Name Badges - page 4

Does anyone out there feel the same as I about our FULL name being branded across our chest for all the world to see. I have a problem w/ patients looking my name and phone # up, and calling me at... Read More

  1. by   fergus51
    Originally posted by ERNurse752
    All the more reason to sign your name illegibly at all times.
    :roll Unfortunately the front of the chart has a place where we have to PRINT our full name in block letters, then our signature, then out initials. You can't hide it.

    Plus the way I figure it, if some patient wants to stalk me they don't need my last name, they know where I work.
  2. by   Jamesdotter
    It's interesting that we've gone to using first names. When I was in school, our badges were "Miss J. Doe", and we were referred to as either "Miss Doe" (most of us were single), or just "Doe". My mother, who became a nurse in the 1920's, was always referred to by her last name by her colleagues, as well.
  3. by   PowerPuffGirl
    Well, if we use last names, that'll be fabulous for those of us with last names like Payne!
  4. by   CindyJRN
    :chuckle :chuckle

    OK, Nurse PowerPuff, I promise not to tease the Nurse Payne who I work with and like with "this is Nurse Payne in my rear"
    I don't know, I've always preferred to be called Cindy, but some people may prefer the last name.
  5. by   neneRN
    We have our first name and initial of last name on our badges. We also have a four digit employee ID number on them. I work in the ER and we actually have a policy forbidding us from giving out our last name to pts; if for some reason (for complaints, legal issues, whatever) the pt insists for our full name, we are to give out this employee ID number as it distinguishes us from anyone else.
    If we didn't have this policy, I would still never wear my full name on my badge-you can find any nurse's full address and license number by typing in the name on the DOH's licensing website. That's scary.
  6. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    And I've always hated that the patient goes hone with discharge papers signed with my full name. Lickily it's a real humdinger of a last name, and if I do it right, I can run all the vowels together and it is still legible if need be, but porbably not to someone that's never read it before.

    This thought just occurred to me while I was reading this thread. Fortunately all the years I have worked as a nurse, only one patient called me at elderly neighbor lady who called to ask me when she was to take her husband to the doctor's office for his bloodwork. I wasn't too afraid that Henrietta would stalk me.... Of course, I live in a very rural, tight-knit community....I know 3/4 of the patients I care for at the hospital....

    Our badges just have our first names on them, and our credentials/licensure/area....My tag says Becky, RN Nursing Services. When I discharge somebody, I always sign my name using R. *****, RN. My name on my license is Rebecca so I sign all legal documents that way....Hopefully some of our not so bright patients will not be able to figure out that Becky is a nickname for Rebecca.... If I ever had any doubt that my safety was in jeopardy you can bet that my tag would be off and just my initials would be on the discharge papers...

    Does anyone else find it strange that with all the privacy issues going on with HIPAA and protecting our patients' privacy that the people who made up these laws could care less about the nurses' and other healthcare workers' right to privacy? A patient calling you at home IS an invasion of your privacy. I like Lausana's idea of giving the patient the number of the boneheaded administrators that would change things in a hurry.....
  7. by   RNforLongTime
    We have our full names on our badges at my facility. I don't like it. There's too many crazies out there!
  8. by   rileygrl11
    Try putting those cutesy stickers on your last name (esp a flag since most people won't object to showing your patriotism). When all else fails let the name tag "accidentally" keep flipping over when around pts. Other than that, I agree with approaching risk management. Maybe if more of us complain, they will listen. Fortunately, the hospital I work at lets us decide how we want our name printed on our badge.
  9. by   fergus51
    I don't really find it scary. If some crazy wants to get me, they know where I work. Don't need my last name to wait for me in the parkade.
  10. by   Chiaramonte
    We have our full names on our name tags here in the ER.
    Don't feel it's appropriate at all.
    Funny thing is that the Paramedics only have to use
    first names as well as the Psych workers
    Administration feels that there should some
    anonymity for these above mentioned departments who "deal with the public". Isn't that what we all do especially in the Emergency Room?
  11. by   NicuGal
    I just asked at work....we have to have our full names on our badges and they have to be displayed at all times...especially in Maternal-Child. The front is coded with pink and the parents aren't to let anyone with out a name badge displaying full name and the pink front touch their child.

    We also can't "deface" our cards with stickers and pins...we use them as slides to get in and out of units and parking . If you are caught with "defacing" it will cost you $50...a fine and replacement fee!
  12. by   sphinx
    I worked at one place where we only had our first name on our badges. The other 2 places I worked at (including the current job) have first and last. That has never lead to a patient calling me at home.
    What has been a problem though, is working in homecare, calling my patients from my home or my cell phone, forgetting that other people would get my number if they had call ID. I soon had patients calling me when I was off duty. Nothing like it being 10:30 pm and having a patient call me asking about her infiltrated IV, etc. I try to be calm while I give them the agency on call number, and remind them to always call that number, as I don't take patient calls on my personal phone. I finally started doing call blocks on a case by case basis, plus we had our number unlisted. That helped. I'm in the office now, but up until my last day in the field, one patient who'd already gotten my cell number, kept calling and calling, despite my frequent reminders not to call me at home. *sigh*. I made it very clear that I would *No longer be your nurse* after such and such a date. Surprise, it actually worked!
  13. by   karbyr
    I routinely get called at home, and have even had co-workers leave my home phone number at the client's home..........keep meaning to talk to her about that, but is a small community here and I work in Home Health.....don't really want to be unlisted as sometimes there are people I want to find me, just not my patients when i'm off duty..........don't even have caller ID available from my local phone company, lol.