A trial found that the new uniforms helped student nurses – especially in emergency situations.
Northumbria University is making it easier for patients and colleagues by introducing new personalised uniforms.
Inspired by Dr Kate Granger and Chris Pointon’s #hellomynameis campaign, the university says a pilot found a real benefit to names being clearly visible on uniforms for both students and patients.
The #hellomynameis campaign was launched in 2013 by Dr Kate Granger and her husband Chris Pointon. Kate was terminally ill and became frustrated that many staff looking after her did not introduce themselves before delivering her care.
The pilot study found that having names visible on uniforms helped students to integrate within their teams. Students also reported that it brought benefits to patient safety, particularly in emergency situations when they could be clearly identified and given instructions.
The university is believed to be the first university in the country to pay for the names of healthcare students to be embroidered onto their uniforms.
Helping to build relationships.
Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Dr Julie Derbyshire, explained: “We found that when students had their names embroidered onto their uniforms it helped them to make personal connections and build relationships with vulnerable people and co-workers.
“We believe this simple, yet powerful, initiative can make a meaningful difference to compassionate, collaborative and safe care and can empower and enable both staff and patients.”
Co-founder of the #hellomynameis campaign Chris Pointon added, “I was really appreciative of the University’s suggestion to embroider student names onto their tunics,” he said.
“It was a really proud moment when I first saw them and I know Kate would have been proud too.
“Seeing the friendly smile on the logo and the individuals name is the first part of interaction that some patients might have with healthcare staff and puts them at ease when they are in hospital. Patients and staff alike really get behind it.”