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Legal advice: The legal repercussions of referring to yourself as a nurse

My neighbour works in a residential home and calls herself nurse when she introduces herself to people. I have told her that she cannot do this as she is not registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Am I right?

Question: My neighbour works in a residential home and calls herself nurse when she introduces herself to people. I have told her that she cannot do this as she is not registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Am I right?

The short answer to your question is no. Your neighbour is entitled to call herself a nurse whether she is registered with the NMC or not.

I am not registered with the NMC anymore, yet if you look at the byline below this column you will see that I call myself a qualified nurse. This is perfectly legitimate and I even have a letter from the NMC telling me I can do this.

It is possible that you are confusing the protected title of ‘registered nurse’ with that of nurse. While anyone can lay claim to the title of nurse, only those properly registered with

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