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Practice team blog

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

All posts from: March 2012

'Is three years long enough to prepare our nurses for practice?'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 26 Mar 2012

When I was a student there were very few options for dressing a wound; eusol and paraffin, paraffin gauze, hydrogen peroxide or a dry dressing.

'Many nurses would not wish to administer the drugs to end an intolerable life'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 19 Mar 2012

The subject of assisted suicide, it seems, just won’t go away.

'There are not many days when you don’t meet a patient with diabetes'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 12 Mar 2012

I was up in Glasgow for the Diabetes UK annual conference last week.

'Patients must retain the right to decide how they are referred to by health professionals'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 5 Mar 2012

As a student nurse I was taught to address patients formally - Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms - unless they requested otherwise. It was drummed into us that patients must never be labelled as bed numbers or by their diagnosis - “the stroke in bed 4” was deemed unacceptable as were terms of endearment such as “sweetheart”.