OK, just a bit if a rant here, ...guess I've had my fill of disrespect for the role and importance of the nurse lately. I feel wearing our full names and credentials are part of being a professional. I totally understand the exceptions in some mental health and a few other speciality units. but otherwise, it's, "I'm Jane Smith, the RN who will be with you this shift.". Yes, I often interact with patients by my first name if they wish. In school, our instructors often referred to us as "nurse Smith", to emphasize the professional title. Yes it's a bit clumsy, doesn't have the same flow as "doctor", but it did distinguish us from the rest of the crowd in scrubs. It has been a long road for nurses to get respect as a profession, and professional names are part of it. We don't call the physicians by their first names, "hey Bob, have you see these labs...."And don't get me started on folks who wear name tags backwards but never clarify their role, leaving ( or leading) the patient to believe they were the nurse when they really were a Medical Assistant or tech. If your badge flips, Fix IT, Pin It!!! Ok, rant over, but profession standing tall!