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Vanity Plates?

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Specializes in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Has 3 years experience.

Random curiosity propelled me to create this post.

Have you ever seen anyone driving in your town, city, or highway with those license plates that state, RN, PA, NP, MD on the back?

What do you all think about that? Is that something you would consider doing?

What benefits could you see from doing it; or do you think the negatives of having one of those plates outweigh the positives?

Why would you, or why wouldn't you get professional vanity plates?

-mrcleanscrubs

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

This has been discussed here before on AN with a mixed concensus. Physicians already have a courtesy designation plate. But not the others except to pay for something out-of-pocket. And that doesn't fly well, at least for me.

Maybe if something were free I'd have considered it. What would you be gaining, it is called a 'vanity' plate? I cant see any practical use, not even special parking privileges for 'visiting nurse staff' happens.

Handicap parking works; military veteran service staff evokes only a passing observational interest. What else could you expect - someone running around trying to find the 'RN' driver to render emergency first-aid, only to find out that kid sister was borrowing RN's car?

It was something that I thought of when the newness of my early licensure was brand new. That wore off very quickly.

Not much interest, I guess.

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NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

I don't have a true vanity plate (personalized), but I have the Indiana "Be a Nurse" license plate design for my vehicle. I can think of on incidence that it prevented me from getting a ticket. I passed an unmarked state police car. He speed up, pull up behind me, flashed his red and blue lights for half a second. Once I slowed down, he pull into the left lane and drove on. I used to have an Indiana EMS design plate many years ago. My ex-girlfriend borrowed my car to take to work for a week and was pulled over twice for speeding and was only given a warning each time. I believe that there is "Professional Courtesy" between the police and Nurses/EMS.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

I found a previous thread here that asked "Putting RN on license plate?"

Interesting responses, esp precautionary, FEMALE SAFETY ones.

Did some quick Google research. Each state has information.

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 40 years experience.

I'm not into vanity plates. Can't be bothered to spend the money. But I did see a good one in Red Deer, Alberta several years ago.

RN2 LNG

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

20 minutes ago, amoLucia said:

I found a previous thread here that asked "Putting RN on license plate?"

Interesting responses, esp precautionary, FEMALE SAFETY ones.

Did some quick Google research. Each state has information.

There are a lot of things (decals) that females put in their back windows of their vehicles that identify it as a female's car.

Broadcasting nursy stuff = 😭

The shirts, the bags, the heart stuff all over everything, caduceus, etc. All of it, including vanity plates.

Occasionally/rarely see something that would be my taste/style.

Personal opinion.

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 15 years experience.

4 minutes ago, JKL33 said:

Broadcasting nursy stuff = 😭

The shirts, the bags, the heart stuff all over everything, caduceus, etc. All of it, including vanity plates.

Occasionally/rarely see something that would be my taste/style.

Personal opinion.

Ditto. It's all a hard no for me.

There are a lot of crazies out there that think nurses carry drugs around with them. Way too dangerous for me to take the risk.

Insert giant eye roll!

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

1 hour ago, sevensonnets said:

There are a lot of crazies out there that think nurses carry drugs around with them. Way too dangerous for me to take the risk.

This was true eons back when I did some Visiting Nurse. We had a dashboard card so we could park in restricted parking areas for our visits. Several of our nurses got scoped out and had car break-ins and were being physically approached. Per our agency, we had to stop displaying the cards for our safety.

I was once met at my car by some woman who started asking me medical questions. Didn't have any license plate, just my stethoscope on my car seat. She WAS parked next to me.

EDNURSE20, BSN

Specializes in ED, med-surg, peri op. Has 4 years experience.

Ugh. I don’t get the whole ‘I’m a nurse, my life/identity revolves around it, everyone needs to know’ putting it on your car/anything else is just stupid!

I knew a doctor that had the plate number, POO Dr, was More of a joke, so that was OK.

I once worked with an arrogant transplant surgeon whose license plate said “gre8MD. Oh brother.

The best vanity plate I saw as a sports car flew by me was “Zoomnbyya”

I recently saw two Missouri tags (I do not live in Missouri). One read I hart rehab and the other one said I gotap. Took me a minute to get the second one! My RT friend's tag is SPUTUM.

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.

I don't wear or display anything that identifies me as a nurse in public. If I want to get involved I can do it verbally, and my skills/knowledge will prove I'm in the nurse mafia.

In my experience, those that display EMT/RN are not the best of the best, though they want to be.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

2 minutes ago, canoehead said:

In my experience, those that display EMT/RN are not the best of the best, though they want to be.

Or they THINK they are.

adventure_rn, BSN

Specializes in NICU, PICU.

On 6/15/2020 at 4:45 PM, JKL33 said:

Broadcasting nursy stuff = 😭

The shirts, the bags, the heart stuff all over everything, caduceus, etc. All of it, including vanity plates.

But there are some that are SO FUNNY!

I seriously love this page on Etsy, run by a PICU nurse--there are so many t-shirts that I'd love to have, but only my nurse friends would get. I wish that my hospital still let us wear t-shirts with our scrub pants.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGraytestAdventure?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=558586771&section_id=22554474&page=1#items

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😂

The ones with the hearts/brains that have the different anatomy labels actually drawn into the illustration are super-cool.

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Granted, none of them are just like, "I'm a Nurse ❤️"

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I have an RN plate. Nothing fancy. Gets me out of tickets therefore it saves me money. It’s my plate. Why should it bother a single soul on the planet what it is or says?