We reported this week that the chance of infection in wards varies dramatically depending on whether nursing staff leave the windows open. A study by the University of Leeds and Bradford Teaching Foundation Trust looked at airflow in a disused “Nightingale” ward using tracer gases to simulate the spread of airborne infections.
Nursing is described as a profession, but terms such as “vocation” and “calling” are also used to describe the principles that attract people into nursing. What do you think? Should nurses undertake study in their own time?
NHS and private healthcare staff received £40m from drugs companies in one year
What do you think?How do we define abusive behaviour?How do we measure abusive behaviour?Should it be tolerated if it is associated with patients’ health problems?Do NHS staff receive enough training to managing conflict with patients and relatives?
What do you think?Is it important for DONs to be clinically credible?Should DONs be clinical experts?Is it possible DONs to manage a nursing service if they are not directly involved in clinical practice?
Bailey J (2012) From Ward to Whitehall. The disaster at Mid Staffs Hospital. Cure the NHS: Stafford
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.
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?