Updated: Jul 23, 2023
Published Jun 14, 2009
It seems like too much to have First Last, RNC MSN FNP.
I thought of even just doing 1st line First Last and 2nd Line Nurse Practitioner.
There are still people that aren't very familiar with NPs...I think using all those letters could just be confusing. So...what is embroidered on your lab coats or do you wear a name badge instead?
traumaRUs, MSN, APRN
I have "traumaRUs", APN and that's it. In IL, we are required to have "APN" after our name, not necessarily CNS, NP, CNP, CRNA.
I have a long and difficult to pronounce name so my first and last name is a line in itself.
I do have one lab coat where I have "traumaRUs, APN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist but its so darn crowded it looks silly. So...much depends on what your state requires and how long your name is.
I live in Florida, we are ARNP. I have my name, ARNP-BC. I am certified through the ANCC.
Does your institution require the lab coat?
I usually have a coffee stain...
But I only put NP after my name, If I were to spell out all of my credentials it would be longer than my name. And onyone who has credentials wraping around to their armpit has issues in my mind.
I only wear my labcoat when I round in the hospital. The pockets are usefull, copies of progress notes for billing, supplies to remove chest tubes ect.. In the clinic I have scrubs that have my name with NP on it then my name tag.
My last lab coat: JDCitizen, FNP-C
Don't wear one now :-)
Name badge says it all - VivaRN, FNP, MPH
It's not the credentials I should have legally (APRN-BC) but no one seems to care. All of us NP's have something different. Some put RN, FNP. Some put only APRN. It's laughable. No wonder patients are confused!
Corey Narry, MSN, RN, NP
We do not have an institutional policy regarding credentials on our lab coats so I do see quite a bit of variation in titles as far as NP's go. I also do not wear my lab coat consistently as it tends to get in the way when I have to gown up and do procedures in the patient's rooms. However, I doubt if patients can actually read the letters on the lab coats. Our name badges are more easily distinguishable and we do have an instututional policy that only the words "Nurse Practitioner" is displayed below our name on the hospital badge.
On my labcoat:
RNsrgr8t, RN, CPNP
On my ID badge :
Advanced Practice Nurse
The labcoat is our choice what we want on there, I have a rather long name so RN, CPNP is the only thing that will fit. Our ID badges are hospital policy. Since there are so many different credentials for the APN's, they call all of us that. I don't have to wear a labcoat but I do b/c I like having all of the pockets for all of the stuff I carry with me (pager, palm pilot, business cards, pens, calculator etc.)
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