From the day we’re born, our name becomes a core part of our identity. Names can have religious roots, family ties, cultural influences, or reveal trends of the moment (think Apple, Blue Ivy, North or Saint, even Pilot Inspektor). Our names are how we’re recognized by others and what we respond to. On our planet of more than 7.5 billion people, each one of us, and our name, is one of a kind!
What Is National Name Tag Day?
Name lovers everywhere will celebrate National Name Tag Day on March 7, 2019. National Name Tag Day, a part of Celebrate Your Name Week (CYNW), is observed each year during the first full week of March. The premise is simple: everyone wears a name tag. Started by American onomatology enthusiast Jerry Hill as a way for people to celebrate and appreciate their names, CYNW includes Name Tag Day, Namesake Day, Name Fun Facts Day, Unique Names Day, Learn What Your Name Means Day, Middle Names Pride Day, and Genealogy Day. Hill believed that names should get the attention and recognition they deserve.
Many countries around the world celebrate names each year. Name days, as they’re commonly known, are predominantly European traditions that assign names to particular days of the year. Often, these days correspond to Christian celebrations of the feast days of saints. Small gifts are given and, in some countries, name days hold more significance than birthdays!
Why Wear Name Tags?
Imagine if everyone that crossed your path each day wore a name tag. Who would you meet? What kinds of stories or conversations would unfold? More days than not, we are more focused on the virtual people living inside our little blue screens rather than on the actual humans around us. We miss valuable opportunities to connect with others, share a few smiles, and perhaps meet someone who will change the trajectory of our lives in wonderful ways!
So, this year, take the time to add a dash of inspired human interaction to your day by proudly wearing a personalized name tag and celebrating the name that is uniquely yours!
Affordable Name Tag Options
At Name Tag Wizard, we’re passionate about names and offer a variety of the highest quality name tags, ID badges, and more. Whether you’re looking for full color name tags with your company’s logo, uniquely shaped name badges, engraved name tags or even name tags adorned with rhinestones, Name Tag Wizard is your one stop shop for quality, affordability, and fast, efficient service. Most orders ship next business day!
In celebration of National Name Tag Day, Name Tag Wizard is pleased to offer 50% off all name tags and photo ID badges for one day only, March 7, 2019. Simply use coupon code NATIONAL50 at checkout.
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Thoughtful name tags provide a variety of benefits. As representatives of your company, employees are ambassadors for your business. Well-designed name tags will help personnel make a professional first impression, and they can inspire meaningful conversation between guests and staff. Name tags also are terrific options for special events such as conferences, family or class reunions, travel groups, or neighborhood block parties. Name tags are ideal for just about any group gathering, creativity is key!
No matter the reason name tags are worn, they offer many benefits and can be wonderful ways to get the conversations started. Wearing name tags can form a sense of community, create connections and interactive experiences, highlight employee accomplishments, display individuality, and create emotional connections. Name tags are often how you’ll be remembered by others.
Name Tags Aren’t Just for Names Anymore!
Starting the conversation is easy with a creatively designed name tag; curiosity will get that dialogue flowing! We’ve gathered some of our favorite name tag ideas to offer you a bit of communication inspiration.
Most famously recognized from Walt Disney World and Disneyland cast member name tags, adding a person’s hometown beneath his or her name(Disney name tags include first names only because Walt Disney himself felt that referring to people by their first names helped to create a family friendly atmosphere) is meant to start a conversation about shared experiences or curiosity about an unknown place.
Elaborating on the hometown theme, including a city or country that holds significance for the name tag bearer, is an imaginative adaptation. Perhaps it’s the location of a once-in-a-lifetime trip, the city where you ran your first marathon, or the first overseas country you visited. Sharing a memory inspires conversation!
County of Origin
No matter where in the world you live, you will always be connected to the place where you were born. Especially if you’re working in a different country, sharing this information can be a terrific conversation starter.
Every name has a story! Nicknames often come by way of an amusing memory that would make an entertaining story for sharing with others.
Add a bit of creativity when including job positions on name tags. Rather than Human Resources Manager, how about Chief People Officer? If barista is a bit too boring, try barista extraordinaire. Instead of the standard Communications Manager, try Ambassador of Communications. You also can set the tone throughout your company by taking a nod from The Walt Disney Company, where staff are known as cast members rather than employees.
