Is Your Last Name On Your Badge?

  1. Ours is. We have requested that our badges only show our first names, but the Powers That Be feel like our patients should know our full name.

    I'm a psych nurse and we get (usually empty) threats from patients now and then. Occasionally we do get assaulted on the unit. I think the last names on the badge is a major safety issue. You?
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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    As of 01/06, having our last name on our badges will be of our own choosing.

    This was AFTER a bunch of nurses got fired up about threats and indecent proposals they were receiving from prior pts.
  4. by   suebird3
    i wish we didn't have our last names, but there are several other sue's around.....
  5. by   SuzieQ_Scrapper
    NO--and I'm glad.
  6. by   SheriLynnRN
    My last name is on my badge. It is state law here, even in mental/behavioral health areas. I think the right solution is to leave that decision to each individual nurse. After all, we are PROFESSIONALS, and being a professional entails having the right to make decisions about how you practice. I work on a surgical unit, and I feel safe with my full name on my badge. I don't introduce myself using it, but it's there for anyone to read. Besides, your full name is always in the chart, and every patient has a right to see that. If someone feels uncomfortable with having their name displayed, they should be able to have the situation remedied.
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  8. by   traumaRUs
    Currently, I work as a case manager and its just my first name on my badge. However, once I'm an APN both my first and last name will be on name tag. As it is now, I introduce myself with first and last name.
  9. by   bethin
    We have a choice now if we want our last names on it or not. I put a blue child abuse ribbon sideways over my last name--it's easier than getting a new badge.

    There have been nurses who have restraining orders against a few pts. family members. I don't agree with last names on badges. As long as your name, dept, and type of license (RN, LPN, RT, etc) is on the badge that's all that matters.
  10. by   ICRN2008
    I started a thread about this at the beginning of the semester. I never did get anywhere with our current level coordinator, but we were not required to wear our badges in the setting to which we were assigned. I plan to bring up the subject with the administration again in January.
  11. by   James Huffman
    As I've mentioned before (this topic is starting to sound like the movie Groundhog Day) nurses are the only professionals who seriously debate giving their last names in a practice setting.

    The idea of having a judge, attorney, or physician who wanted to go by their first name is ludicrous on its face.

    Part of being a professional is putting a public face on what we do. And for every time we practice nursing without giving our name, we are saying that we are just not really professionals. Whether we like to admit it or not.

    Jim Huffman, RN
  12. by   TreetopAngel_RN
    Only once was my last name obscured on a name badge, as a student nurse on the psych unit. Since then my full name has been on the badge.

    I believe we could get by with a first name and last initial, that should be enough identifier for anyone. If the patient knows the unit and date in question, then it should be easy to identify the staff working without giving out too much information.
  13. by   bethem
    I am a student, and I have my last name on my badge but I cover it with tape and a butterfly sticker. In our first year on clinicals, the nurses at the hospital I was at told me that they would never have their last names on their badges, because they had seen too many patients and families get crazy on them and they didn't want to make it easier to track them down. They also said we should never volunteer information about ourselves, and even if asked about our families or pets or anything we shouldn't answer or should evade the question. Maybe that's going a bit far, but I don't want people knowing my last name. In fact on our mental health placement, we were discouraged from even wearing our badges at all. We told the patients our first names. I just don't feel comfortable giving too much away.
  14. by   Nurse Valium
    Ours is on our badges and one of our techs in the ED received a phone call at home from a former patient who had looked her up in the phone book and was interested in "seeing her again." Luckily, the guy took the hint & didn't pursue the issue but he could just as easily Googled her phone number & received a map to her home!