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Have you ever been mistaken for a doctor?

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by ThePrincessBride ThePrincessBride (Member)

ThePrincessBride has 3 years experience .

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Why, yes.... yes I have, ........but not as often as I've been called "Miss" or Ma'am" ..... LOL .... or, "Oh, you're a MALE nurse..." Well, yeah, I'm a nurse, and I'm a male, so, yeah ... :uhoh3:

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1shortnurse works as a telemetry staff RN, relief charge.

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Patients and their families constantly call me doctor. I will correct them, but before I end the same conversation, they've called me doctor three more times.

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Conrad283 works as a RN at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

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All the time. My response "If a doctor walked into your room as much as I will, we'd all be living in a different world"

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All the time as well. Of course the majority of them have demensia. I've experienced both extremes. I've always looked young for my age. 12 years ago when I was a medical technologist, I worked in a dialysis unit and one of my jobs was recruiting study patients. A couple weeks into the job the MD in charge of the study told me that all the patients thought I was doing a high school science project so she bought me a lab coat.

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Yes, I've been mistaken for a doctor, but more so by the patients on my unit than anyone else- even AFTER I've introduced myself as "I'm Edogs, I'll be your nurse today."

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Zeta_Xi_208, RN, BSN works as a RN.

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I have had a few little old ladies suggest that I go back to school and become a doctor

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Jasel works as a Registered Nurse.

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I've been a nurse 4 1/2 months and am only 26. It's happened at least 8 or 9 times.

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head3rd has 1 years experience and works as a Staff Nurse.

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It hhas happened all through my career and continues to this day. Often less educated or illiterate people tend to assume that you are the doctor if you are male, and working in a hospital environment and wearing scrubs.

I always correct them and state my name and that I am their nurse.

So True, it happens all the time, my last shift I had a patient calling me Doc all night, I kept telling him I was his nurse but he just kept at it. Finally he said you should be the Doctor you are the one actually taking care of me not him.....gotta love it

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CareteamRN70 works as a Charge Nurse LTC.

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The white lab coat for me hasn't detered patients from calling me Doctor, but seems to increase it. When in scrubs with a visible name tag I have been confused with an aide quite a few times, but soon as I put on a lab coat I start hearing "Hey Doc, can you get my nurse"

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Vikingkitten has 33 years experience and works as a RN-OR.

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Usually, it's just the elderly that think I'm the Physician because I'm male. I think it's because, " in my day.........". I guess that means that's the way it was! My grandmother (100+ y/o) did also make a distinction between nurses,and Male nurses. Still, we all wear scrubs in the OR , so most patients do ask who we are.

just my $.02.

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nursetim works as a NP.

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Every day I walk through the gate of the prison I work in I get promoted to "doctor", even by my co-workers that should know better. If asked I tell them I am an NP, if they just assume, I let it ride as I would spend most of my time correcting them and not doing my job.

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jmays58 works as a Rehab Nurse.

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All the time. I correct them if they call me doctor, but if they just treat me as one I let it go because I get a better response, especially during an assessment.

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