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Plymouth Hospital to bring back nursing badges

Senior nurses at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust have decided to reintroduce a hospital badge to recognise the “hard work and dedication” of nursing and midwifery staff.

The new badges will be awarded to all registered and non-registered nursing and midwifery staff at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Derriford Hospital.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Derriford Hospital

They will be awarded after one year of service and after more than 10 years.

The trust’s nursing and midwifery managers have worked in collaboration with students from Plymouth College of Art to come up with designs for two badges.

The shortlisted designs are now being shared with our staff for them to pick the design they prefer.

The winning badge design will be unveiled by Greg Dix, the trust’s director of nursing, at the #WeCare Nursing and Midwifery Conference on 13 May.

Sue Johnson, head of nursing for surgery, said: “When I qualified, I received a badge which was representative of the nursing school that I had attended and the two hospitals where I had completed my training.

“The badge was in recognition of my achievements, but it also gave me a sense of belonging and it evidenced my commitment to those hospitals and I still wear it to this day with pride. 

Greg Dix

Greg Dix

“Here at the trust we have been working on a project to introduce a ‘Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust’ badge in recognition of our nursing and midwifery staff, and the fantastic job that they all do every day,” said Ms Johnson.

“We are very proud of our nursing and midwifery colleagues and we hope they will wear our hospital badge with pride,” she added.

Readers' comments (10)

  • Wonder what that's going to cost then.

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  • I assume that the recent doubling of the parking charges at Derriford Hospital will go some way to pay for this unnecessary token?!

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  • yes, head nurse of the year (3rd year student) awarded a gold medal who I worked with on nights as a first year - just the two of us and she was in charge. told me I worked well but was too slow. the ward had to be immaculate by the time Sister arrived which I noted was always the priority of the well respected senior students and staff nurses. my advice/orders from her for speeding up were that because patients don't get dirty in bed (on our general surgical ward) your don't do a full bed bath but just hands and face! After all she advised, nobody sees what goes on behind the curtains!

    When I worked abroad we all worked together in the team at the same level, no silly ranks or decorations to distinguish us. patients were our focus and not our personal adornments! it was strictly taboo to talk about salaries but we were all paid on a scale according to our qualifications, age and years of post-qualified experience for the same job of work and over 50s were rewarded with an extra week's holiday - 6 weeks plus numerous bank holidays.

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  • I would rather they had not doubled the cost of parking. The cost of these badges could have been put to keeping the car parking prices down. Guess that is too much to ask.

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  • The problem is that everyone seems to want everything for nothing. This is not about the parking charge, this is about having a sense of pride in the establishment you work in. I have a number of hospital badges that I was awarded when I completed my training or a post registration course. Well done Plymouth for team building.

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  • the problem is they won't mean a thing to anybody except perhaps a few working in the hospital and some who receive them.

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  • We try and improve staff morale, only to slap it down by ourselves, by the majority of posts. Definition nursing in a nutshell, I'm afraid to say.

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  • I'm dual qualified and of an age that I have two hospital badges - that are stamped as silver on the back - never worn them never really taken them out of the boxes. I don't quite understand badges as recognition or belonging - seems a very superficial way to convey this, I'd rather have additional holiday days for my long service, more meaningful/useful to me, but I recognise that this could prove even more costly than the badges. I hope that they are going to undertake an evaulation of their project to see if it does make a difference.

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  • Anonymous | 17-Apr-2014 0:26 am

    Surely nursing has more serious problems to worry about such as adequate care for their patients? sort that in a more mature manner first and then see about the goodies!

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  • Anonymous | 22-Apr-2014 4:40 pm

    seems there is something a bit wrong with professional values if it does make a difference.

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