Add a bit of number fun to name tags by including the date of that special milestone or memory. Perhaps it’s the day of your first skydiving adventure or the day you first saw snow. Or simply add a single number that represents how many miles you’ve logged as a runner or how many pizza slices you conquered in that pie eating contest. No matter the number, curiosity is sure to start a conversation.
Share a favorite hobby or activity on your name tag. Whether you’re a movie buff, a travel enthusiast, or a resident bookworm, you’re sure to inspire a conversation with someone new. You may even discover a fellow moviegoer or the newest member of your book club!
In addition to interesting text, consider the name badges themselves. Imaginatively designing the outline of your name tags will add visual appeal while making your brand memorable. Specially shaped name tags can range from sea life and zoo animals to cupcakes or leaves, let your imagination be your guide!
There are many options to choose from when ordering custom name tags. When purchasing name tags online, you should consider three key things: price, use or occasion, and who will wear the name tag. At NameTagWizard.com, we have many customization options and name tag styles. To help you decide when to splurge and when to save, we’ve laid out some of our best badges for each situation.
When to Spend a Little More on Name Tags
Are you purchasing name tags for executives and long term employees? You should definitely go the extra mile and order badges that will represent your top employees and your company in the best light. We offer full color UV printing on plastic and metal name tags. This allows you to feature color-matched company logos, plus you can add 2 lines of custom text for each staff member’s name and position. Our fancy name tags feature a beveled edge and frame that adds durability and style.
Certain businesses can afford to add sparkle to their name tags! If you’re ordering name tags for a salon, jewelry store, fun boutique or similar company type, order bling badges. Our rhinestone framed name tags are available with full color printing or engraving and are designed to highlight your staff members’ names with style.
If you have an important company event, trade show or conference coming up, our high-end name tags are your best option. These badges represent your company name and employees in a professional way.
When to Save Money on Name Tags
Other situations call for affordable or basic name tags. When hiring seasonal or temporary employees or heading to a company event, more affordable options are ideal. Our affordable name tags are still produced with high quality materials, but they’re marked at a lower price because they feature basic customization options.
You can order gold or silver name tags with 2 lines of text and your company logo for $7.95 per tag. (These are available in plastic and aluminum.) Our magnets add an additional $2.00 to each tag, but if you choose a pin backing, you can save more money. We also offer quantity discounts. Click here to order our $7.95 1″ x 3″ logo name tag.
If you’re looking for name tags for seasonal or temporary employees, our small 1-line name tags are the perfect choice. Make sure store associates and staff are represented with simple text-only name tags that feature their name. There are several color choices available.
Reusable Badges for Visitors & More
Looking to keep track of visitors to your campus or building? We have reusable name tags that allow you to easily write names and visitation times in dry erase marker or chalk. You can keep track of who is on your business grounds at all times by ordering affordable dry erase or chalkboard name tags. We can even customize them with your logo or school mascot!
Also, instead of ordering “Hello My Name Is” stickers each time you have an event, you can order reusable visitor badges. These are available in the classic red and white and will allow you to write and erase names for many uses. No more stickers to tear off and throw in the trash after they’re used.
Our Unique Name Tags
Also, see our unique offerings. We have leatherette name tags and cool shapes to keep your individualism and branding in place. For restaurants, boutiques, schools and more, you can find unique name tags for your staff. Our UV printing and engraving provides limitless customization options that will help you represent your company and employees in the best way possible.
First and foremost, we’re often asked “what is the difference between a name tag and a name badge?” Badge and tag are often used interchangeably, depending on the customer, however there is a difference. Name tags are worn as a courtesy, to show a person’s name, title and company. Badges, on the other hand, are photo IDs that are primarily used to heighten security in schools and businesses.
About Our Name Tags
At NameTagWizard.com we offer plastic, metal, reusable and leatherette name tags. Our plastic name tags are available in many sizes, shapes and styles. Plastic can be engraved or UV printed. If you want full color names and/or logos on your name tags, choose a full color option.
Engraved plastic. Our engraved plastic name tags are customized with 2 colors. We have many colors of engraving plastic. Your text will be engraved to reveal the color underneath the top layer. So your text and logos will be a single color. If you have a simple logo, our engraved tags are a good choice.
Metal. Our metal name tags are full color printed. Our metal tags are made of a lightweight aluminum, in either silver or gold. We have several sizes available.
