(Houston, TX USA)
Whilst some may feel it is deceptive to call yourself doctor when you are a DNP, the fact is that you will be treated with more respect by patients and families alike if you are seen as a “doctor” administering anesthesia vs a nurse administering anesthesia. It all boils down to perception, doctors are trusted more by patients than nurses are.
Comments for Call me doctor, please!
Sep 16, 2014
This is what i call a ignoramus (look at statement above).
Apr 04, 2013
I agree NEW
by: Kara, CRNA Student
MD = Medical Doctor
DNP = Doctor of Nursing Practice
Both have the word “Doctor” in it. If you address your patient initially as follows, I see nothing wrong with saying you are their Doctor:
“Hi ____, my name is Dr. ____ and I will be your Nurse Anesthetist during your surgery.” clarify what that means if they need explanations.
Mar 28, 2012
the meaning of doctor NEW
by: lowry ginting, DVM.
Doctor is a latin word which means teacher not physician.
Oct 10, 2011
Yes, a Doctor!
MD does not equal ‘Doctor’. There is no reason for a nurse to have to humble themself just to save MDs’ egos. If a nurse earns a doctorate they have every right to call themselves a doctor. The principal at my daughter’s elementary school has all the kids call him ‘Doctor Gorman’. Are you going to accuse him of being misleading? You might as well – do you think a kindergardner knows the difference between a Doctor as a principal and a Doctor as a MD?
MD’s egos are out of control. A MD is only one kind of doctor, and they do not have the word ‘doctor’ copyrighted. The word indicates an academic achievement that can be had in many different fields. I will not cheapen my achievements because of MD’s compulsion to keep nurses ‘in thier place’.
May 01, 2011
NOT A DOCTOR
you are not an MD so you should not be called doctor. if you wanted to be called doctor you should have gone to medical school an became an anesthesiologist.
Mar 26, 2011
that is called deception. NOT cool, many patients and families will be upset if you present yourself as an MD instead of a CRNA with a few extra research classes done on a computer