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Proper salutation for a NP?

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I'm sorry if this is a random question-but I figured this would be the best place to ask! Is there a special salutation for NP? I know a doctor I would refer to as Dr. Whoever, but I wasn't sure about a nurse practitioner... Would it still be Ms/Mrs/Mr or use Dr.? Thanks!

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llg has 43 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms. etc. There is no special salutation ... unless they have a doctoral degree (which is becoming increasingly common now that the DNP has become so widespread.)

If the NP has a doctorate, the correct salutation would be "Dr." if the person choosed to use it.

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I disagree with the above, at least in a clinical setting. An NP, no matter if they have gotten the DNP or not, should be referred to as Mr/Ms/Mrs. unless they have also gotten an MD/DO.

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sserrn has 9 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Emergency, Med/Surg, Vascular Access.

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It doesn't really matter what anyone's opinion is on the matter. The state in which an NP practices makes the determination on whether a DNP-prepared NP can be referred to as "Dr." It's a legal issue. Some states allow it and some don't.

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BCgradnurse has 11 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in allergy and asthma, urgent care.

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I have tried to get my patients (who are mostly immigrants and non-English speaking) to call me by my first name, but they almost all insist on calling me Dr. and my first name. I've given up... I always introduce myself as an NP, but I guess it's easier just to call all providers "doctor". I'm not going to beat them up over this.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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Most of my pts call me by my first name. A few call me "doc". They know I'm not the physician nor do I hold a doctorate but its just a sign of respect they give to me.

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pedspnp has 17 years experience and specializes in General.

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mine also refer to me as dr, i just let it go i introduce myself as a NP and I think many times they are just so busy thinking about thier sick child that they dont remember my title, and wanting to show respect for me call me the first thing that comes to mind and it could be a lot worse things to be called:clown:

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

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I introduce myself as, Ms. Last Name, your Nurse Practitioner. Most call me this.

Some call me, Missy First name.

Others call me, Dr. First name. Like others here, they know I'm not a physician and continue to call me this despite my corrections.

And, I have a couple who call me, Nurse Beautician.

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Medic09 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in ED, Flight.

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I like "Shalom, how are you?" :)

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Hello, I am X, a Nurse Practitioner. I'm still a new NP and I still correct the ones who call me "doc."

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carachel2 said:
Hello, I am X, a Nurse Practitioner. I'm still a new NP and I still correct the ones who call me "doc."

I think correcting them is a sign of humility. It is a good characteristic to have whether an MD or a nurse practitioner.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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I respectfully disagree with you Wowza - its not a sign of humility, its a sign of correctness. Just as I'm not a physician, I'm not a plumber or auto mechanic either.

However, having been an APN for a few years, and after correcting the same pts over and over, it becomes insulting to them to cont the correction.

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