Our name tags also used first name, but that is the practice in hospitals in this area. ... J.D.s can now call themselves doctors … I think that we need to respect the patient's right to choose a medical provider and allowing nurses or PA's or pharmacists to call themselves "Doctor" when introducing themselves causes confusion. Surgeons are not the top Doctors firstly, they are on par with other consultant Doctors in the UK. In 2011, the New York Senate proposed a bill that would bar nurses from advertising themselves as “doctors… The issue is with the term “provider” and how a group of highly trained physicians who have in most cases spent well over a decade in training have allowed themselves to be grouped under this umbrella term. Most call me this. And, I have a couple who call me, Nurse … This new group, the ancestor of the modern GP, took care of the whole family: diagnosing, delivering babies, compounding and dispensing drugs, and other surgical tasks. I think this directly relates to the (awesome) discussion that was started two posts… These proposals are not limited to Florida. By the way, in your hypothetical, if a family nurse practitioner answered the call, would you force them to sit back down and not render aid? Many MA refer themselves as nurses because colloquially people call anyone that is not a doctor, a nurse. This ‘doctoring’ verb made it easy to call medical practitioners ‘doctors’. It appears that physicians are upset about the whole DNP situation, and are about to put up a fight. If they try to explain their positions, it often creates confusion or even trouble (when a patient declines protocol until they see who they want). The best argument for calling doctors of nursing practice, “Dr.” is because they have, in fact, earned the title. I just read an article regarding nurses calling themselves "doctor." If someone enters the room and says; "Hi, I'm Doctor Smith. Others call me, Dr. First name. Most physician’s assistants (PAs) that I have encountered are comfortable with their patients addressing them by their first name. After reading the article I had more questions and frustrations than ever! As a nurse practitioner and nurse midwife of many years, I enter the room and say "Hi, I'm Jacque a nurse-midwife (nurse practitioner if more appropriate). They refer to themselves as Mr as it’s an old tradition dating back to when surgeons used to be barbers. Like others here, they know I'm not a physician and continue to call me this despite my corrections. The icing on the cake is that she walks into patients' rooms wearing a white coat and introduces herself as a medical doctor. That alone is shitty and unprofessional coming from a physician, and even worse coming from a practitioner than didn't go to medical school and used to a nurse. I introduce myself as, Ms. Last Name, your Nurse Practitioner. Some call me, Missy First name. ", I'm going to think they are a physician. The same holds for nurse practitioners (NPs). (In fact, nurse practitioner or physician assistant sounds far more professional than provider anyway!) Secondly, in a clinical setting, having someone introduce themselves as Doctor and a Nurse is wholly confusing for the patient. The rise of the surgeon-apothecary from the mid-18th century consolidated this shift in address.