Eileen Shepherd's stories
'Why is respiratory rate so often ignored?'Subscription
Respiratory rate (RR) is a vital sign and even a change of as little as three to five breathes a minute can be an early indication of deterioration.
When I was asked to undertake mouthcare at the start of my nurse training back in 1981 I was taught to put on a pair of gloves, wrap a piece of gauze soaked in bicarbonate solution around my index finger, put it in my patient’s mouth and hope they did not bite.
'How difficult can it be to take a glass of water, put it to a patient’s lips and get them to drink?'Subscription
Most readers of Nursing Times know just how difficult it can be to get patients to drink.
A few weeks ago a discussion on Twitter began with a plea from a frustrated anaesthetist.
For nearly two decades patient safety experts have looked to the airline industry as a model for safety and reporting practices.
Last weekend I watched the BBC programme The Big Question, which explored whether robots and artificial intelligence could do more harm than good.
Last week a palliative care nurse told me about a patient who was refused admission to a hospital ward because the staff did not know how to look after her tracheostomy.
How should we challenge violence and aggression?Subscription
Hospital accident and emergency staff have become resigned to patient violence and aggression.
'The nursing role will continue to evolve'Subscription
What should nurses delegate to unregistered staff?
Today I am working from home and the heating went off at 8am. By midday I was absolutely freezing. Luckily, I can get up and move around, make myself a hot drink or put on a jumper. I can also afford to switch the heating back on.