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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 from: April 2013

Is it safe to care for patients in 'hospital hotels'?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 29 Apr 2013

 Ministers ponder ‘hospital hotels’

Should nurses accept education funding/grants from the drugs industry?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 15 Apr 2013

NHS and private healthcare staff received £40m from drugs companies in one year

Should nurses treat abusive patients?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 8 Apr 2013

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?

Should directors of nursing have a clinical role?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 1 Apr 2013

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?