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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: December 2012

Should drug administration involve two nurses?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 31 Dec 2012

In our practice comment this week Jennifer Kelly states that hospitalised patients with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) are three times more likely to suffer medicine administration errors (MAEs) than patients without dysphagia. Of greater concern is that the errors found were not minor.She suggested that single-handed drug administration means that nurses are often unaware that they have made errors and so they are unable to correct or report them.

Are you buying your manager a Christmas present this year?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 17 Dec 2012

Dean Royles the director of the NHS Employers recently suggested,  “Hardly anyone supports and encourages NHS managers, or shows any recognition or appreciation of the context they work in or the difficult, sometimes intractable challenges they face”.Do you think this comment is justified?

How are you celebrating Christmas on your ward this year?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 10 Dec 2012

When I was a student nurse we put up the ward decorations a week before Christmas, and brewed mulled wine in the ward kitchens. We wore our capes inside out, showing the red lining, as we walked from the nurses’ home on Christmas morning.This year we want to know how you celebrate Christmas with your patients.