Reusable. Reusable name tags are available for businesses who often welcome guests and visitors onto their campus. Our reusable name tags are available in chalkboard material or dry erase material. Order them blank or add your business logo! Easily write names and erase them, and save yourself the time and money it takes to reorder custom name tags.
Leatherette. Lastly, we have recently added leatherette name tags to our inventory! Leatherette tags are available in several colors, even including rose, rawhide and rustic gold. Like our engraved plastic, these leatherette name tags will be customized in 2 colors. Your text and logo will be shown in a single color. Leatherette tags are great for businesses that want a natural or rustic appeal.
About our Photo ID Badges
Photo ID cards come in two options – design your own and pre-designed templates.
ID Card Templates. Our pre-designed photo IDs are a quicker and easier option. We’ve done the work for you! All you have to do is fill out the custom fields available for line 1, line 2, stripe color (or other option unique to the design).
ID badges are available with horizontal and vertical layouts, and either double sided or single sided. These badges can feature bar codes, QR codes and full color photos. Our ID badges are popular for all types of businesses from hospitals to retail stores.
Name Tag Backings and Accessories
You can choose from several backing types for name tags and badges. Magnets are our most popular option, but we also have swivel clips, military style clasps and pins. For our ID badges, we offer clear sleeves and lanyards as well.
If you have any questions about our name tags and badges, or you need assistance placing your order, our Customer Focus Team will be glad to help you. Contact us now!
Are you having trouble using our design wizard to create your own badges or name tags? See our frequently asked questions for quick answers that will get you on your way to placing an order!
1. What kind of files can I upload for my logo?
We strongly recommend PNG and JPEG files. These files are easiest to work with and will provide accurate results. Do not upload PDF files of your design or logo. PDF files show low quality images and inaccurate colors.
2. How do I make another badge like the one in my cart, with different names, titles and photos?
Once you have a design in your cart, click “order a new design based off this design.” (See image below.)
Once you click this link, it will bring up the design so that you can make changes and add an additional badge to your cart. To keep the design for future use, remember to save it. (See image below, the save button is highlighted yellow.) Once you save your design, it will be kept in your account under “my saved designs.”
In order to make your changes, be sure to select the box that contains the text you want to edit. This will open the text box and you can type into the field available on the right. (See image below.)
We recommend using the backspace button to remove text. Do not use the delete button because it will reset the font as well.
3. How do I upload multiple photos for more than one badge when using the bulk item wizard?
First, you must design your name tag or badge. Then, to add a new image for each employee, click “show bulk order form” under the design area. You must click “add design” in order to add a new insert for the name, logo and photo. (See image below.) Each entry requires you to upload a different photo. This is also a good time to make sure the names and photos match for each person.
4. Why does the proof not show the background color that I selected? Will it be a white background?
The proof is a simple PDF file that shows you the layout of your text and images, so that you can ensure the information is correct. Some photo IDs may show your colors in the proof, but if you’re not seeing the colors you chose, don’t be concerned. We guarantee that your order will be produced correctly. You can also send us exact color codes to ensure we match them!
5. How do I reorder a saved design?
Log in to your account and on the left, go to “my saved designs,” which is at the bottom of the list. (See image below.)
Click on “order design.” This opens the design up. (See image below.) You may reorder the design as is, or make changes and save them. Once you submit the order, the new design will be produced for you. If you want the new design to be kept in your account, remember to save it.
6. I am typing in the text field 1 box, but I can’t see it on the badge. Why isn’t it working?
You must click the yellow “add new text box” button above the text field box. Also, it’s important to add a new text box for each entry. For example, for a name, job title and date-of-hire, you will want 3 separate text boxes.
7. How can I keep the same design but change the names and titles?
Log into your account. On the left, you will see a list of options. At the bottom there is “my saved designs.” Click “my saved designs.” Go to the design you want to change, click on the “order design” button on the right. Select the text box that contains the text you want to change. This will open the text box and you can type new text into the field available on the right. (Shown in image below).
8. Why does my logo have a white background? Will this appear on the printed badge?
The white background will appear if it’s in the file you uploaded. If you don’t want a white background behind the logo, be sure to upload a logo with a transparent background. If you don’t have a file with transparent background, you can request that the white background is removed in the checkout comments. If you have vector art available, be sure to convert it to a PNG file.
