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Editorial re badges Nursing Times 28 Feb - 5 March
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:51:12 PM »
Interesting editorial in my NT today headed " Badges can instill pride and raise care standards". Part of it reads "Standards would be raised if we set a benchmark and held it up to show others what they could achieve.  And by rewarding and recognising excellence we'd be championing nurses in the profession, encouraging others to choose it as a career and restoring the public's faith in nursing.
So three cheers, then, for the Heart of England Foundation Trust, already a Nursing Times award winner in 2011, for doing exactly that.  This week, the trust is launching its HEFT badges.  They are awarded to nurses who have demonstrated professionalism and excellence in clinical standards and knowledge.
The trust will assess nurses' knowledge on core clinical topics, and only after receiving 100% on those vital aspects of their role and demonstrating a commitment to the HEFT values do they get their badges.  And I am sure when those nurses pin the badges on their uniforms they will flush with pride.
The old hospital badges always gave nurses a sense of belonging and a sense of pride.  It's more than the sum of it's parts - the metal, the enamel and the pin - a badge of honour and achievement is something all nurses should be wearing."
Perhaps those of us who love our badges and feel that pride and now collect other nursing badges are not doing it in vain!!


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Re: Editorial re badges Nursing Times 28 Feb - 5 March
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012, 01:07:28 AM »
here here well said and so true bring back the badges


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Re: Editorial re badges Nursing Times 28 Feb - 5 March
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 10:39:34 AM »
Yes. There never was anything wrong with wanting to be recognised... Badges, uniforms et al. Only with people thinking that everyone must become the same. Being able to identify people for what they are is the thing that encourages people to become what they are called. But only when we are able to recognise them. In the case of nurses, known and respected.....

Being a known and respected member of a group - even though within groups the diversity and differences make members recognisable - encourages pride and aspirations. Such differences are not deficits, but matters of pride and achievement. The promoters of equality lost the message somewhere along the line - it is the individual differences within a group which made being the same - nurses; soldiers; bus drivers - you name it, feel pride, and to seek success and excellence....

Yes please bring back badges (good quality - maybe the old designs - nothing wrong with tradition); perhaps bring back uniforms, they were magic!

Back to the future! I for one sincerely hope so, being the same is about as much fun as being a J-Cloth!
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