Too much stuff behind ID badge!!


Does your employer require you to have placards behind your ID badge? Including my ID, we have to keep 9 things on our clips including a mission and values card. Why, oh why, so much stuff?

Specializes in Emergency/Trauma/Critical Care Nursing. Has 11 years experience.

I agree! Not to mention the hospital's code color system, the separate card that says RN, and then my own cheat sheet of phone numbers and codes! It gets heavy!!

Specializes in CT ,ICU,CCU,Tele,ED,Hospice. Has 36 years experience.

yes us too code colors ,mission statement code neuro etc

KelRN215, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Pedi. Has 16 years experience.

When I worked in the hospital, I think I had like 15 cards. Safety crap, fire codes, Pediatric pain scales, JCAHO requirements, emergency med doses by weight, I can't remember what else.

Specializes in Medical Oncology, Alzheimer/dementia. Has 15 years experience.

Nope. Just the ID badge and the bright red RN tag.

When I work at the nursing home, we had about 4 things besides our badges. We were told it was so that we could refer to them when state came around asking questions.

nurse2033, MSN, RN

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Specializes in ER, ICU.

Yes, and I don't wear the ones I don't feel are helpful. Too bulky.

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 37 years experience.

Let's not forget those large "Speak Up!" or the "What else can I do for you?" buttons!!! I'm not a button person. If we can't clip them onto the badge lanyard, I don't wear them. I'm already weighed down with the stethoscope, pen light, hemostats, scissors, tape, whiteboard markers, and that dinosaur of a hospital cell phone! I'm not putting another ounce onto my uniform!:no::smokin:

psu_213, BSN, RN

3,878 Posts

Specializes in Emergency, Telemetry, Transplant. Has 14 years experience.

I am required to have my name badge (with my last name! no, I don't have a problem with this if anyone is curious) and a placard that says 'Registered Nurse.' Behind that (although not required) is a "placard" with all the phone numbers for all the units in the hospital…very helpful for an ED nurse. At a previous job, I had approximately 6 placards…this never affected my ambulation though.

Has 6 years experience.

I put them on as they're handed to me and take them off as soon as management leaves the room. And they stay off.

TiffyRN, BSN, PhD

2,311 Posts

Specializes in Nurse Scientist-Research. Has 30 years experience.

I've been given a couple dozen of these at my current job. I used to faithfully put them on, then they added the big RN one (and I'm supportive of this), but that's when the rest went on my work bag where I could get them if I needed. Then TPTB decided a nurse having a bag at bedside was an infection risk so I leave the bag (with all those cards) in my locker.

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 37 years experience.

A bag at the bedside is an infection risk, but not our shoes. Ok.:sarcastic:

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VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

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Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 26 years experience.

This is the stuff I DON'T miss about nursing. And if someone tried to make me wear a button, I would very nicely hand it back and advise them where buttons should go.

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