How do you sign?

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Specializes in Adult Acute Psych Inpatient.

I am a nursing student in my final semester of nursing school. I am greatly looking forward to finally becoming a nurse. I was wondering how many of you sign your names:

Jane/John Doe, RN, BSN

Is this normal? Is it something big headed students do the first few months and then stop doing? I was just wondering! To me... if an MD signs:

Jane/John Doe, MD

Due to what can be taken as his pride in his degree, why not nurses?! Call me naive, but I'm going to be proud to be a nurse!

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

I just sign my name Joe Blogs RN

Specializes in Burn, CCU, CTICU, Trauma, SICU, MICU.

K.Smith, RN. I sign my name too much to make it worth while to add a bunch of other titles!

Specializes in Pediatrics.
Specializes in LTC.

First inital, last name, LPN.

or First name, last name LPN.

Specializes in Cardiology and ER Nursing.

Regardless of what titles I had, have, or will have I've always only signed my name and will always sign only my name, unless required by law.

Specializes in ortho, hospice volunteer, psych,.

i signed katherine g. last name r.n.

and in one position, was told to sign as: katherine g. last name r.n. m.s.n. (phew!)

First name, Last name RN.

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management.

Yep, first initial, last name, RN.

Specializes in Tele-Float Pool, Home Care, Pt Safety.

My first institution gave nurses the option of either "BSN" or "RN" (but not both) on their ID badges. "BSN" may not be big-headed, but it sort of seemed to me that the nurses who chose it over "RN" tended to be. I'm more proud of the work I do than the degree I've earned and that's why I'm Klarck Khent RN.

as the rest of the posters said I use my first inital, last name, RN. I have a BSN but I have never signed BSN after the RN.

If the facility recognizes ASN, BSN, MSN, by all means sign that way. By recognition I mean if BSN, MSN, etc are on the badges and if extra $ is given for the degree. I only know of two hospitals in my area show recognition for degrees by putting them on the badges and out those two only one gives extra $ per hour. Not much extra mind you.

Far as the MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs (I mention them because of the prescriptive authority/signing) I can barely tell through the chicken scratch that passes for their signature what their 1st intial & last name is let alone whether or not they are an MD, DO, etc.

Specializes in Med/Surg.

do you mean signing your name, RN outside of your job?? i never sign my name with RN behind it anywhere outside of work. I think it makes you seem like you are showing off or something. I cant imagine signing a check or signing for my credit card and writing RN behind my name. I dont think theres any need for it...sure im proud of myself for becoming a nurse but that doesnt mean I should let everyone know "hey look at me, im an RN."

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