Create the best name badges for your organization with these tips.

If your healthcare organization is in need of name badges for new employees or a refreshed look for the entire team, LoneStar is here to help! Our team helps healthcare organizations create new name tags and badges every day, which means we’ve picked up a few lessons along the way.

Keep these important healthcare name badge do’s and don’ts in mind the next time you’re ordering badges for your employees:

  1. Do ensure your staff is clearly identified
  2. Don’t create an illegible badge
  3. Do invest in expiring badges for guests
  4. Don’t forget local rules and regulations
  5. Do use name badges to create a positive patient experience

Let’s dive into these five tips that will help your healthcare employees and patients identify each other and guests while improving safety and security.

Do ensure your staff is clearly identified

Your staff’s names, photos, and qualifications should be clearly indicated by their hospital badges.

Having an easily recognizable badge — such as a color code for doctors and nurses who work in specific departments — allows hospital staff and patients to recognize each other and quickly notify someone in the correct department in the event of an emergency. It also allows staff to recognize when someone in a department isn’t authorized to be there.

Don’t create an illegible badge

An unreadable name badge is not helpful to patients, families, or other hospital staff members. It’s important to ensure that the badge you create for your health organization is easily legible from a few feet away so that it’s useful for everyone.

Make sure your design isn’t too cluttered and that the employee’s name, title, and photo are clear to see.

Do invest in expiring badges for guests

Visitors who come to hospitals or large healthcare organizations are often given badges to visit or accompany their family members or friends. It’s imperative to invest in badges for visitors so that they are easily distinguishable from hospital staff and only given access to specific areas within the hospital for security reasons.

Badges can also be set to expire and change color after a certain period of time, such as at the end of visiting hours or at the end of the day. While these badges do cost a bit more than a typical reusable guest badge, expiring badges are an excellent security measure that can prevent security issues and people staying in the facility longer than they should.

Don’t forget local rules and regulations

Certain cities or states may have specific requirements for name badges when used in a healthcare setting, such as displaying an employee’s license number. Check your local regulations prior to ordering name badges to ensure that your organization is in compliance with local rules and regulations.

Do use name badges to create a positive patient experience

For patients and their loved ones, knowing the names of the nurses, doctors, and other hospital staff who are assisting them allows them to feel a sense of connection during what can be a very stressful time. It also allows patients to quickly ask for the staff member they would like to see if an issue arises while.

Name badges are also great for establishing connections between staff members who may not see each other on a regular basis. If they see someone they don’t know, by looking at their name badge, they can tell what the other person’s name is, their specialty, and the department that they work for.

Looking for new name badges for your healthcare organization?

We hope these healthcare name badge dos and don’ts help your organization create well-designed new name badges for staff and guests. Browse our online store to see our selection of name badges and tags perfect for healthcare organizations!