Why do Nurse's wear there degree on there name badges? - page 13

I have never had anyone give me a straight answear to this question, Why do nurses wear there degree on the badge uniforms? I see few other people in the hospital setting that do it except for... Read More

  1. by   NurseAngie
    By the way, YES. I am the English police. Just kidding! I am helping some Italian friends learn English. I'm re-learning a bit along the way. It's amazing what I a "zero in" on now! Catch y'all nurses later.
  2. by   KC CHICK
    To 'NurseStudentFall01' : A M E N !!!

    Thank you so much for letting me know that I'm not the only one that 'saw' underlying meanings in those posts.
    Have a WONDERFUL semester!!!
  3. by   mcl4
    I just don't buy your "commitment to education" line. If you think that a BSN nurse is generally a "better" nurse than one with a ADN degree, then come right out and say so. I won't necessarily agree with you, but I'll certainly respect you more for coming right out with it. No need to qualify or defend your opinions here, just be mature enough to admit them outright. [/B][/QUOTE]

    I've selected a quote from another board showing another nurse's perspective on her education experience. It is only an example, and I'm not to say all nursing programs are like the one described in detail from a nursing student. I also believe, in time, new graduates gain the experience needed to function well on a floor or any place they choose to practice nursing. Here is the quote:

    Im really glad that this is coming to light. I will be graduating in December from a BSN program and let me tell you I am really nervous. I know I have not attained the clinical skills of my predecessors who attended diploma programs or even associate degree programs. At my school the emphasis is definitly on paperwork. When I express my concern to my clinical instructors they usually say, "Don't worry you'll do all that when you start working." My thoughts are , gee, I would rather practice some skills now . I know Im going to very embarassed if after I graduate I must tell my preceptor that I never started an IV . I know that it must be difficult on our clinical instructors to make sure that everyone graduates with a certain degree of technical skill, especially when you attend a large University. Still, I feel somwhat cheated. I mean, I did pay for my education. I just hope that our future preceptors are empathetic to our situation and will be patient with the newbies. Just give us a chance and I promise we will learn as quickly as we can!!
  4. by   kennedyj
    My nursing cap says J Kennedy, Bs, BSS,Bsss, Bs, BsS, RN,BSN, RNC, MSN student. I guess I'm just extra good in BS ing.

    ROFLAO. hehehe.

    well if you didn't think it was funny visit my nursing joke website

    Last edit by kennedyj on Aug 25, '01
  5. by   eagleriver
    The BSN program I am attending at FSU just might be overcompensating for their reputation of not providing enough hands on experience. We do 16+ hours of clinicals and 11 hours of class time per week. Volunteer (aka mandated through coersion) time is in addition to that. We attend a total of five semesters of ALL nursing classes. Homework can easily add up to 30 - 35 hours a week.

    Experientally, graduates from this program may have more in common with diploma nurses than ASNs, in regard to the actual patient care experience they have upon attaining their liscense.

    I have a secret (maybe) to share. It is far less important where your degree comes from than where your heart is here and now.
  6. by   1OldDinosaurRN
    I think wearing your degrees, certifications, etc. initials on your name badge should be an individual (personal) decision. I don't think employers should be allowed to mandate whether you put them on your name badge or not. I put in many hours of work, worry, and also $$$$$ to have the privilege of wearing a MSN after my name. Do I feel that I am "better" than any of the other nurses with whom I work? Of course not! Do I feel I am "better" than I was before I got my MSN? YES! I learned quite a bit during that time and have put it to good use for my patients. So, my 2c is......let it be an individual and personal decision that doesn't get "judged" by others. Oh, and my nursing cap looked similiar to the old White Castle waitress caps! It was a booger to keep on my head. I felt like the flying nun.
  7. by   baseline
    Holy Cow! Talk about resurrecting the dead! This tread was last posted on 8-21-2001!!! I thought wow...8 pages and I missed it? LOL
  8. by   Q.
    Me too baseline!

    And in answer to the question, I wear them on my badge because I earned them, along with the right to do so.

  9. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by Susy K
    Me too baseline!

    And in answer to the question, I wear them on my badge because I earned them, along with the right to do so.


    Plus, when all of the staff wears scrubs, it's difficult for families, patients, and docs to know if they're talking to an RN or Housekeeping.
  10. by   susanmary
    I earned a ADN, BS in a non-related field, and a BSN. My name tag displays the hospital's name, my department's name and ...
    Susan Mary, RN, BSN.
  11. by   whipping girl in 07
    Where I work, you have the option of putting your certifications, degrees, etc. on your nametag if you choose (and if it will all fit).

    There are a few nurses who have masters in other fields; Heather's nametag says, "Heather, RN, BSN, MS".

    Mine says, "Konni, RN, BSN".

    Sarah's says, "Sarah, RN", even though she has a BSN. She chose not to put it on her nametag.

    And our days charge nurse's nametag says, "Marla, RN, CCRN". She has a BSN too but chose not to put it on her nametag.

    It's completely individual.
    originally posted by baseline
    holy cow! talk about resurrecting the dead! this tread was last posted on 8-21-2001!!! i thought wow...8 pages and i missed it? lol
    until i came to your post...lol!

  13. by   eagleriver
    Since I was here last, I have graduated, and returned for my master's degree. I'm in an Alzheimer's unit and I don't even wear a name tag! Occasionally, it takes a few minutes to convince my patients I'm not just one of them! :roll The company I work for keeps promising me a name tag, but I'm still waiting... I don't know what it'll say, but I guess I'll wear it regardless.

    Patients are health care consumers...the operative word being "consumers." Just as some consumers want to drive the biggest, baddest, most fuel hungry SUV, even if they never carry anything or anyone with them, some health consumers feel they need the most highly credentialed (even if not the most competent) person possible to give them routine care.

    I don't feel like encouraging such a mindset. I'd rather patients accept that all nurses have worked hard to become competent. It may be best that all name badges simply say "Nurse." If a patient is being cared for by what she/he considers to be a "lesser" nurse, they may falsely perceive that a lower quality of care is being given.

    Perhaps nurses should have name tags with all the credentials to wear when they go to "nursley" gatherings, but the public should trust that a nurse is special and she/he will help them get better.