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hello, this is my first post and im just starting a lpn program, my girlfriend told me that once you are a lpn it is attached to your name, like joe smith l.p.n. it can be on your checks etc. that it is a job but also a title, the way a police officer is constable joe smith, or dr.joe smith...... is this really true????

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Yes, the LPN can be used as a title. And the RN can definitely be used as a title. When I purchase plane tickets online through American Airlines, these's an option to have your suffix printed next to your name on the boarding pass. "MD," "RN," and "Ph.D" are available options on the scroll-down menu, but "LPN" is not. When I was a cashier at a grocery story, one of my customers had "Jane Doe, RN" as the name on her personal checks.

Although it can be used as a title, I am an LVN/LPN who never uses my title outside the workplace for any reason, because I do not need that type of validation and affirmation from outsiders.

KellNY, RN

Specializes in High Risk In Patient OB/GYN.

Yep it's true.

And you could get it on your checks....if you wanted to. But to tell the truth, I might think it were kinda dorky if someone were to plaster their LPN all over the place.

Kinda like the commuter said...I don't flaunt my RN "status". In fact I get kind of annoyed when my family offers the info up either when it's not relevant ("This is my daughter, Kae, she's an RN" wth mom?) or worse when they want to use me ("Kae, come here, quick! You're a nurse--Uncle Joe's friend's wife's cousin has this nasty rash--what do you think?" Uh, I think she should put her boob back in her bra and see her primary care provider or a dermatologist. I'm trying to play with my son/eat dinner/watch tv) Okay, rant over.

thanks for the feedback

so you can but noone would?

does anyone out there do it?

"Kae, come here, quick! You're a nurse--Uncle Joe's friend's wife's cousin has this nasty rash--what do you think?" Uh, I think she should put her boob back in her bra and see her primary care provider or a dermatologist.

Is this what I have to look forward to? :lol2:

lol, thats what is was thinking,

KellNY, RN

Specializes in High Risk In Patient OB/GYN.

Is this what I have to look forward to? :lol2:

No.

What you have to look forward to is worse than that. Mine was just a short sample. I was recently at a funeral for a family member. I was in the VFW hall afterwards, and someone comes running over "Kae Kae! Your dad said you're a nurse! Come help Mr. Jones" (note that I have no idea who Mr Jones was...he was just some guy who was a member of the VFW)

I come outside, and this 90 year old guy is laying in the parking lot, in the rain, his head gushing blood. No witnesses as to what happened. Did he slip and fall? Stroke out? Bottom out his blood sugars? Wife has no idea what meds he's on/what health problems he has.

I look at them and ask "When did EMS say they'd be here?" as I start to take his pulse....I get blank stares...."Did anyone call EMS?! 911?! Anyone?"

His wife looks at me like I have a third eye and says "Well, what on Earth do we need an ambulence for? Your dad said you were an RN"

:trout:

He ended up going to the hospital via ambulance (which annoyed the wife) after I had my sister call. No idea what happened...hopefully he's okay.

Oh God, I could give you stories....all of us could!

I just choose not to advertise it, though some do. Some get it on their license plates (not sure if they have an LPN one, but they have an RN one).

No way would I advertise that I'm a nurse, either on license plates, checks, whatever. I won't permanently attach hospital parking stickers to my car, either. Not just because of what is described above, but there are some damned crazy (and dangerous) people out there. I don't even like the idea of leaving my house at night wearing a uniform.

Before you all think I'm just being paranoid, I had a homeless guy who was "living" on my screened porch on the nights I worked. He had watched me leave in uniform, knowing I'd be gone for the next 13 hours or so. Found this out one night when I left to go to the store (at approximately the same time I'd have been leaving for work), and returned to find him all settled in for the night.

Just something to consider...

KellNY, RN

Specializes in High Risk In Patient OB/GYN.

Before you all think I'm just being paranoid, I had a homeless guy who was "living" on my screened porch on the nights I worked. He had watched me leave in uniform, knowing I'd be gone for the next 13 hours or so. Found this out one night when I left to go to the store (at approximately the same time I'd have been leaving for work), and returned to find him all settled in for the night.

Just something to consider...

While I totally respect your choice, as well as your reasoning, I'm not going to alter any part of my life in the off chance a homeless man will try to sleep on my property.

catslave

Specializes in LTC/SNF. Has 5 years experience.

You could but not something I'd choose to do as my profession is but a fragment of who I am as well as all the reasons stated by previous posts.

gonzo1, ASN, RN

Specializes in ED, ICU, PSYCH, PP, CEN. Has 18 years experience.

Statistics show there is a higher than average rate of violence against health care workers. It is safer to not advertise what you do. For this reason law enforcement agencys recommend not have license plates that say RN etc.

Also good reason to not advertise your job is drug seekers who may target you thinking you have access to drugs. The public doesn't realize that we don't have access to drugs anymore so it is better to keep yourself safe.

I prefer not to advertise what I do, too.

To add the the weird-"are you a nurse stories":

A fellow nurse and I were driving along a street in Baltimore to a scrub shop that has great prices. We were in ours scrubs, top down convertible on a gorgeous day. Stopped at a light, a weaving, wobbling man came up to the car and asked if we were nurses. Dear, batty friend in the car answered in the affirmative. The man said "I want you to take a look at this rash for me," and proceeded to drop his drawers right there on the street. Needless to say, I didn't wait for the light to change.

:lol2:

I think the "Are you a nurse?" stories need their own thread...

santhony44, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in FNP, Peds, Epilepsy, Mgt., Occ. Ed.

Of course, I'm sure most of us have forgotten and signed our initials behind our names on checks just from being in that mode!

It's never occurred to me to put that on my checks. I use my professional titles professionally.

While I totally respect your choice, as well as your reasoning, I'm not going to alter any part of my life in the off chance a homeless man will try to sleep on my property.
Luckily he was reasonably harmless.

I'm a single mom. I wasn't going to advertise to the world that I would be gone from home at night, or asleep during the day. Homeless guy or not.

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

I don't try to hide the fact that I'm an RN but I sure as heck don't shout it to the world, or put it on my checks, or on my license plate, or even wear a tshirt with RN on it. For the same reasons that KellNY mentioned. I tire very fast of people asking me for medical advice, or "hey, you're a nurse, what do you know about....".

That said, I have: 1) inadvertently signed my checks "Arwen U, RN", especially if I'm stopping by the store on the way from work (force of habit); and 2) stopped to see if help was needed at the scene of accidents, and told them I am a nurse.

I suppose you could, but there's no way I would. I happen to think it's kinda dorky; when I'm at work I sign Jane Doe, RN about a thousand times a shift. Go outta my way to do that? No.

Except, of course, for the times I'm coming off a shift and sign a check for my kid's school with RN after my name, LOL, or when I'm signing a charge receipt and do the same thing! It's not intentional, it's a muscle spasm.

I'm proud of what I do. I don't need the lady at the billing office of the cable company knowing my occupation.

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