Nurses Are Doctors Too

Dr. Donna Alden-Bugden, RN(NP), DNP
Dr. Donna Alden-Bugden, RN(NP), DNP Winnipeg, Manitoba 17 Comments
34 Signatures Goal: 10,000

Please sign my petition to support my campaign to allow all nurses with doctorate degrees to use the title Doctor or Dr. This title should not be a protected title that belongs only to physicians, chiropractors, naturopaths, podiatrists, and pharmacists. Nurses have also earned doctoral degrees that should give them the right to use the doctor title.

A campaign to change the law that protects the title Dr. or Doctor to apply only to physicians, chiropractors, pharmacists, naturopaths, dentists, podiatrists, and optometrists. All of these professions are allowed to use the title Dr. in a clinical setting with a caveat that states what they are; for example Dr. Jones, chiropractor. Nurses should be legally allowed to do this as well. Dr. Jones, Nurse Practitioner. Many in the medical profession believe that having Nurse Practitioners or Nurses use the title Dr. in the clinical setting would be confusing to patients. If it is confusing for nurses to call themselves Dr. in the clinical setting then it would be equally confusing to have chiropractors, pharmacists, naturopaths, dentists, and podiatrists call themselves Dr. in the clinical setting. This is not a rational reason why nurses cannot use the title that they legally earned at a University....and then it is taken away by the legislation.

Please sign my petition and/or contribute to my GoFundMe campaign

https://GoFundMe.com/NursesAreDoctorsToo

See link to the right for signing my petition


Dr. Donna Alden-Bugden,NP,DNP

  • Holly Cabell
    Holly Cabell United States, Portsmouth
    Jul 23, 2017
    Jul 23, 2017
    The title doctor should not be reserved for male dominated positions only. If you earn it you should definitely use it.
  • Tammy Hagyard-Wiebe NP
    Tammy Hagyard-Wiebe NP Canada, Stony Mountain
    Jan 17, 2017
    Jan 17, 2017
    This petition should not be necessary! Refer to yourself as Doctor ------Nurse Practitioner . Why is this difficult to understand ?
  • Florence M Alden
    Florence M Alden Canada, Hinton
    Jan 17, 2017
    Jan 17, 2017
    There are very valid reasons, that Nurse Practitioners should be called Dr. by profession.
  • Faith Donald
    Faith Donald Canada, Mississauga
    Jan 17, 2017
    Jan 17, 2017
    The public understands that optometrists, chiropractors, naturopaths, psychologists, practitioners of Chinese medicine, and dentists are not physicians. So why do the regulators think that the public wouldn't understand that NPs with a doctoral degree are also not physicians, but are entitled to use Dr. because of their academic qualifications. An audiologist in Ontario has taken this issue to court in June 2016 http://www.cbc.ca/ontariotoday/2016/06/28/who-gets-to-call-themselves-doctor/ From an anthropological/societal perspective, it's interesting that in the UK and parts of Europe, the 'doctors' were university educated physicians who mainly worked in universities; whereas the barber surgeons were addressed as Mr. The title of doctor was seen as more prestigious and was adopted by physician societies in North America. When I finished my PhD, my British trained MD said, "Now you're the real Doctor".
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    Holly Cabell United States
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    Tammy Hagyard-Wiebe NP Canada
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    Florence M Alden Canada
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    theresa ometie Canada
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    Lorri Giffin Canada
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    wilma Koopman United States
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    Dr Sally Villasenor United States
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    Mary van Soeren Mexico
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    Cathy Scofield-Singh Canada
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    Sara Neyers United States
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    Christina HurlockChorostecki Canada
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    Alanda White United States
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    theresa ometie Canada
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    Brigitte Buhler Canada
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