Why do Nurse's wear there degree on there name badges? - page 17

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   esselmulen
    A few years ago, my buddy and I slit the plastic on our ID badges and made up a bunch of initials behind the RN on our name tags. I believe one of them was AFL-CIO, another was MCP (mobile chunk patrol for obvious reasons). Not one staff member questioned them nor mentioned them (probably because they didn't want to be seen as un-informed). No patients remarked on them and eventually we became disappointed at this lack of reaction and requested new badges, using the excuse that we'd lost ours. My point is that to most people it doesn't really matter what it says behind your name as long as it says RN first.
  2. by   NsgTiger
    "Why do nurses wear their degree on their name badges?"
    Because they earned it! Everyone should be able to display their degree without being judged for it.
  3. by   Disablednurse
    I am an ADN RN and feel like a nurse should wear it on their name badge if they have worked hard and gotten a higher degree. The only problem that I have is the places that I have worked the higher the degree, the lazier the nurse has been. Even with nurses that have gone from LPN to ADN, I have seen the nurses think that I am now an RN so I don't have to do anything. Some were even told that they would not have to do patient care after getting their RN degree. They were so disappointed after they graduated that they quit working at the hospital or LTC and found what they thought to be an easier job. I think if you worked for it, be proud and display it.
  4. by   llg
    Something happened to me about an hour ago that happens to me about once per month that is the reason I include my academic credentials on my badge.

    A Social Worker on the elevator read my badge and commented that she didn't know nurses COULD get a PhD. It gave me the opportunity to teach her that nursing is a legitimate and respected discipline, recognized by the academic community as being legitimate and worthy of full partnership status within the academic community.

    You would be surprised how many people (MD's, pharmacists, etc.) who don't realize that nurses can and do have advanced degrees. And why should they? ... if the medical assistant who checks people in at a clinic is refered to as a "nurse" and the nursing assistant who is in their patient's room is refered to by the patient as "my nurse" and on and on and on. With everyone in the nursing profession (at any level) all wearing the same outfits and calling themselves "nurse," why shouldn't people think we are all educated at the same level?

    People who know me will either respect me or not based on what I do. But strangers have no idea who I am ... and as a short woman, people (male physicians in particular) have a tendency to be a little patronizing.

    That's why I list my highest academic degree on my name badge (but not all the others -- that would be too many letters.) I like it when med students comment on it and I can answer, "Yes, I spent 7 years of graduate school. That's more than most physicians spend."

    Last edit by llg on Mar 7, '03
  5. by   fergus51
    I have my degree on my badge cause management puts it on and because I am proud of it, just as other nurses are proud of theirs whether they have an ADN or Diploma or BSN.

    The real problem with nursing is that we don't allow eachother to take enough pride in things. I have heard soooooooo many experienced nurses talk about the fact that their diploma hospital based programs were the end all and be all of nursing education, and have no problem with them wearing it on their badges. Similarly I am proud to have survived my program and wear the initials that gave me too. I think some people read too much into it, cause I am not doing it to help my fragile ego.
  6. by   nptobee
    I'm in a two year RN program now, but I have a BS in public and community health. Do those with degrees outside of nursing put their degree on their badges? Like RN, BS
  7. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    No one is asking why doctors have "MD" on their badges. We have worked hard to attain our statuses in nursing (whatever level we are) and should be very proud.
  8. by   Q.
    Originally posted by nptobee
    I'm in a two year RN program now, but I have a BS in public and community health. Do those with degrees outside of nursing put their degree on their badges? Like RN, BS
    Yes. In the lab in which I work, all credentials of MS or Ph.D is listed on the name badge.
    A couple of nurses I know have MBA after their RN.
    When I've interviewed for jobs, the HR rep hands me her card which lists Mrs Human Resources, BSW.
    originally posted by nsgtiger
    "why do nurses wear their degree on their name badges?"
    because they earned it! everyone should be able to display their degree without being judged for it.
    plain & simple!

  10. by   globalRN
    A nurse should be entitled to list the degrees that are relevant to his/her job.

    My institution puts our name and our position only.
    I do get a lot of questions about my badge since I am listed as an advanced nurse practitioner.... with no mention of the fact that I am also a registered nurse.

    People ask how is that different from a registered nurse...so it is an opportunity to educate the public about what nurses do and what a nurse practitioner is.

    I don't include alphabet soup on my name badge...only in my professional correspondence.
    However, as one person said ....if they have earned it...they want to show it....so everyone to one's own.
    Last edit by globalRN on Mar 13, '04
  11. by   resqrider
    Hey KEV
    An old addage came to mind as I was reading the post it goes like this: Paramedics save lives and EMT's save Paramedics

    It doesn't matter what's on the tag if the quality of care gets tossed into the trash bin, because even the most qualified nurse can give the worst care.
    Don't worry about what is on the name badge worry about the quality of care your patient recieves.
    Ego's are like ballon's anyway sooner or later they all deflate and fall.
    and you can quote me on that!
  12. by   TheLionessRN
    I got to page 3 of this thread and almost stopped due to the sour grapes I saw all over the place. Is it just me, or do a lot of LPNs dislike RNs,or resent them?
    Anyway, I didn't see this reason posted in my sketchy reading, so I will answer the original post as directly as I can. When I graduated, the hospital I worked at did not pay for a person's degree. Feeling that we deserve something, anything, for all of our hard work, those of us with a BSN put it on our badge simply because it was the ONLY acknowledgment of our degree.
    I know there are a lot of people out there who think that just because it hasn't happened to them, it hasn't happened, but I can testify that I have had more than one patient who asked me what a BSN was. It is an excellent opportunity to educate a person about the different nursing levels, just as it has been said on this thread several times. Some people really do care what is written on the name tags of those who are caring for them.
  13. by   PhePhe
    RN is a professional credential, just as MD or JD or PhD is. Nurses like to know what level the other nurse is--its just a nursing thing!
    My badge says:

    $$$$$$$ BSN, MBA
    Registered Nurse