We can also assist you with your logo.First, place your order and have your order number handy. Second, contact customer service via email or chat. Our contact form allows you to specify what you need help with. So that we can add your logo to your order, be sure to include your order number on the contact form. We can convert your file to the correct format for you.
Also – some products have an option to “remove white background.” Simply click the box provided. (See image below).
9. Why did the color of my logo change after I uploaded it to your website?
This will happen based on the type of file you upload. A PDF file or any vector file will not show your colors accurately. This may also happen based on different monitor settings. You can provide us with exact color codes if you have them available. We can match any colors you want.
10. What does the upload name list mean?
This feature allows you to upload a list of names for a bulk order of badges. We prefer you upload an excel sheet. Once you upload your name list, be sure to change the quantity of badges you’re ordering. If you don’t change this number it will stay 1. The price will not reflect accurately until you change the quantity. For example, if you have 50 names in your uploaded list, be sure to change the quantity to 50.
11. How do I remove something from my name tag or badge design?
Be sure to click on the text box that contains the item or image you want to remove or change. You can also move text boxes around to change their placement. To completely remove a text box, click it and click the “remove” button on the wizard.
12. How do I change a saved design?
Log into your account. On the left side you will see a list of options, at the bottom, go to “my saved designs.” Click the design you wish to change. Once you’re in the design, click the “order design” button on the right of the wizard. Make the text and design changes you want, but be sure to click “save” before placing the order. If you don’t save your changes, the old design will be produced.
Our design wizard has 3 tabs to provide you with design options. There is an options tab, text tab, and images tab. You must select the appropriate tab to get to particular options.
This holiday season is expected to be one of the biggest for retailers in recent history. Even with a shift in shopping habits over the last few years, with many spenders flocking to online sales instead of browsing their favorite brick and mortar shops, big retailers like Target and Macy’s are still expecting 2018 to be huge for in-store foot traffic. Big brands like the aforementioned Target and Macy’s along with Kohl’s and JC Penney have projected to hire the most seasonal workers since 2014 this year. UPS is also expected to hire 100,000 seasonal workers to cover the holiday rush!
Look at the change for each of these retailers just over the last 6 holiday seasons:
What Does the Holiday Rush Mean for Seasonal Employees?
Temporary and seasonal workers are part of the team, and are hired to help retailers meet year-end sales goals and handle the influx of holiday shoppers. This is a huge task, and it’s important to ensure that seasonal workers know that they are contributors to the company’s goals. Name tags provide a simple and quick way to let temporary workers know they’re part of the team.
Providing name tags for holiday staff members has the following benefits:
Maintains personal interaction during the hectic shopping season
Aids in collaboration by helping new employees work well with seasoned staff
Keeps corporate branding intact. (Name tags feature company logos)
Lets new and temporary workers feel they are part of the company and its goals
Connects names and faces!
How Companies are Competing for Holiday Staff in 2018
With the unemployment rate under 4 percent, retailers have had their work cut out for them to find staff to cover this year’s busy season. According to a September article on CNBC.com, stores, websites and delivery companies advertised more than 330,000 seasonal job openings. To compete with other retailers looking for quality holiday talent, companies are offering more perks, higher wages and recruiting non-traditional workers to fill their openings, economists say. (Read full article here). Some brands are going as far as including temporary employees in performance-based bonus programs, offering them store discounts, including them in cash drawings and giving other incentives to attract holiday help.
Employers are stepping up their game to make sure they have the staff to help them meet sales goals in the 4th quarter – but it’s important that they remember to keep the simple things in place, too, such as requiring name badges. A simple badge with the employee’s name, position and an official company logo goes a long way in creating a team work environment that is vital for the hectic holiday shopping season.
NameTagWizard.com is THE source for custom name tags and IDs online. We have hundreds of name tags including pre-designed templates for retail, unique shapes, sizes and materials ready to be customized and shipped next business day.
The design and contents of a name tag are important, but so is the backing! Customers want to make sure that their name tag or photo ID will stay where it should, without causing damage to clothing or covering up the name, logo or photo on the badge. At NameTagWizard.com we offer 8 options for pinning or holding name tags and badges in place. These include magnets, badge pins, swivel clips, mylar clips, military bars, horizontal or vertical ID badge holders and lanyards.
