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Behind the Rituals

Why do you do the things you do? How much of nursing practice is based on ritual and myth and how much on sound evidence? If you have a ritual you’d like to discuss here, email nursingtimescomments@emap.com

How are you celebrating Christmas on your ward this year?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 10 Dec 2012

When I was a student nurse we put up the ward decorations a week before Christmas, and brewed mulled wine in the ward kitchens. We wore our capes inside out, showing the red lining, as we walked from the nurses’ home on Christmas morning.This year we want to know how you celebrate Christmas with your patients.

Why are newly qualified BME nurses “disadvantaged” when applying for nursing jobs?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 26 Nov 2012

Why are newly qualified nurses from minority ethnic groups “disadvantaged” when applying for nursing jobs?

Would you share crockery and cutlery with your patients?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 5 Nov 2012

Would you share crockery and cutlery with your patients?

Is there an "informal" age limit on surgical interventions?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 29 Oct 2012

Is there an “informal” age limit on surgical interventions?

Will new DH standards for hospital food improve patient nutrition?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 22 Oct 2012

Will new DH standards for hospital food improve patient nutrition?

How can we use technology to improve patient care?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 15 Oct 2012

How can we use technology to improve patient care?

Should a nurse always be present on a doctors' ward round?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 8 Oct 2012

Should a nurse always be present on a doctors’ ward round?

When are you most at risk of needle stick injury?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 1 Oct 2012

When are you most at risk of needle stick injury?

Should herbal medicines sit alongside conventional medicines?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 24 Sep 2012

Should herbal medicines sit alongside conventional medicines?

How can nurses' compassion and values be measured at interview?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 17 Sep 2012

How can nurses’ compassion and values be measured at interview?

Should all nursing documentation be standardised across the NHS?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 10 Sep 2012

Should all nursing documentation be standardised across the NHS?

Do people with mental health problems miss out on essential care?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 3 Sep 2012

Do people with mental health problems miss out on essential care?

Do nurses know enough about wound care?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 27 Aug 2012

Do nurses know enough about wound care?

What is the ideal nursing skill mix?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 20 Aug 2012

What is the ideal nursing skill mix?

Should directors of nursing/chief nurses wear uniform?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 13 Aug 2012

Should directors of nursing/chief nurses wear uniform?Opinion is divided on whether or not directors of nursing should wear uniform - both among directors themselves and other nurses.As board directors, should they wear smart business clothes?Or does this make them invisible to the nurses they lead, and to patients and their families?What do you think? 

Do we underestimate substance misuse among older adults?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 6 Aug 2012

Do we underestimate substance misuse among older adults?

Should all children be vaccinated against flu?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 30 Jul 2012

Should all children be vaccinated against flu?