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Practice team blog

Your practice editors Kathryn, Ann, Eileen and Fran talk about nursing in practice

All posts from: July 2011

What’s the matter with nursing?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 25 Jul 2011

“What’s the matter with nursing?” cried a BMJ editorial a few weeks ago. Just about everyone seems to have a view, with many commentators looking for a scapegoat or a quick fix. Many of my friends know exactly what’s wrong. They don’t make nurses like they used to. In our day…

'Training to be a health visitor takes a leap of faith'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 18 Jul 2011

Being a health visitor has characteristics that makes it different from many other nursing roles. You don’t wear a uniform, you manage your own caseload, you visit clients in their own homes and rarely carry out a nursing procedure.

You don’t have to be a prima ballerina to deserve a little dignity

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 11 Jul 2011

Like Eileen Shepherd, I was appalled at the story of Elaine McDonald, who lost a supreme court appeal against the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s decision to withdraw the night-time care that enabled her to use the toilet.

'I went from mild discomfort, to anxiety then panic as I held onto a full bladder'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdFri, 8 Jul 2011

I was driving on the motorway a couple of days ago counting the miles to the next services and regretting the second cup of tea I had before I set off.

Two hourly, three hourly turns, what we do just doesn’t work

Posted by Eileen ShepherdWed, 6 Jul 2011

I have been really interested in your debate about the effectiveness of 30 degree tilts to reduce pressure ulcers.