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.
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.
“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.