Designs unveiled for new Plymouth nursing badges
The winning designs have been unveiled for new hospital badges for nursing and midwifery staff at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
As revealed in April, senior nurses at the Devon trust, which runs Derriford Hospital, decided to reintroduce a hospital badge to recognise the “hard work and dedication” of nursing and midwifery staff.
Students at Plymouth College of Art were asked to come up with potential designs and the winners were revealed on Tuesday’s at the organisation’s #WeCare Nursing and Midwifery Conference.
The badges will be awarded to all registered and non-registered nursing and midwifery staff after one year of service and after more than 10 years.
The chosen badges, designed by Luke Axworthy, feature a lighthouse with a white cross on a red or blue background. It was selected as the overall winner by trust staff from four shortlisted designs.
He said: “I was inspired by the Florence Nightingale medal with the cross and a singular image of a lighthouse – a symbol of strength, stability and hope, which is what nurses and midwives represent.”
Head of nursing for surgery Sue Johnson added: “We decided that the fairest way to select an overall winner would be to share the designs with our staff and ask them to pick their favourite.
“I would like to say thank you to all who took part and a special thanks to Luke. We look forward to now having the designs made up and seeing our nursing and midwifery colleagues wearing their hospital badge with pride,” she said.
The college received around 25 submissions from students for the badge design and shortlisted them down to the final four.
More than 604 votes were cast by staff at the trust with the winning design receiving 278 of these.