The backing you choose depends on the type of name tag or badge and the type of clothing to be worn. You can shop all of our name badge backings here.
These are our most common questions related to backings:
1.What are hole punches for on your photo ID cards? Hole punches are to be used with clips and lanyards. They allow you to attach our bulldog clips or mylar clips to the card and clear holder.
2. When do I need a hole punch? You should choose a hole punch if you intend to use clips and/or lanyards with your ID cards.
3. If I have a hole punch on my clear badge holder, do I also need one on the ID card? No, the holder already has a hole to attach to a clip and/or lanyard. However, if you want to take the ID card out and wear it, you would want a hole in the card.
4. Will the backing I choose cover my company logo or design? If you’re designing your own ID cards, you must pay attention to where the hole punch is located on the template. The hole punches are there as a guide. Keep any pictures or text below the hole punch. For example, our pre-designed template below is safe from being covered by clips or other options.
5. How thick of clothing material can be worn if I choose a magnetic backing? We suggest only wearing magnetic name tags with shirts or thin jackets. These magnets may not hold securely on thick jackets or materials.
Our backing options:
Magnets – Magnetic backings are a popular choice because they hold the badge in place without the use of pins. Pins, over time, can cause unwanted holes in clothing. Magnetic backings can be added to each name tag you order. Simply select the option in the “backing” dropdown. See more information about our magnets here.
Plastic badge pins – These traditional pins are used for fastening everything from clothing accessories to name tags. Pins are known for their low price, compared to magnets that are a $2.00 additional charge.
Swivel clips – The swivel clip attaches itself via clip to your clothing without puncturing and damaging your clothes. It has an extra stable spring for securing neatly and rests the name tag upon an adhesive plastic swivel base. The clip itself is reusable and comes with the adhesive strip to attach your badge risk and hassle free.
Mylar clips – Mylar clips feature an enduring spring that will hold the badge in place and a clear vinyl strap. These clips are used with ID cards that have a hole punch. You can reuse this vinyl badge clip over and over again and with repeated assurance that your name badge will be held securely in place. We offer clear badge holders that can also be used with these mylar clips.
Military bars – These 2 inch wide bars attach to the back of name tags with adhesive. The metal clutches fasten to the pins to hold the name tag in place. Military bars are a traditional option to pinning badges and accessories, and feature two pins that will leave holes in clothing.
Horizontal clear ID badge holders – Horizontal clear vinyl holders protect the surface of photo ID cards from scratching and wearing. They display horizontal cards with ease, and will not cover up photos or logos on the card. These sleeves measure 2.75 inches by 3.75 inches and have a horizontal punch at the top that allows you to attach a mylar clip or lanyard.
Vertical clear ID badge holders – Many customers choose to order vertical ID cards. Our vertical clear vinyl holders protect the surface of photo ID cards from scratching and wearing. They display horizontal cards with ease, and will not cover up photos or logos on the card. These sleeves measure 4.5 inches by 2.75 inches and have a horizontal punch at the top that allows you to attach a mylar clip or lanyard.
Lanyards – Polyester lanyards are traditionally used with ID cards and clear badge holders. Our lanyards attach to the holder and ID card with a bulldog clip. You can choose from black, blue or red lanyards, each option measures 36 inches around, and is 1.5 inches thick or wide. Lanyards offer an alternative to clips and pins that can damage clothing. They also offer easy wear and removal for events, conferences, schools and more.
Our lanyards feature a bulldog clip that attaches to either a clear ID holder, as shown below, or to an ID card with a hole punch.
The majority of businesses strive for a professional and streamlined approach to their branding and communication strategies, but there are a select few types of businesses that can benefit from bringing a little bling to the workplace. Boutiques, jewelry stores, nail salons and hair salons can afford to beautify their name tags with a little sparkle.
Small clothing boutiques cater to the customer looking to refresh their wardrobe with the perfect new clothing item or accessory. Boutiques are looking for a personal relationship with their shoppers and what better way to achieve the initial interaction between shopper and associate than with an eye-catching name tag? Sparkle name tags reflect the unique branding of one-of-a-kind clothing shops. They can be customized with the store’s logo, name and job titles of each associate. Bling badges for retail boutiques feature glitzy rhinestones that are sure to bring attention to each employee’s name in order to inspire the initial conversation between clerk and customer.
