We conducted a survey of nurses as to their preferences for a medal. Five examples of ribbon were offered, the favourite with 57% voting for a white ribbon with two red stripes and a gold strip, these being the core colours of the UK Florence Nightingale Medal (although not in the same order). In addition a black strip was added so that the black and gold represent Western Australia.
The medallion had 78.5 % vote in favour of utilising the image similar to that of the old Western Australia Nursing Board Registration Badge.
Similar to other Honours and Award medal boxes, a nursing medal could include
A miniature medal for evening functions
a ribbon bar that can be worn on a uniform