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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: May 2013

What training do you need to manage an intravenous infusion?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 27 May 2013

Article: NICE launches draft guidance on IV fluids for clinicians

Should nurses be on hand to help police in dealing with mental health offenders?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 20 May 2013

Article: Nurses to aid police with mental health offenders

Does opening windows reduce infection rates?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 13 May 2013

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.

Should nurses undertake study in their own time?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 6 May 2013

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?