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Behind the Rituals

All posts from: February 2013

Are safe sex messages effective in reducing STIs?

25 February, 2013 Posted by: -

Last week Nursing Times reported that the number of gay and bisexual men contracting HIV rose over the past 20 years because of a rise in the number having unprotected sex. According to new research the number of UK men who have sex with men (MSM) having intercourse without a condom rose by 26% between 1990 and 2010.

  • Is the current approach to safe sex education appropriate?
  • How can health professionals change sexual behaviour in at risk groups?


Unprotected sex driving rise in numbers contracting HIV

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Do ward sisters spend too much time on paper work?

18 February, 2013 Posted by: -

The Francis report has recommended that ward nurse managers should operate in a supervisory capacity, and not be office-bound or considered an extra pair of hands.

They should know about the care plans relating to every patient on the ward and make themselves visible to patients and staff. Critically, they should work alongside staff as a role model and mentor, developing clinical competencies and leadership skills within the team.

Do ward sisters spend too much time on paper work?

Are they regularly included in the numbers because of staff shortages?

Do they have appropriate training to take on leadership roles?

What support do they need to get out of the office?


9 ways the Francis report could change your nursing practice


Join our @NTTwitchat when we will be discussing the role of the ward sister on 1st March at 3pm

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Will the Francis report recommendation to introduce key nurses improve patient care?

12 February, 2013 Posted by: -

The Francis report has recommended that “patients should be allocated for each shift a named key nurse responsible for coordinating the provision of the care needs for allocated patient. The named key nurse on duty should, whenever possible, be present at every interaction between a doctor and an allocated patient”.

What do you think?

Is this a return to the named nurse policy introduced in the 1990s?

Will this recommendation ensure that the nurse patient relationship is valued in organisations?

Francis calls for ‘key nurse’ to coordinate each patient’s care

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Does lack of compassion result from the 'draining' nature of nursing?

4 February, 2013 Posted by: -

It is difficult for nurses to remain “compassionate all the time” given the emotionally draining nature of the job, the chief nursing officer for England has told MPs.

NHS Commissioning Board CNO Jane Cummings gave evidence last week to the Commons health select committee on the state of nursing.

Along with Department of Health director of nursing Professor Viv Bennett, she fielded a broad range of questions from MPs on staffing levels, patient safety, use of technology and the “6Cs” nursing strategy.  

What do you think?

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