanging from the rearview mirror.......not so much. I don't usually drive so as to draw attention to myself, but I did get busted for doing 45 in a 30 MPH zone about 10 years ago, and was cited another time when my stickers were outdated. At neither of those times did I feel it would be right to pull the 'nurse' card---I wasn't even on my way to work.
  14. by   MN-Nurse
    Quote from gitanorn
    i'm guilty for not correcting him on my line of question is, has this happened to any of you?
    no, but i have had one cop immediately give me back my id and say, "have a nice day" as soon as he found out i was a nurse.