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New senior nurse uniforms rolled out



Senior nurses at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust are getting a new look. Since late March, senior nurses across the Trust have been wearing new uniforms to indicate their position of leadership.


Nurse leaders from Matrons to the Chief Nurse will wear the uniforms to help the public and other Trust staff to recognise them.


The move is in response to several national reports and local feedback which indicates that patients and the public want to be able to identify senior nurses within the hospital. 


Chief Nurse Em Wilkinson-Brice said “In addition the new uniforms instil a sense of pride and discipline in nurses who have worked hard to become leaders, providing an image of professionalism in which both staff and patients can be confident.”


One of our Matrons said “I just want to say a big thank you for the recent change in uniforms, more importantly the dresses. I love them! I have had such positive comments from people this week (from patients and visitors through to porters and even staff in the nursery). I have felt so proud this week and I’m wearing my belt and buckle with pride.”


How the new uniform will look:

Matrons will wear a navy blue tunic or dress with red piping. Lead Nurses, Assistant Directors of Nursing, the Chief Nurse and her Deputy will wear red tunics or dresses with navy blue piping. Senior Nurses will wear a navy blue tunic or dress with white piping.


All of the senior nurses who wear tunics will wear navy blue trousers.


Posters are currently being developed which will provide pictorial images of the uniform to be displayed throughout the Trust.

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