ETHICAL PROBLEMS: What's in a name (badge)?

August 2004 
Volume 34  Number 8
Pages 11 - 11
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(8)             August 2004             p 11 What's in a name (badge)? [ETHICAL PROBLEMS: NURSING CREDENTIALS]


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, ...

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