Why do some nurses use their titles as a big ego boost? - page 6

Specifically talking in social settings. I understand if you're at work or at a job interview, your title needs to be specified. I have a friend who I've been doing pre-reqs with years back. Our goal... Read More

  1. by   ProfRN4
    I call myself a nurse. Not an RN, not a registered nurse, not an RN, MS. Personally, when I hear someone call themselves a nurse,I assume they are an RN. LPNs are not as common in my area, there are few LPNs in the hospitals. The ones that do work in my clinical affiliation wear a different color (thus, making a distinction).

    I am hoping to begin my PhD studies in the fall. Will I call myself "Doctor"? Not all the time, and I don't expect my friends and family to call me that. I'm sure half of my students will still call my professor (as they often to with my colleagues who have doctoral degrees). But, I will be very proud to have earned that distinction, and will add it to my email signature, Facebook, twitter, and business cards. None of my friends (people who I met through nursing, outside of teaching) have a doctorate. Few have a masters degree. I barely even think about it. to me they are my friends and fellow nurses. If they think I am rubbing it in, too bad for them. As a firmed, they should be proud of me. What if I didn't have kids (and wanted them so badly) and I got offended by all the stick-figure families that people proudly display on their mini-vans? What if I didn't own a home, and they all did, would I not go visit them? We are all different, and our successes are measured in different ways (and it's all subjective).

    Someone will always have something that you want (that is, IF you want it). This is what breeds healthy competition,as well as motivation for people to succeed. I may get blasted for this, but I cannot imagine that any LPN would not want to become an RN. While it may not be feasible, (finances, intellectual ability, family circumstances), I would think it is the natural progression. (I'd love to hear from anyone who feels otherwise, not as a challenge, but just to understand why you wouldn't do it). Honestly, it's ok to say "I wish I could go for my RN". I hear people say stuff like that to me all the time.
  2. by   itsnowornever
    I call myself an RN. The few times I've said "nurse" people have asked me "RN" or "LVN"

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  3. by   BrandonLPN
    I tend to just say "nurse" just because it's been my experience that a surprising percentage of the general population simply have no idea what a "LPN" is.

    In fact, when I say "it stands for 'licensed practical nurse'.", more than a few people have somehow equated the word "practical" with the word "practitioner" and assume I'm a NP. Who has time to go through this song-and-dance over and over? And trying to explain all the education and scope of practice differences only results in glazed eyes and bored expressions.

    Saying "nurse" is just easier.
  4. by   floridanurse1983
    I'm an LPN and I feel like OP is a little oversensitive. At least she didn't have people asking how come she "didn't want to be a real nurse." like I did. I went back and am graduating with my ADN soon. Because I wanted to advance myself, not shut everyone else up.