How to Address a Nurse


——–(Full Name), (RN, LPN, or other post nominal)
—-—-(Name of practice, hospital, or clinic)

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear Mr./Ms. (Surname):


How Do I Address a Nurse Practitioner?

How would you address a nurse practitioner in writing?
—–John Doe, N.P.
—–Mr. John Doe, N.P.
———————–— Fred Bullard

Dear Mr. Bullard:
You never use both an honorific – Mr.– and a post-nominal – N.P.
It’s one or the other, not both at the same time.

John Doe, N.P. is the for official correspondence … on a envelope, or letter … to his office

Mr. John Doe is for social correspondence …. personal letter or card … to his home.

— Robert Hickey

How to Address a Nurse with a Ph.D.?

How do you address an envelope to Janice Wilson, (a widow) a retired nurse who is an R.N. and has a Ph.D.?
————————–– Director of Development, Health & Wellness Center

Nurses (and allied healthcare professionals: pharmacists, hospital administrators, physical therapists, etc.) are not addressed as Dr. (Name) at work. Only the physicians are addressed as Dr. (Name) to prevent confusion by the patients as to who is a doctor and who is not.

—-On an official envelope:
——–Janice Wilson, Ph.D., R.N.

—-—-Dear Ms. Wilson:

Maybe this is social? On social correspondence post-nominal abbreviations aren’t used. So, socially she might be using:

—-Social envelope:
—-—-Ms. (Her Name)

—-—-Mrs. (Husband’s Full Name)

‘Ms. (Her Name)’ is the standard form.

Mrs. (Husband’s Full Name)‘ might be right if you know her personally and kn0w this traditional form is her preference. Widows use this form for the rest of their lives – unless the remarry – if they choose to.

— Robert Hickey

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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