Full Name Please

Some hospitals have allowed nurses in certain departments, usually psychiatric units or emergency rooms, to go without last names on their badges, out of concern that nurses could be stalked.

At AMC nurses are required to have their full names. RMH has the option of leaving the last name off the badge. A spokeswoman for the hospital says RMH has always made sure patients know who is taking care of them, but for safety sake, last names are optional on tags. However, patients can find out the name in their medical record.

The rule change is NOT final until a 60-day public comment period is completed. RMH will express its concern.

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