I have a question regarding the proper alignment of degrees and certifications following my name. I will soon finish a Masters of Science in Health Sciences and also hold an MSN. I am also an RN and FNP-BC. How would this flow following my name for proper title etiquette?
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Multiple Degrees,
Listing your degrees first is typically preferred in an academic setting but otherwise you can go either way; both are correct. If you are employed in a setting where you must sign your name and credentials, follow your employer’s policy. Otherwise you’re free to do as you please.
I use the RN first and then my highest degree but that is a personal preference. It is optional for you to list both of your master’s degrees. Some would consider it overkill and a case of initial-itis.” You would list all degrees on a resume or employment application but do not necessarily need to use all of them in a signature line.
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA