Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services

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Letters to the Editor 

Alphabet Soup

Sharon Sousa, EdD, APRN, BC

Abstract

I just read Barbara Jones Warren’s guest editorial (“How Many Initials Do We Really Need Behind Our Names?”, January 2008, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 8–9) and was delighted. As a nursing faculty member at a state university, I absolutely share the sentiment about the madness of the need to add initials to our names in, nursing. The more initials I see, the more I’m reminded about the insecurity of nursing as a profession, as if more letters add to our professional credibility with the public. I believe that the message, in fact, is the converse—the more initials, the more confusion, the more insecurity, the less credibility with the public. I don’t know what we can do about it, but I, too, am upset about the topic.

Thanks for expressing the same sentiment I share. Even my initials are a confusion in so many ways!

Sharon Sousa, EdD, APRN, BC
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts…

To the Editor:

I just read Barbara Jones Warren’s guest editorial (“How Many Initials Do We Really Need Behind Our Names?”, January 2008, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 8–9) and was delighted. As a nursing faculty member at a state university, I absolutely share the sentiment about the madness of the need to add initials to our names in, nursing. The more initials I see, the more I’m reminded about the insecurity of nursing as a profession, as if more letters add to our professional credibility with the public. I believe that the message, in fact, is the converse—the more initials, the more confusion, the more insecurity, the less credibility with the public. I don’t know what we can do about it, but I, too, am upset about the topic.

Thanks for expressing the same sentiment I share. Even my initials are a confusion in so many ways!

Sharon Sousa, EdD, APRN, BC
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

10.3928/02793695-20080401-11

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