Laws to protect the title "nurse"

  1. These states have a law to protect the title "nurse" to safeguard the public against those who are not nurses but identify themselves as such. Although not being enforced using the title "nurse" by an unlicensed person is punishable by law. Colorado, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arizone, California, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Indiana and Texas. * Legislation introduced in 2004 in New York and Missouri.
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    I thought this was the case everywhere. I know you can't use that title unless you are an LPN/RPN or RN in Canada.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    It would appear in the USA, things are different. Seems they are calling all kinds of people "nurse" who have NOT earned the title or carry the legal responsibilities we do.
  5. by   DutchgirlRN
    And that's my point. Who in their right mind would want to use the title of nurse if they really weren't? They obviously don't know the legal ramifications of what they're doing nor the doctors they work for. We need to take back our profession. We have worked too hard to get those letters behind our names to let other people run around saying "I'm a nurse". It makes me really mad. I have nothing against MA's. I know there's a definately place for them but let them wear name tags,
    S.Jones M.A. The American public is being taken for fools everyday (in doctors offices) !
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I'm pushing for it in Virginia and West Virginia.
  7. by   mattsmom81
    Hey there is now a big push for vet techs to be called nurses too...they want LVN..'.licensed veterinary nurse'. Apparently they don't know or don't care that title is already taken by 'people nurses'. <sigh>

    'Everybody wants to get into the act'...love whoever said that, and seems everybody now wants to cash in on the public's trust of NURSES, from CNA's and MA's to vet techs.

    We need to expose docs and their office staff who try to pass their office staff off as nurses, and notify the AMA and the state nursing boards for prosecution.
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
  9. by   DutchgirlRN
    Seriously would it take an act of Congress to make it illegal for lay people to use our title "nurse"? It seems these states say it's illegal yet they do nothing to enforce it. I'm up for a trip to D.C. !
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    what I don't get is why so many can't see protecting the title of "nurse" is really an act of protecting the PUBLIC from HARM?

    And I am disgusted to see WA has nothing on the books. Time to write a few letters to Olympia. No problem; have done that before.

    Thank you for that info, Karen. As usual, you are a font of information.
  11. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    what I don't get is why so many can't see protecting the title of "nurse" is really an act of protecting the PUBLIC from HARM?

    And I am disgusted to see WA has nothing on the books. Time to write a few letters to Olympia. No problem; have done that before.

    Thank you for that info, Karen. As usual, you are a font of information.
    Exactly you think the public, those who know, would be outraged ! I have nothing against medical assistants, they have a place in healthcare and there are many good ones, I'm just mad about the ones who call themselves "nurses" and the doctors who call them "nurses". They should know better!
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
    Quote from dutchgirlrn
    seriously would it take an act of congress to make it illegal for lay people to use our title "nurse"?
    answer: no

    because under the us laws, "licensure" is a state controlled consumer protection function based on individual state laws. no federal juristiction.

    contact your state legislators:

    [color=#008080]aol 's government guide:
    --just type in zip code:
    http://www.governmentguide.com/main.adp
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 23, '05
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    what I don't get is why so many can't see protecting the title of "nurse" is really an act of protecting the PUBLIC from HARM?

    EXACTLY!
  14. by   Thunderwolf
    This is oh so sad.

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