How should nurses address patients and is it appropriate to ask to use first names? What do you think?
We will be discussing this on twitter using #patientnames
The recently published Dignity Code by the National Pensioners Convention, says that older people should be addressed formally, rather than by their first name.
Last week Delivering Dignity, a report from the Commission on Dignity in Care for Older People, also highlighted problems with the language used to describe patients. It criticised the use of terms such a bed blocker, or referring to patients by their conditions for example as “the stroke”.
Should nurses always address patients as Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms unless invited to use their first name?