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Showing status with lanyards: A guide for nursing team managers

Showing status with lanyards: A guide for nursing team managers

When you are a manager in charge of a team in any sector, it is usually down to you to make sure that every member of that team has everything they need to get the job done. On top of this, it is paramount they know the importance of every tool within their arsenal. A lanyard is one such tool used across businesses of all kinds to demonstrate the identity and role of employees.

This is especially true when it comes to nursing or any part of healthcare – from a hospital to a care home, the nurses under your wing should never forget the many benefits offered by a good lanyard. Here are just a few of the ways that the humble lanyard can build upon the relationship between a nurse and their patients, while also offering several other advantages.

1. They give proof of authority to your staff

The primary purpose of a lanyard, as mentioned above, is to provide identification of a person’s role or their significance both within and outside of the organisation, whether that is the NHS or something else. This means that the patients you are working with will always know who they can go to with any concerns because the status of your team will be prominently displayed at all times.

Some hospitals employ custom lanyards that are colour-coded for added convenience, with different teams being given different colours. This might be worth looking into, as many patients can find it hard to distinguish between all of the different professions they are likely to encounter during their stay. Ultimately, a lanyard can add another layer of authority to your team and show that they are the ones to talk to if a patient needs anything.

This sense of authority can extend to your nurses themselves. It will help them feel as though they are making a difference and that they are part of a dedicated team – because they are on both counts. This will help to improve their performance, as a bonus.

2. They add a personal touch

On a similar note, lanyards do more than just communicate the role of an employee – they can also illustrate the person behind it. In healthcare, this is especially important as the rapport between a patient and nurse can go a long way towards making the former feel comfortable. By letting your team members put names to their faces, they can show their status not just as nurses, but as a friendly presence.

On the other hand, your team getting called by their names more throughout the day will also help to boost their mood. After the past eighteen months many of them have had, it could mean the world for them to have a stronger bond with those in their charge.

It also boots cohesion within the team as they are now more likely to call each other by their names. These might sound like minor points overall, but it all goes towards helping your team feel (and work) at their best.

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3. They show if someone is exempt from wearing a mask

The healthcare sector is (for good reason) the biggest proponent of wearing a mask and staying safe however necessary. That being said, some people cannot wear masks for medical reasons – and this may even include people on your nursing team. This is typically shown via the Sunflower lanyard, and your nurses must have such a lanyard if this applies to them.

For now, at least, some patients may feel unsafe if they see a nurse not wearing a mask, so the relevant team members must be able to show that they are exempt. Plus, exempt patients could feel much more valid if they see nurses who take the Sunflower scheme seriously and are even part of it themselves.

4. They allow your staff to have easy access

If your hospital or care home uses a lanyard-based system to help dictate who can and cannot enter a building or room on the premises, then your nursing team must make sure that they have the relevant lanyards at all times. For them to be able to do their job as best as they can, they will need to have as much access as required to conduct their duties.

Along similar lines, they are great for security purposes – a good lanyard system makes sure that both patients and staff are fully aware of who is and is not where they are supposed to be. For example, anyone left roaming outside of visiting hours will be clearly identifiable to security.

Making sure that your nursing team have lanyards (and that they remember to use them) will result in many benefits to both your patients and the team itself. Making sure that everyone is aware of how important your nurses are, as well as their names, will help to improve cohesion of all kinds, and this can only make the work of your team go much more smoothly.

At Just Lanyards, we can provide high-quality, custom lanyards fit for any role or occupation. They do not just have to prop up identification cards – a lanyard also conveys the personalities of your team members and helps them to build a strong rapport with their patients. For more information about our Personal printed lanyards or to get a quote on a potential order,  and we will be happy to help.