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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

All posts from: June 2011

Why do we wear face masks in theatre?

Posted by Rachel PurkettMon, 27 Jun 2011

Is wearing face masks in theatre a necessity, or is it just something we do? Do they protect patients and practitioners, or do they offer little benefit, as some studies have suggested?What do you think?

Should we return to hourly rounds?

Posted by Nadine WoogaraTue, 21 Jun 2011

The Kings Fund Point of Care programme is currently working with nurses to introduce hourly intentional rounding. An unnecessary ritual or a useful tool to help nurses plan care effectively?What do you think?

Are wheelchairs overused in hospitals?

Posted by Nadine WoogaraTue, 14 Jun 2011

Why are wheelchairs used to move patients who are capable of walking? Are wheelchairs used too much?What do you think?

Why do we have split back gowns?

Posted by Nadine WoogaraMon, 6 Jun 2011

Should split back gowns be a thing of the past? Why are they necessary and what do they achieve?What do you think?