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Nurses badges

Nurses badge

Launch of the Nursing & Midwifery Long Service Badge 2017 on Nurses Day Friday 12 May 

This badge will be awarded to eligible staff by Carolyn Mills, on behalf of the Trust in recognition and appreciation, of their dedication and commitment to nursing at University Hospitals Bristol.

The design of the long service badge is based on the hospital badge launched last year and designed by nurses from the Trust. The long service badge will be identified through colour and years services

Blue - 5 years, Bronze-10 years, Silver -20 years and Gold- 30 years.                                                                                

You will probably remember that a new University Hospitals Bristol nursing badge was launched on Nurses day 2016, supported by Above and Beyond charity. It has been awarded to RNs, Midwives and NAs that have been nominated and won recognition for specific areas of practice or leadership where they have excelled and to newly qualified nurses completing the Trusts twelve month preceptorship programme.

The concept of a nursing hospital badge for UHBristol has really captured the hearts and minds of the nursing workforce in a way that I had not anticipated, with many nurses contacting the Chief Nurse team to ask how they might be awarded one

In response to these requests we have worked with Above and Beyond who have supported the development of a long service badge for nurses and midwives.            

Individuals who meet the long service criteria will be contacted individually.


Nurses Badge

The idea of a new hospital badge came from matron William Booth, who felt having a hospital badge would encourage a strong sense of pride in nursing, within the organisation.

The idea shared around the time of launching the Trust's Preceptorship programme for newly qualified practitioners (Nurses, Midwives, ODP's) September 2015. A design competition was advertised in the staff newsletter, asking members of staff to submit design ideas for the badge. There were 12 submissions that went to a voting panel. The panel decided that 2 submissions were successful with the possibility of merging these 2 designs together to make the one design.

This was agreed and this is how the design was created. Above and beyond have kindly funded the production and have sponsored over a thousand badges. The aim of the badge is to award nursing staff that are successful at recognising success awards and to preceptee's for completing the preceptorship programme. We held our first preceptorship badge ceremony on the 4 November 2016.

To date we have awarded over 270 badges. The implementation of the badge has created a lot of enthusiasm and excitement within the Trust and staff are wearing them with pride and everyone wants one! 

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