Anyone in search of bling heads to the nearest jewelry store. Small and family owned jewelry shops are often known for their long-standing relationships with their customers. The best way to build trust between customers and store associates is through consistency. Branding is key to building trust with the customer, and name tags are often an integral part of the first conversation a customer has with the store’s employees. A small shop can help build relationships with their shoppers by wearing branded name tags, but also by going a step further and featuring a little sparkle along with the store name and logo.
Manicures and pedicures are a luxury. Nail salons offer upscale services that can’t be found elsewhere. Why not build branding around the idea of extravagance? Each associate should support the salon’s reputation of bliss and enjoyment, and one key way to achieve this is with sparkle name tags!
Hair salons are also known for decadence and new beginnings. A fresh new do puts pep in a girl’s step. After several hours in the salon chair, the hair stylist and client build a relationship that often lasts for years. However, when new customers come in to the salon, make sure they’re greeted by a smiling associate wearing a fancy name tag. Sparkles and rhinestones are the epitome of lavishness! Hair salons can complement their branding efforts with bling name tags that feature the salon name, logo and associate’s name. Framed with sparkly gems, these fancy badges are sure to appeal to the right customer base.
Not all businesses can afford to dress up their name tags with sparkles, but some can! Boutiques, salons and jewelry stores can reflect decadence not only in the products and services they offer, but also in their branding. Branding isn’t limited to emails, signage and Facebook ads, it comes all the way down to the name tags worn in-store. NameTagWizard.com offers several sizes, colors and shapes in name tags. These name tags can be customized with an eye-catching sparkly frame that is sure to reflect the image of your boutique or salon!
Here are a few of our bling name tags:
If you need assistance ordering bling name tags, our Customer Focus Team will be glad to help you place your order. Just call (866) 574-3353! At NameTagWizard.com we’re the “Identification Experts” and you can count on us for precision and accuracy with each name tag you order.
Hospitals and other healthcare providers commonly consider it “best practice” to require that staff wear official photo identification. Not only are nurses, doctors and other hospital staff encouraged to wear photo IDs, but so are in-home caregivers. Laws vary by state, but some states have already made it a requirement that all medical staff wear proper photo identification. These states include Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Rhode Island, Iowa, Massachusetts and South Carolina.
Although many states require medical staff to wear photo IDs, there are no specific regulations on what should be included on the ID card, or how often the card should be updated. For the safety of patients, photo ID cards should be current, easy to read and visible. Pennsylvania requires that medical professionals update their ID cards every four years, but some believe this is not frequent enough. “Photo ID cards should be updated yearly,” says South Carolina Registered Nurse Amanda Driggers. “Some employees’ photo IDs are so old and faded that you can barely see the picture anymore,” she continues.
The Lewis Blackman Act
The Lewis Blackman Hospital Patient Safety Act, enacted in 2005, requires all South Carolina hospital and clinical staff and trainees to wear badges that show their photo and professional title.
It is imperative to patient safety that doctors and nurses show their full name, photo and credentials to each patient. Not only does the patient and their family have the right to know who is providing care, but wearing proper ID ensures that critical and life-saving information is passed to qualified staff members. “If staff aren’t expected keep their badges current, it defeats the entire purpose of the Lewis Blackman Act,” states Driggers. The Lewis Blackman Act was brought about to ensure that all patients receive care from qualified nurses and doctors.
Lewis Blackman was a healthy 15 year old boy who passed away shortly after having elective surgery at The Medical University of South Carolina in 2000. It is believed that Lewis died due to the lack of qualified staff on duty, and the failure to communicate critical information about his failing condition to experienced professionals.
Cases such as the one of Lewis Blackman are not inherent to South Carolina alone, unfortunately these events can and do happen everywhere. Each state has a different set of regulations for hospital photo IDs, but it is recommended that all medical caregiver ID badges include the following:
Cardholder’s up-to-date photo (ideally no more than 1 year old)
Cardholder’s full name
Cardholder’s professional title
Cardholder’s medical credentials and qualifications
Hospital badges can also include optional information such as:
Years in service or years of experience
Badge issue date and expiration date
Official hospital or clinic logo
Hospital contact information
Security access level
Bar code or QR code
Cardholder’s sex, height, hair and eye color
Cardholder’s job responsibilities
It’s important to know the laws and regulations specific to your state, but in general, it is best practice for all medical professionals to wear updated photo identification. NameTagWizard.com offers a full range of photo ID cards and accessories. Whether you’re working in a small practice or large hospital, there are many ways to use ID cards, visitor badges, color codes and other precautions to make safety a top priority in the healthcare field.
