I have been using a manky ID band on my stethoscope for the last couple of years - out of sheer laziness when the wireworked and beaded ID tag I had on it fell off. I noticed last week or so that the lettering on it ("touch and die" essentially) was getting worn and it was all getting torn, so I should start thinking of replacing it. Also, I had another student in her final semester and was going to be finishing up soon, and writing her exams, so I wanted to give her a little gift as she finished up.
I made these two tags using Magic Glos UV cure resin, since it was not that long until her last shift with me (it was Wednesday and I made these the weekend before). The bases are store bought metal bezels from my LBS.
For mine, we were also given a little tribute at work, little blue enamelled heart pins, as a token to represent a donation made in appreciation of the care provided on our unit. It was a bit of a special token for me when I found out who made the donation, because I was with that family for their last few nights with us, and they said some things that I may never forget. I wanted to do something different with that little pin so I added it to the tag.
I had also made some coloured shrink plastic hearts and flowers to add too, and the background is embossed metal tape cut to size, with a bit of gilder's paste to add colour.
For my student, I used the same embossed metal tape, and just the heart/flower confetti. Our names are stamped on cardstock, trimmed to size, and the edges inked. Both were covered in clear tape to protect it from absorbing the wet resin.
Also, for my student, I made a breakaway ID lanyard with glass and metal beads.
I also added a book that I felt was relevant for a new nurse beginning her career, which I had quite enjoyed when I read it as well. I gave it to her at the end of her evaluation on Wednesday, and there was some hugs and tears. I hope that she looks back on them and remembers how much she learned, and is inspired. I posted a bit more on my blog