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 email@example.com
NHS hospitals should ban smoking on their premises and staff should be told not to help patients who want to smoke, according to newguidance according to new NICE guidance.
Last week we reported that some NHS wards are staffed with one nurse at night and there is a reliance on temporary workers.
What do you think?
Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla suggested that machines could replace 80% of doctors.
Around 450,000 people in the UK have an indwelling urinary catheter yet the basic design of the indwelling urinary catheter have not changed since it was invented in the 1930s
When you meet someone with cancer are you confident to talk to them about their condition and its effect on their life?
Should omitted drugs and delays in medicine administration be reported as drug errors?
As NHS trusts look for financial savings many specialist nurses are being asked to prove their value.
I spoke to a nurse recently who had spent a day off on the ward updating her link nurse board and finishing off audits and paperwork.
An emphasis on compassion could actually be dangerous to the NHS, according to a medical ethics expert.
More must be done to help sepsis patients, according to a new report.
What do you think?
Most of us were taught to wash our hands before a meal but how many patients confined to their bedside are given the opportunity to wash their hands before eating?
What do you think? Should staff ever sit on a patient’s bed?
Last week a High Court judge has sanctioned the sterilisation of a man with learning disabilities “in his best interests”.
Last week we reported that Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Dols), designed to protect vulnerable people from abuse, are often used incorrectly.
Earlier this week, the Berwick report was unveiled amidst much speculation that it would recommend minimum staffing levels.
Sir Bruce Keogh’s review, published earlier this month, into the high mortality rates at 14 trusts found that all these trusts were understaffed.
A news story last week highlighted that nurse leadership is ahead of the rest of the NHS in reflecting the gender of its workforce, but concerns remain that nursing’s perception as a “female” profession means it does not get the attention it deserves.
Last week Camilla Cavendish recommended all support workers in health and social care should complete a “certificate of fundamental care” before being allowed to work unsupervised.