A new way of identifying senior nurses on the wards is being tried out at hospitals in part of Lincolnshire.
As part of a pilot on medical wards at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, the nurse in charge on each shift will now be wearing a red badge with the words “shift leader” on it.
Earlier this year the trust rolled out yellow name badges for staff who work face-to-face with patients. The badges are bright yellow with the staff member’s name and job title in large black writing.
“These red badges are a simple but effective way to identify who the nurse in charge is”
Paul Kirton Watson
The trust said the initiative followed feedback from patients that they did not know always the name of the member of staff caring for them.
Now in addition to the yellow badges, it has been announced that the senior nurse in charge on the shift will be wearing a red badge too.
Paul Kirton Watson, associate chief nurse for medicine, said: “It’s important that our patients and their visitors can identify who the senior nurse is on the ward from shift to shift. It’s not always the nurse with the darkest blue uniform.
“Patients have told us they don’t know who is in charge; these red badges are a simple but effective way to identify who the nurse in charge is,” he said.
“That way if any patient, relative or indeed member of staff wants to speak to the senior nurse on the ward, they just need to look out for the red badge,” he added.