Behind the Rituals
Why do you do the things you do? How much of nursing practice is based on ritual and myth and how much on sound evidence? If you have a ritual you’d like to discuss here, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Theresa May has unveiled plans for nurses to accompany police officers when they are dealing with those perceived to have a mental illness, particularly when it is likely the individual is going to be detained under the mental health act.
We reported this week that the chance of infection in wards varies dramatically depending on whether nursing staff leave the windows open.
Nursing is described as a profession, but terms such as “vocation” and “calling” are also used to describe the principles that attract people into nursing.
The government is considering the idea of ‘hospital hotels’ where elderly patients can recover from illnesses or falls.
Nurses are to be asked to give feedback about the performance of their colleagues and managers, under plans to introduce 360 degree appraisals.
Doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in the UK received £40m in 2012 from pharmaceutical companies, figures suggest.
It is common to see signs throughout the NHS reminding the public that abusive behaviour towards staff is not tolerated.
Twitter users this week have been discussing whether Directors of Nursing should have a clinical role.
Describing care at Mid Staffordshire Hospital Julie Bailey saw posters about hand hygiene on wards but nurses did not actually wash their hands.
What do you think?
Will the proposal to introduce registered older people’s nurses improve care? What do you think?
Should patients who take pain killers regularly worry about dependency? What do you think?
Are safe sex messages effective in reducing STIs? What do you think?
Do ward sisters spend too much time on paper work? What do you think?
Will the Francis report recommendation to introduce key nurses improve patient care? What do you think?
Does lack of compassion result from the ‘draining’ nature of nursing or is it consequence of health care policy? What do you think?
Should nurses be allowed to use social media sites at work? What do you think?
What should you tell care home residents when a fellow resident dies?
Can experienced nurses learn from newly qualified colleagues? What do you think?
Should drug administration involve two nurses? What do you think?