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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: May 2014

Do nurses in your area lack numeracy skills?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 26 May 2014

Last week we reported claims that some nurses are not able to pass numeracy and literacy tests as part of the recruitment processes.

Is there a need for a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio across all areas of healthcare?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 19 May 2014

Last week, we hosted a twitter discussion on NICE’s ground-breaking new guidelines on safe staffing levels in the NHS. The draft recommendation states that if nurses are looking after more than ...

How do you protect the supernumerary status of students?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 12 May 2014

An article published this week in Nursing Times suggests patients and student nurses can be put at risk if students’ supernumerary status is not protected. The authors suggest that supernumerary status is poorly defined, and if it is not upheld there is a risk that students may provide unsupervised ...

Does your ward have policies for drawing up the roster?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 5 May 2014

A UK nursing study has suggested that there is a need for clear policies on rostering that define staff levels, skill mix and shift patterns. It found that rosters were “highly politicised” and rule governing how nursing staff were scheduled were  “undocumented, tacit and informal”.What ...