Nicknames unprofessional? - page 2

Hello all, I figured I would make this a poll so I can see the results rather than scroll through many comments (however comments are appreciated also!) So my name is Richard, I am usually never... Read More

  1. by   RunnerRN2015
    Add me to the "I read the poll question incorrectly" list. In my family we have a James who goes by Jim, a Richard who goes by Dick (some people call him Rich), and 2 Stevens who both go by Steve. I don't even consider those nicknames -- they're derivatives of their given names.
  2. by   LadyFree28
    I voted wrong as well. They are professional.

    I have been going by my "healthcare nickname" for twelve-thirteen years...they either call me by my first name or the nickname; they are interchangeable, because my nickname is the meaning of my name. No issues.

    I like my "healthcare nickname" so much, it crossed into my personal life about five years ago. It fits me and my personality professionally and personally.
  3. by   sharpeimom
    Add me to the "answered the poll wrong" group. I see noting at all wrong with nicknames at work unless they're hurtful or embarrassing.

    I was named for my Great Grandmother, who was Katherine, but she was called "Kit." At various times in my life, I have been Kit, Katie, and Kathy. I answer to any of them. This many years later, when I hear "Katherine...", I think of my fifth grade teacher and wonder what I've done wrong this time. I've had all the above versions on my nametag.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    I read the question in the poll box so I think I answered correctly - yes, shortened names or nicknames are professional.

    To the OP - you probably got that comment from someone who also thinks women over 40 should have short hair, not long hair.

  5. by   dirtyhippiegirl
    Our medical director has a hard to pronounce last name and encourages everyone from nurses to patients to call him Dr X(being the first letter of his last name)
  6. by   kguill975
    I'm Kimberly, prefer to go by Kim, but everyone in my dept. calls me Kimbo. Why? I have no idea.
  7. by   Rhi007
    I'm called 'trouble' by close nursing friends and the orderlies mainly due to the fact of my history at the hospital as a patient (many presentations) the radiographers/radiologists I'm close with call me darling, Hun, possum or matter who's in front of them.....the DON was with me and they still did it.
  8. by   Mom2boysRN
    Marked mine wrong also... Richie is fine to use at work... Richard for resume as others have said.
  9. by   Roseyposey
    Not sure what is unprofessional about a nickname, especially if it a shortened version of your given name. I could see if you were calling yourself something like "Spanky" or "Tiny." I have known a "Sunshine," a "Sunflower", a "Liberty," and a "Treasure" - all given names. Let's not forget the current trends of naming children places - "Dakota," "Brooklyn," "Cheyenne," "Heaven." Are those people unprofessional for using their given names, or is their parents who were unprofessional? Just what we need - one more way to judge each other.
  10. by   NutmeggeRN
    Oops I voted no instead of yes......
  11. by   SwansonRN
    Ugh the woman who said that to you sounds insufferable!! It's a name. And who asked her opinion on what people call you?
  12. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    I work with a Danny, Dani, Jess, Jacquie, and Vicky.

    It's your name, go by what you want.

  13. by   satherp5
    Nicknames like: Richie, John Boy, Bobby D, Kimmy, Rach.....GOOD

    Nicknames like: Stinky, pecker head, boobs of Bellevue, large marge.....BAD

    Huge difference in those groups. I don't understand AT ALL how someone could knock someone for going by something like Richie.