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"a nurse increasing his or her education & certification makes clear his or her commitment..."
so a nurse who enters practice with an ADN, maintains competency as evidenced by meeting their state's requirements at time of renewal, as well as by attending in-house ed programs, local events and online, but does not acquire a string of extra letters or pursue further academics (for whatever reason, like working 40+ hours week with rotating shifts and a few doubles as a single parent with caregiver responsibilities for aging parents, etc)
so based on what you said, if I understand you correctly, they haven't made clear their commitment
2/3/2024 4:51:19 PM

I love being a nurse for what it allows me to do. My career spanned hospital & academic nursing & though I’m now retired, I maintain my license & a circumscribed area of competence that I do not practice outside of. I was never more glad to have maintained that license than in Spring 2021 when, after becoming fully vaccinated against COVID, I volunteered over a hundred hours at an immunization clinic - people actually cried with joy at becoming vaccinated. Though I was also gratified to be a nurse during a private moment at a recent party when I congratulated a friend on his recent weight loss; he responded with thanks, confessed his history of NIDDM & mentioned his initial frustration with how slowly his A1C dropped I responded with a brief explanation of tge relationship between weight loss, insulin receptor sites & increase efficiency of transporting insulin out of the blood & into cells - he was enthralled with the explanation & I was happy to be helpful.

And re having a lot of initials after my name (not quite as many letters as my name) I think that a nurse increasing his or her education & certification makes clear his or her commitment to his or her profession.
Tina DeLapp, EdD, MS, Rn, FAAN.
2/1/2024 9:27:15 PM

I do have to agree with the previous poster. I happen to live in an academic retirement community where some people’s “signatures” read like a CV. It is academic hubris, totally unnecessary and ends up being a point of derision. In articles and blog posts, a foot note describing credentials is so much more appropriate and validate the writers expertise much more than a list of undecided-herable,issues following a name (which most people have no idea what most of them mean). We’re way beyond RN’s having cutesy identities (unless you’re practicing in pediatrics) and needing a string of letters to prove our competency.
2/1/2024 6:08:35 PM

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I ask - why do you list more letters after your name than are contained IN your name? Isn't RN and one other enough? The rest can go on your resume. What other group of people do this besides nurses? Thanks, Nurse Gerard
2/1/2024 3:52:59 PM