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A Name Change to Create a Sea Change: Nursing Introductions Using First and Last Names

Henneman, Elizabeth A. PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN; Cardin, Suzette DNSc, RN, FAAN

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: March/April 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 2 - p 64–65
doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000027
Leadership DIMENSION

The purpose of this article was to urge all nurses to include both their first and last names when introducing themselves to patients, families, and health care colleagues. The current standard for professional nursing introductions for nurses providing direct patient care is unclear and warrants renewed discussion.

Elizabeth A. Henneman, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, is associate professor, College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Suzette Cardin, DNSc, RN, FAAN, is assistant dean of student affairs and adjunct associate professor, UCLA School of Nursing, Los Angeles, California.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Elizabeth A. Henneman, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, 226 Skinner Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01060 (

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