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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: April 2014

Should nurses self-test equipment before using it?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 28 Apr 2014

Involving patients in decision making requires expert knowledge and an understanding of patients’ perspectives. This week we report the results of a small study that aimed to assess the impact of self-testing on catheter evaluation by continence nurses. The authors found that almost ...

Can patients be accurately assessed using Skype and email?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 21 Apr 2014

Last week David Cameron said more than 7.5 million people will be offered increased access to GP services through extended opening times and new consultation methods using video-phone services, email and phone. But can Skype and email replace face-to-face contact?

Should we have a standard prescription chart across the NHS?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 14 Apr 2014

A trial in Scotland is working on developing a new standardised prescribing and administration chart to cut out errors in prescribing wrong doses or the wrong drug by clinical staff.

Do we give enough positive feedback to people we work with?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 7 Apr 2014

This question was posed by Natalie Silvey @silv24 on Twitter last weekend and it caught my eye: