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Practice team blog

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

All posts from: September 2012

Do nurses know enough about wound care?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 24 Sep 2012

We were responding to an international, multidisciplinary study which highlighted the need for all health professionals to receive a basic level of education about wounds in undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes.

'Let's hope the RCN's campaign reassures the public that nursing hasn't lost its way'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 17 Sep 2012

For the past two years nursing has been hit by a barrage of reports into devastating failures in care.

Let's not make a habit of neglecting certain diseases

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 10 Sep 2012

Unfortunately it is often the same group of patients - allergy is one example, patients with lymphoedema another. Patients with stroke was a particularly desperate example until the launch of the stroke strategy and accompanying investment finally made a difference. Another is chronic fatigue syndrome with a report out this week detailing the continuing failure of services to patients with this condition.

Why are we facing one of the biggest outbreaks of measles in decades?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 3 Sep 2012

My children were due their MMR vaccinations when the debate about the safety of the vaccine was at its peak. I remember vividly the hysteria that accompanied the publication of Andrew Wakefield’s paper in 1998. Parents talked about herd immunity, believing it would protect their child but not understanding they had to be part of the herd to make it work. Messing about with single vaccines resulted in many of my friends’ children never getting the full two doses. And there was a strongly ...