ADVICE, P.R.N.: Mad about badge

November 2004 
Volume 34  Number 11
Pages 12 - 12
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(11)             November 2004             p 12 Mad about badge [ADVICE, P.R.N.: RN CREDENTIALS]


I'm an RN working as a coder and chart auditor at a community hospital. Several months ago, the hospital transferred me to a new supervisor, a radiologic technologist with the title “technical coordinator.” (My previous supervisor was an RN.) Although my new supervisor has neither a college degree nor a license to practice nursing, she's been given the authority to supervise RNs, clerical staff, and other technicians .

Last week this supervisor told me to remove the “RN” from my name badge, even though I'm in good standing with the licensing board. Outraged, I went up the chain of command to her supervisor, another RN. He backed her up, saying that displaying my credentials exposes the hospital to possible ...

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