Last week I had a routine appointment with my doctor. When checking out, I noticed the assistant had a unique name on her badge, followed by only the first initial of her last name. She has a nice name, one I haven’t heard before. I asked her to pronounce it and whether she also has an unusual middle name. She deflected the attention elsewhere and avoided telling me her name. It dawned on me that I was unintentionally invading her privacy, which leads me to ask: If hospital staff members are afraid to let patients know their full name, what kind of danger are they subject to?
According to OSHA, 75% or more of workplace violence cases reported each year happen to nurses and other hospital staff, either at work or outside of work hours. Some medical facilities have avoided providing full names on badges in the event that an angry patient will find out where a medical professional lives and harm him or her. In fact, an ER staff member in Memphis experienced this exact scenario. “Our clinical assessment staff member was clearly identified by a patient, who followed her car and found out where she lived,” said Carri Ann, St. Francis ER Nurse. This case and many others that happen on a daily basis prove that working in the healthcare field is more risky than some might imagine.
Not only are there concerns over disgruntled patients and family members, there are addicts seeking access to drugs. Many people believe that all healthcare workers have open access to medications, and have been known to threaten staff in hopes of getting pills or drug supplies.
There is debate on whether removing last names from badges really provides much protection. Many say that not including full names threatens the credibility of nurses and staff. After all, patients have a right to know who is caring for them and whether they’re qualified. Without a name, a patient who has received poor care has a much harder time reporting the experience to proper officials. Patients and their families deserve to know whether the employee treating them is an experienced doctor, resident, RN, physical therapist, specialist or aide.
ID badge laws and requirements vary by state. It’s important to know the laws of your state. Some states, such as Pennsylvania, have very strict rules for ID badge requirements. According to an article from Lippincott Nursing Center, some states require healthcare employees of state-licensed institutions (hospitals, rehab facilities, skilled nursing facilities) to wear ID badges that include a full name and current photo. Moreover, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is strict enough to require that ID badge photos be updated every 4 years. Similarly, California has very rigid rules, down to the type size used on nurse’s badges.
Others, including healthcare professionals themselves, believe it is bad practice to exclude last names or other valid information from name badges. “To me, not having our full names on our badges and not using our last names freely with clients just makes us look like we don’t take ourselves seriously and communicates to clients that they don’t have to take us seriously either,” wrote a healthcare professional on a discussion board at allnurses.com.
What are ways that hospitals can keep their staff members safe while also providing proper credentials for their patients? First and foremost, ensure that all healthcare providers and other staff wear official identification. Depending on individual state laws, this may or may not include a last name, but should at least include a first name and up-to-date credentials.
Tips for designing nurse and doctor badges or name tags:
Most importantly, ensure the text is large enough to read from a distance. No one should invade someone’s personal space to read their badge.
Include enough information to put patients and their family at ease. This can include:
Official hospital or healthcare provider logo
Hospital contact information
Cardholder’s up-to-date photo
Fingerprint (particularly for high security staff like lab workers)
Badge issue date and expiration date
Barcode and/or QR code
Security access level or color code
Information such as height, sex, hair, eye and skin color
Job responsibilities of card holder
Years in service
This type of information puts patients at ease and reduces the need to show last names on badges. In turn, staff members feel safer from the threat of being located after work hours. Other measures for staff and patient comfort and safety include:
Color coded lanyards or badges
Corresponding signage that lists the color codes and their meanings
Secured entryways that open only with approved access cards, fingerprint or facial recognition
Secured parking areas for staff
Strategically placed surveillance cameras
Security staff stationed at vulnerable areas
Screening all visitors. Require that they show valid ID and wear a visitor pass
The debate will likely continue about whether full names should be included on nurse name tags, but in practices that are required by state law to include last names, there are other ways to protect staff privacy and safety. Before ordering custom photo IDs or name tags, it’s important to know your state’s laws, and to be aware of the unique requirements of your workplace. However, NameTagWizard.com customizes photo IDs and name tags that feature any information needed. From full names, logos, barcodes, QR codes and more, these badges can be fully personalized.