Recently Auntiedodo wrote "Please DONT CALL THEM NURSES, it’s an insult to those of us who actually are."
The women in mom's nursing home are frequently referred to as nurse by the residents, although among the staff they are called "the girls" (as in, "I'll get one of the girls to come and help you"). Uhm, no.
Personally I'm at a loss as to what form of address to use if I can't remember their actual name. For example I see _______ is getting out of her wheelchair and is going to fall, I'm not gonna call for a PSW! Aide! Caregiver! (Girl! lol)
Nurse gets used because it is one syllable and it traditionally described a person who gave care, even though the title Nurse should be reserved for those who have earned it. Any thoughts?