5 Health Professionals Who Should Wear Name Badges

There are millions of people around Australia who work in the health field. Throughout the cities of Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, and beyond, there are people working in hospitals, clinics, and a variety of other health related businesses. Many already have a policy of having their employees wear name badges. Those that don’t may want to consider it, as name badges can provide numerous benefits.

When health related companies adopt a policy of having their employees wear name badges they are helping to establish a particular atmosphere. The atmosphere that name badges help to create is a professional one, where patients and clients feel more comfortable. This is because they have quick access to being able to identify that someone works for the health center, as well as seeing what their name is. Name badges also help to make communication easier for the person receiving help.

While ideally all health professionals should wear name badges, here are the top 5 that should make it a priority:

  1. Doctors. Throughout Australia there are around 68,000 general practitioner and specialist physicians, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Many people are not familiar with who the doctor is or what their name may be. This is especially true when it comes to being in a hospital. Someone may have several doctors enter their hospital room, making it difficult to recall the names. Name badges can help to establish professionalism and provide patients with the name of each doctor.
  2. Nurses. The ABS also reports that Australia has around 257,000 nurses throughout the country. For the same reasons that doctors should be wearing name badges, so too should nurses be wearing them. Name badges help to create a friendlier atmosphere and help to open communication. Name badges also provide patients with the information about whom it is that is providing them care.
  3. Home health care workers. Having someone come into the home can be a little overwhelming, especially for the many older people who are the ones getting the assistance. Having home health care workers wear name badges is just one small step that can be taken in order to help clients and patients feel more comfortable. Name badges will also help to establish professionalism, even though people are outside of the main office.
  4. Health administrators. Health care usually requires more than just working with the doctors and nurses. Administrators do a lot of work with the public as well. Those public health administrators who work with the public, providing customer service, should also wear name badges. This is for the same benefits that other positions should wear them.
  5. Emergency medical technicians. Those who are in the field of being an emergency medical technician, or person who is driving in the ambulance,  should wear name badges. People are usually a bit shook up when they have called these health professionals to their home. Having name badges on can help them to easily identify who the technician is.

Around Australia there are many people working within the health care sector. Each of them should be wearing name badges for the benefit of those who they are assisting. Hospitals, clinics, and other businesses should put it on their to-do list and get the policy in place, if they haven’t done so already.

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