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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

All posts by Nadine Woogara

Should patients be woken up to monitor vital signs?

Posted by Nadine WoogaraTue, 2 Aug 2011

Should patients requiring vital signs monitoring every four hours be woken at 2am to have their observations recorded? What do you think?Expert comment

Should nurses always be 'bare below the elbows'?

Posted by Nadine WoogaraMon, 18 Jul 2011

Should healthcare professionals always be ‘bare below the elbows’? Are long sleeves an infection risk?

Is wound swabbing evidence based?

Posted by Nadine WoogaraTue, 12 Jul 2011

It’s the most common sampling method in the UK, but does it have clinical value? Does moistening the swab increase bacteria survival in the wound? Is routine swabbing helpful?

Should we return to hourly rounds?

Posted by Nadine WoogaraTue, 21 Jun 2011

The Kings Fund Point of Care programme is currently working with nurses to introduce hourly intentional rounding. An unnecessary ritual or a useful tool to help nurses plan care effectively?What do you think?

Are wheelchairs overused in hospitals?

Posted by Nadine WoogaraTue, 14 Jun 2011

Why are wheelchairs used to move patients who are capable of walking? Are wheelchairs used too much?What do you think?

Why do we have split back gowns?

Posted by Nadine WoogaraMon, 6 Jun 2011

Should split back gowns be a thing of the past? Why are they necessary and what do they achieve?What do you think?