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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: July 2013

Is nursing a low-status profession?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 29 Jul 2013

A news story last week highlighted that nurse leadership is ahead of the rest of the NHS in reflecting the gender of its workforce, but concerns remain that nursing’s perception as a “female” profession means it does not get the attention it deserves.

Is a certificate for HCAs a move to bring back SENs?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 22 Jul 2013

Last week Camilla Cavendish recommended all support workers in health and social care should complete a “certificate of fundamental care” before being allowed to work unsupervised.

Is it appropriate to use your mobile phone at work?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 15 Jul 2013

Nurses are increasingly using their personal mobile phones at work to access the internet and check information.What do you think?Is it appropriate for nurses to use their personal phones in front of patients?Is it necessary to have immediate access to the internet in a clinical situation?Should nurses be able to access social media sites at work?

Is there a skills deficit in student nurse education?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 8 Jul 2013

A recently Student Nursing Times Twitter chat discussed this issue. This transcript gives their views on whether their education equips them for practice. Have you identified a skills deficit in newly qualified nurses?Is it a skills rather than ...

Has risk assessment replaced clinical judgement?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 1 Jul 2013

The term cookbook medicine is used to describe decision making that is based on rigid adherence to guidelines, pathways and mandatory risk assessment.Let’s discuss…Have audits and dashboards used to measure adherence to pathways, guidelines and risk assessment undermined clinical judgement? Are routine risk assessment carried out on all patients regardless of their condition, completed to meet the requirement of the organisation rather than the ...