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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: October 2013

Are you confident to talk to patients about cancer?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 28 Oct 2013

Would you know how to find answers to their questions?Do you know where to get accurate information?Do you feel anxious talking about a cancer diagnosis?

Are omitted and delayed medication drug errors?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 21 Oct 2013

Although the National Patient Safety Agency published a Rapid Response Report on reducing harm resulting from omitted or delayed medication in 2010, omitted doses continue to occur frequently. The Francis report raised awareness of the problem and its potential impact on patient care.

How do you measure the value of the specialist nurse?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 14 Oct 2013

How do you measure the value of a specialist nurse?What do you thnk? 

Are link nurses a necessity or a luxury?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 7 Oct 2013

I spoke to a nurse recently who had spent a day off on the ward updating her link nurse board and finishing off audits and paperwork. She does not have time during the working day to carry out this voluntary role.  What is the value of the link nurse role?