A minor crisis threatened when someone proposed, in the name of enhancing accountability, that an RN’s ID tag ought to read initial (or first name), full last name, RN. That is “A. Nurse RN” or “Annie Nurse RN” instead of “Annie N. RN” which is currently done.
From the uproar, you would have thought Management was sacrificing children on the hospital roof to the God of Fiscal Responsibility. Up went the moan from the female nurses — the guys didn’t seem bothered one way or the other — “People will know our names! And track us down and murder us in our sleep! Or Worse!”
When I write “Really” in its own paragraph, you have to imagine a slightly sarcastic tone, and me rolling my eyes.
In point of fact, all of our names are available in the Public Register at the College of Nurses website. And if someone was truly interested and determined in stalking a nurse — even a middle-aged, boobs-sagging and I-can’t-be-bothered-dye-my-hair nurse — then he/she’s probably going to follow you home anyway. Are there any actual cases of a nurse being stalked because the stalker learned her full name from an ID tag? Or is this just a paranoid fantasy?
I concede the nurse/ID card/stalker scenario is theoretically possible. It is also theoretically possible a meteor will slam through the roof, killing and maiming dozens, and yet there are no outraged cries for meteor-proof roofs, are there?
The issue has probably more to do with how nurses value themselves and imagine their profession. How many female physicians’ name tags, after all, read “Suzie P. MD”?