Should the Title Nurse be Changed ? ? ? - page 3

today i was chatting with another rn who believes that the term nurse for our title is outdated and may not fully represent our field as well as it used to. and perhaps the title nurse turns men off... Read More

  1. by   Alois Wolf
    Quote from Sabby_NC
    Nope I always wanted to be a nurse, I did the training to become a nurse, and have been a NURSE for over 30 years.

    Please call me a nurse.

    Although I am a nurse case manager
    I think you're really Secret Squirrel under cover.
  2. by   gt4everpn
    no one word or phrase could ever describe the amount of work nursing entails! this profession has history, why would we want to change the name?? people will still call us nurses!! the name of itself pulls alot of weight!!
  3. by   Sabby_NC
    Quote from Alois Wolf
    I think you're really Secret Squirrel under cover.
    LOL You are so on to me eh? Hahahahahaha

    Darn it I thought my cover was a good one too :spin:
  4. by   llg
    Quote from Alois Wolf
    After thinking about it for a while, I think the title should stay the way it is. If anything changing something that has be ingrained in our minds practially forever will probably do nothing more than harm the perception of the profession.
    I think slowly but surely the idea of "nurse" is slowly changing into a more realistic idea of what you guys actualy do. (Can't call myself one... yet.)
    How wonderful it is to meet someone who "thinks about things for a while" and comes to a reasonable conclusion. :spin::spin:
  5. by   nursemike
    This was discussed a bit on the Men in Nursing forum. There were a couple of good suggestions--I remember I especially liked "Tank Commander." Sounded kinda macho, and a little intimidating.

    But on the whole, I worked my butt off to become a nurse, and that's good enough for me.
  6. by   Nursebarebari
    Yes, in this modern days it should be changed to "patients maid"
  7. by   Conqueror+
    I have always fancied myself a "Medical Marine" We are working in the field of medical care but must be strong, fearless, inventive, slightly crazy and get the job done with little to no supplies when needed. When my unit manager in her cheap kmart suit (you can read my other posts I am a cheapskate but still...) sat me down about my workload and "time management skills" I kinda turned into Jack Nicholson on the witness stand in a few good men "you WANT me on that hall, you NEED me on that hall" etc.... HaHaHaHa

    Maybe we can just change it to Supernurse. That will be more accurate and what man never wanted to be Superman ?
  8. by   cuppwk01
    I am a male RN and I admit that the title "Nurse" was one obstacle I had to entering the field, and is one of the few things I don't like about it. I'm much more likely to tell people I'm an RN than that I'm a nurse. Over time I have adjusted to it, but it's funny because sometimes patients are reluctant to call me a nurse b/c they're afraid they'll insult me. They always almost refer to me as their "male nurse". I don't ever expect the title to change, but I wouldn't mind being called a 'medic' or something like that. Perhaps the title could just apply to male nurses. The tie of the word nursing to breastfeeding and past stereotypes is just too strong in my mind, but I think I'll live.
  9. by   Fiona59
    Quote from philosophical
    Since there are Patient Care Techs, how about Patient Care Managers?

    That's what our unit managers are called....
  10. by   KJB_65
    Naw. I'm a Nurse. That's all I am and all I will ever want to be. The public is confused enough at what we are. Throw in another title and forget it. I don't think we would ever recover as a profession. Just my opinion. Sometimes it is better to leave things alone.
  11. by   fgoff
    I always liked Patient Care Engineer!
  12. by   time4meRN
    direct care provider sounds like a hospital consierge instead of someone who knows about patho phys, pharm a&p etc. there are a lot of people who don't know what nurses do , including many dr's, but then i don't know what a aircraft controller or an auto mechanic really does either. i think we worry too much about "making " people understand what we do. as long as we are doing our job, outcomes improve and we are respected by the instutions we work for (including the bon's), then we don't need to spin our wheels making eveyone aware of what we do. aircraft mechanics can tell me all they want how important they are, how hard their job is , but, truly , i don't care. i just want the aircraft to stay in the air like it's suposed to. medicine is the same for the average person.