Daisy idea will encourage new nurses to stay at Northampton General Hospital, says director of nursing

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Newly-qualified nurses at Northampton General Hospital are to be presented with a commemorative daisy pin badge to welcome them to their new role.

Nurses will wear the badges on their collars for their first six months in post.

The idea is to remind colleagues to give a bit more support, with the side effect that nurses will be more likely to stay at NGH long term.

Carolyn Fox, director of nursing, midwifery and patient services, said: “The badges are a way of saying thank you to our new nurses who’ve chosen Northampton General Hospital as the start of their nursing career.

“They’re also a visual prompt for our other staff, patients and visitors that the nurse wearing the badge is new to practice.

“They’ll help us to remember how daunting a new job can be and how the little gestures can make a big difference. So, if you see one of our nurses wearing the daisy, give them a smile and say hello!”

The badges are intended as a keepsake and are presented to the nurses in a chiffon pouch.

The daisies differ from white epaulettes - another recent addition to NGH uniforms - in that the flowers signify newly-qualified nurses in their first job.

White epaulettes are for qualified nurses who have recently joined the hospital after returning to practice or not long arrived from overseas.

These latter nurses may know how to perform certain tasks, but are not yet allowed to do so while they await their Nursing and Midwifery Council PIN number.

Mrs Fox said: “Newly qualified nurses face many challenges and it’s so important that they have strong support during that crucial first six months as they make the transition from student to career nurse.

“We have a fantastic and well-established preceptorship programme which supports our newly-qualified nurses with practical skills training as well as guidance and advice. But we’re always looking at where we can make improvements and that’s where the idea for the badge came from.”

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