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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: March 2014

Do we underestimate the dangers of infectious childhood diseases?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 31 Mar 2014

A recent article published in Nursing Times explored a case study of a children with chicken pox and no rash. Chickenpox is usually self-limiting, but complications can occur. In healthy children these include secondary bacterial infections of the chickenpox lesions, otitis ...

How can you prevent patients losing dentures in hospital?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 3 Mar 2014

One day a ward sister asked a student nurse to clean all the patients’ dentures. The student got a bowl, collected the dentures and cleaned them. The rest of the shift was spent trying to find which dentures belonged to which patients.