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Blog: Ethnic cleansing, antidepressants and political correctness gone mad

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From ethnic cleansing to antidepressants, our pick of the weeks best nursing blogs and comment

This week there have been several stories that have had nurses, as well as the NT staff, debating furiously. None more so than the story of a nurse suspended for praying for a patient.

Readers of Nursing Times posted a record number of responses all with very differing views:

The God of Abraham is, if we are to believe the bible, a petulant, sadistic, ethnic cleanser. Offer to pray for me and you'd get very short shrift. I do not need the approval of such a being - my integrity is worth more than that. It's nice to see that others can say the same”says Stuart Sorensen in the forums.

Michael Dransfield of Frimley disagrees:I think this is yet another example of the pc stick being used to bludgeon someone who quite frankly has done nothing wrong.”

But Dr Crippen has the final word over NHS blog doctor, A more frightening thought occurs. Maybe the introduction of prayers by North Somerset Health Authority is as a result of a money-saving NICE initiative.”

On a different note, NT blogger Simon Daniels has been having a tough time and shares his thoughts on antidepressants and being on the other side of the fence.

“As a consequence of continually banging my head against seemingly insurmountable problems, and the fact that I'm a bit of an idealist and over-thinker, my physical and mental health has recently taken a bit of a battering.”

And last but not least Katy Michelle Rowan’s blog provides a great insight into the life of a first year nursing student juggling motherhood with a demanding work schedule.

“The lessons my children and the patients teach me have enabled me to grow as an individual and my children have given me greater strength and ambition to get through my training. When they are older, I want them to be proud of me and respect what I do.”

Other blogs that I think are worth a read this week are:

The treatment of dementia: bring on the symphony orchestra

Your questions answered – A look at the new practice section

Why A&E nurses get burnout

Respiratory nurse blog: Why we should welcome metrics

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