August 2004, Volume 34 Number 8 , p 11 - 11
© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(8) August 2004 p 11 What's in a name (badge)? [ETHICAL PROBLEMS: NURSING CREDENTIALS]
SALLADAY, SUSAN A. RN, PhD
At our hospital, staff members' credentials are listed on ID badges so patients can immediately see whether their caregiver is an RN, LPN, CNA, and so forth. Recently a patient I was caring for read my name badge, asked what “LPN” means, and demanded “to see a real nurse.” I was calmly explaining my credentials and scope of practice to her when an RN rushed into the room. He said, “I'll take over from here” and asked me to leave .
Is this an ethical issue and, if so, what should I do? —G.R., ALA.
Without more facts, I can't say if this is an ethical issue or a simple misunderstanding. If you can show that you've been prevented, ...