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What Color Is Your Armband?

on September 24, 2013

I’ve been uninspired lately.

So, in an effort to raise my spirits and my profession, I did a random Google search for interesting trivia.  Here’s’ something I tripped over: In the Sixty’s, nursing students had different colored ribbons on their white caps to denote their year in school. Doctors, aware of the meaning of the colors, knew which nurses were rookies and which were seniors.

I started thinking; maybe we should initiate a system similar to this among licensed nurses. Instead of the “Livestrong” armbands (now slightly tarnished) , we’d have white, red, yellow, and green bracelets. The coding system would be something like this:

White: These are new hires.  They may not have all the answers, but they’ll stay late for that case added at the last minute and smile while they’re cleaning up that that bloody mess.

Red: They’re seasoned. They’ve had that big screw up that scared the bejeezuz out of them. Now they want to bring their “A” game each time. Find them. There’s no attitude, only passion to be the best at what they do.

Yellow: These nurses are angry. Someone has pissed on them, both literally and figuratively. Avoid them. They’re inconsistent at best.

Green: It’s cliché, I know, but jaded. The nurses with the green bands are jaded. They’ve got more than fifteen years under their belt and more than twenty to go before they can retire. They have bunions, varicose veins, and bad attitudes. Make sure that doesn’t matter to you before you approach them.

This system could be universal to all professions. Not only would leadership use it to their advantage, but you could pick and choose who you want to work with every day.

It’s time to go to bed now.

In the morning I’ll put my purple band on.

I know.

I didn’t tell you what the purple armband stands for on purpose.

One response to “What Color Is Your Armband?

  1. oma says:

    Oh,I guess I need to ask for the nurses with the red arm bands only.

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