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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: January 2014

How does shift work affect your health?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 27 Jan 2014

Recent research undertaken in the UK has suggested working night shifts plays havoc with many of the body’s genes.

Do you have space to reflect on patient care?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 20 Jan 2014

A recent report from the Point of Care Foundation “Staff care. How to engage staff in the NHS and why it matters” suggests that staff need space to reflect on patient care challenges.

Have you ever reported a clinical incident?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdWed, 15 Jan 2014

This week we have published a summary of a Cochrane view of incident reporting systems.

What effect will recruiting mental health nurses to police stations and courts have?

Posted by Fran EntwistleTue, 7 Jan 2014

The government has announced extra funding for mental health nurses to be based at police stations and courts across the country.