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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.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Winning designs for new badge

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.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Sue Johnson with Luke Axworthy

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.


Readers' comments (8)

  • I think qualified nurse is inappropriate.
    It should say registered nurse.

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  • registered nurse sounds more appropriate, I agree.

    long service doesn't necessarily imply good service but one would hope these wouldn't be awarded on length alone although I would have little confidence this is always the case. it can be a matter of who you know!

    I am against singling out people all paid to do their job and provide excellent service, having seen the product in the guise of senior student 'nurse of the year' awarded a gold medal and another who received similar accolade for always handing an immaculate ward on time to Sister but both cutting corners in patient care in the process, such as in the first case, only washing faces and hands instead of a full bed bath and the 'blue belt' senior staff nurse cooking the four hourly obs. book as it was quicker just to fill in the values than go round each patient to measure them!

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  • Yes, I've seen those nurses too and am against individual awards.

    Yes, registered nurse is correct. Qualified nurse is so 1980s!

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  • Well done Plymouth. Great to see nurses showing pride in their profession and the place they practice.

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  • No doubt the word 'qualified' was decided upon for the patient's benefit as it is a word well recognised, if not entirely appropriate. The long service award badge is probably intended to demonstrate how well the organisation retains its staff, and whilst I agree that long service definitely does not necessarily mean good service, it is my experience that patients often feel more confident if the nurse looking after them has had a few years experience after completing training, however probably depends upon the patient's needs at the time. I still possess four badges, two for the hospitals I trained at when I completed my general and midwifery training and two from the awarding bodies at that time, (I do not wear them). I wonder why the NMC, which takes so much of our money, cannot just give newly 'qualified' nursing staff a 'registered nurse' badge to wear to demonstrate their success.

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  • with all the bad press and comments which follow from a highly significant who have had very poor experiences it would be good to see nurses concentrate on excellence and safety in patient care instead of obsessing about badges, uniforms and their appearance. all should be given a uniform to wear and ensure they appear in it looking clean, smart and professional.

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  • If you have comments to make be honest and put your name to them.Some of these anonymous comments are rude and undeserved.

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  • with all the unnecessary deaths in the nhs due to poor care nurses should be looking at themselves and concentrating on their job and how to make improvements rather than obsessing about which type of badge they want.

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