VA: State changes name-tag policy for nurses
Date published: Mon, 07/22/2002
The Associated Press
(Richmond-AP) -- The state wants nurses to wear name tags with
their first and last names. Some hospitals have allowed nurses in certain departments - usually psychiatric units or emergency rooms - to go without last names on their badges, out of concern that nurses could be stalked.
The Virginia Board of Nursing voted last week to require both first and last names, along with the appropriate licensing designation.
One board member said patients want to know who is taking care of them. But Susan Ward, vice president and general counsel for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, said there are concerns that the change could put some nurses at risk.
The rule change is not final until a 60-day public comment
period is completed.
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
See info in SBON newletter, pg. 4 re Board of Nursing Regulation 18VAC 90-20-35.
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The Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards. http://www.townhall.state.va.us/
VA Board of Nursing
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Jul 23, '02
If they take off the RNs last name from the ID & have them identified with just "Mary, RN", (which I think is insulting, unprofessional, & reinforces the perception of us as subservient handmaidens), are they going to take the last names off everyone elses IDs too? Or is it just RNs who are at risk for people finding out where they live? Will Dr. J. Smith now wear an ID that casually identifies him as just "John, MD"? Somehow I doubt it. Its the same as the nurse who respectfully calls all the administrators Mr or Ms So & So & all the MDs Dr So & So but nobody returns that respect to the nurse - & just calls her by her first name..... like a good puppy. MDs dont go to the pt & introduce themselves as "John, the Doctor". And neither do we. We introduce ourselves to the pts at the start of the shift & give our FULL names & title - they are entitled to know who is taking care of them. And since we do TELL them - point blank - who we are, having no last name on the ID would not be helpful in hiding the info.
Last edit by -jt on Jul 24, '02