So I was sitting in an Emergency Room today when a secretary yells out, "oh doctor" in an attempt to get the attention of an Emergency Room Doctor walking past. All of a sudden this RN turns around yells out, "What." Everyone turns in complete silence and looks at this RN with that WTF look. After a moment of awkward silence, the doctor replies, "I think she was talking to me." Another RN turns to me and explains that the RN in question just completed her doctorate in Nursing a few weeks ago. The RN overheard the other nurse explain to me that she just obtained her doctorate, looked at me and said, "Well I guess I'm going to be getting that more often." Every nurse within an ear shot rolled their eyes and took off in different directions shaking their heads in disapproval. The awkward interaction got me thinking if someone should be addressing themselves as "Doctor" just because they've obtained a doctorate, especially in a medical setting? I believe having a "doctorate" and being a "doctor" are completely different and those lines should not be crossed. But thats just my opinion and I was wondering what some others here though about that situation. . .