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WORK IN E.R. OUR I.D. BADGES HAVE NOT HAD OUR LAST NAME ON THEM FOR YEARS. WE FOUGHT TO GET OUR LAST NAMES OFF FOR SAFTEY REASONS. LOTTA NUTS OUT THERE YA KNOW!!! ANYWAY, OUR FINE HOSPITIAL IS MAKING NEW BADGES WITH FIRST AND LAST NAME AND TELL US IF WE COVER OUR LAST NAME WITH TAPE, WE WILL BE FIRED FOR DEFACING PROPERTY. WHAT GOES WITH YOUR BADGES OUT THERE? THANKS

Ortho_RN

1,037 Posts

Our first and last name is one them, but they do it like this...

FIRST NAME

first & last name

nsg service..

SoPaRN

1 Post

I feel that last names don't need to be on ID badges. If there is a need to track down a nurse, you have their first name, floor, date and time, I think it would be easy enough to find him or her. How about using a First name and ID #? Years ago when I was in Nursing School and doing the psych rotation we didn't have our last names visible on our badges. Does administration believe that these patients are never sent to the hospital? That everyone who walks through the doors are completely mentally healthy? I guess there aren't any dangerous people out there, must be just a rumor.

Repat

335 Posts

I worked in psych for a few years, and we NEVER had our last names on badges. I would agree with ER not having last names, too. I had an unusual last name, easily identifiable, and on regular floors I covered up my name, too.

NicuNsg

102 Posts

Ours have

FIRST

First and last

RN

I agree, I doesn't seem safe or logical to offer up that kind of info to the public. Especially in the ER or Psych units. When I was in nursing school, our psych rotation was the only time we were told it was mandatory NOT to wear our name badges, instead just given a badge that said STUDENT. I would contact the DON of the hospital and see if you can't meet somewhere in the middle maybe. State your reasoning and allow the DON to express her reasoning.

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

Anyone at my job, no matter what dept. has first and last names on their badges.

And everyone has one of those yellow smiley face stickers covering the last name.

Our ER has the option of a nurse being able to use an alias first and last name.

Nurse Ratched, RN

2,149 Posts

Specializes in Geriatrics/Oncology/Psych/College Health.

Our hospital was going to require first and last on everyone until Psych raised a ruckus. Psych has first names only with title, and ED has the option of first only or first and last. Everyone else still has full name.

flashpoint

1 Article; 1,327 Posts

We have first name and title on the front. Our last name is on the back. I personally don't think the patients need to know my last name or who my parents are or how many children I have or where I go to church. I live in a small town and I think a lot of people just want to know more about who is caring for them, but as long as they know my name and title, I think that's enough.

The BON here thinks the patients have a right to know quite a bit about us. Our names, addresses, birthdays, dates of expiration, etc are all published on the internet for everyone to see. Also, if a patient asks if we've ever been disciplined or if they want our license number or a copy of our license, we are required to give them the information they want.

sjoe

2,099 Posts

Specializes in Corrections, Psych, Med-Surg.

What does your union have to say about this?

and cot writes: "Our names, addresses, birthdays, dates of expiration, etc are all published on the internet for everyone to see. Also, if a patient asks if we've ever been disciplined or if they want our license number or a copy of our license, we are required to give them the information they want."

An excellent set-up for identity theft, not to mention stalking, vandalism, and assault and battery.

Specializes in Med/Surg, ER, L&D, ICU, OR, Educator.

First name, last initial, credentials, department.

luvmyjob

1 Post

I work in ED and there does not seem to be any regard for employee safety, another example is security gaurds that look more like boy scouts in uniform and their not allowed to carry cuffs or guns would have to call 911 if ever any real problems and by then we'd probably all would be dead

SmilingBluEyes

20,964 Posts

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis.

Yanno, I find that so hard to believe in this day and age, cot jockey----- seems like a GROSS invasion of privacy to me...

patients are entitled to privacy...

nurses should be too.

if MY employer put out this info, Iwould raise cain, that you can believe. They do not need nor are entitled to this information to ensure quality care.

Fortunately, our hospital will put the first name and last initial for us....no last names necessary. I mean if a patient has a comment about a nurse, say, "Mary Z. in the ER Dept", will suffice to ID who the nurse in reference is!!!! We have the right to protect our privacy and that of our families, just like anyone else...we deal with the public...and we all KNOW some of those people are unstable, to put it mildly.

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