Student nurses at Swansea University will wear name badges from this month, after convincing the institution to back the “hello my name is” campaign.
More than 200 students from adult, mental health and children’s nursing courses will wear badges featuring the “hello my name is” logo, after the idea was suggested in class.
The campaign was launched by NHS doctor and cancer patient Kate Granger when she became frustrated at staff who failed to introduce themselves properly while she was in hospital.
Dr Kate Granger
It has won the backing of many nurses, including chief nursing officer for Wales Jean White, who praised it as a “simple but powerful message for all who care for others”.
Julia Pridmore, senior lecturer and quality improvement lead for Swansea’s pre-registration nursing programme, said students flagged up the name badge idea as an example of good practice during a lesson.
“It is a very simple, small-scale change that could have a big impact with hundreds of students wearing these badges,” she told Nursing Times. “I am absolutely delighted that it was an initiative that came from students,” she said. “It shows the value of a questioning and open attitude.”
“It is a very simple, small-scale change that could have a big impact”
The Swansea name badges will feature the campaign logo and the university plans to extend them to students on other healthcare-related courses in the future.
Ms Pridmore added: “We talk an awful lot about the need to treat patients with dignity and respect and communicate effectively, and it’s such a big part of normal human interaction to say ‘hello my name is’ when you greet someone.”