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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: December 2013

Will increasing the number of places on nursing courses solve the staffing crisis?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 30 Dec 2013

This is part of the first ever national workforce plan for the NHS, which aims to recruit and retain more nurses to prevent staffing levels dropping dangerously low.

Should nurses ever lie to patients?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 23 Dec 2013

Relatives and nurses sometimes express concerns about colluding with patients who have dementia and the ethics of doing so. Others argue that correcting misunderstandings causes unnecessary distress.This raised the question of when it is acceptable to lie to patients.What do you think?

Do you need formal training to manage intravenous infusions?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 16 Dec 2013

In latest guidance NICE warned that as many as one in five patients on IV fluids and electrolytes suffer complications or even die due to their inappropriate administration.

How do you spot the signs of dehydration?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 9 Dec 2013

Figures obtained by the Daily Telegraph showed that 1,158 care home residents suffered dehydration-related deaths from 2003 to 2012. According to the newspaper, dehydration was noted on death certificates as either the main cause of death or a contributory factor.

Is it possible to ban smoking on hospital premises?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 2 Dec 2013

NHS hospitals should ban smoking on their premises and staff should be told not to help patients who want to smoke, according to new guidance according to new NICE guidance.