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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: June 2014

Are you comfortable talking to patients about sex issues?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 30 Jun 2014

More than one million people in the UK may have stopped having sex altogether as a result of a heart condition.

Why do we wash patients in the morning?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 23 Jun 2014

I was at Nottingham University Hospital Research conference last week and listened to an interesting paper about washing sedated patients on intensive care units at night (between 9pm and 11pm). The aim is to reduce the interruptions that occur when someone is being washed during the day. The team are in the process of evaluating the change.

Are healthcare professionals afraid to discuss spiritual needs with patients?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 16 Jun 2014

Last week our #SNTtwitchat highlighted some anxieties about raising spiritual issues with patients and what we mean by spiritual needs.

Do 12 hour shifts increase agency use?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 9 Jun 2014

Last week, #nttwitchat discussed a national initiative aimed at ensuring agency nurses are high quality and up to the job. One nurse commented that 12 hour shift were inflexible and resulted in more agency staff being ...

Does your organisation have a replacement for the Liverpool Care Pathway?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 2 Jun 2014

A recent news story in Nursing Times highlighted the views of the ethicist Dr Anthony Wrigley who suggested that axing the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) was “too extreme”. He said scrapping the measure on the basis of some poor use was like prohibiting the use of morphine.