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Lesley McHarg

Stories

  • The duty of care should not be fearedSubscription

    3 June, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Nurses are constantly reminded of the duty of care they owe the public and the legal consequences of withholding assistance where required.

  • Younger students need encouragementSubscription

    7 May, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    'For every young student who can be stroppy or difficult, I know a dozen who are helpful, sweet and dedicated'

  • Personal experiences can enhance skillsSubscription

    22 April, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Does caring for desperately sick parents at home make you a better practitioner on the wards? If so, I might have expected to become a first-rate nurse in the space of a few months.

  • Care outcomes cannot be guaranteedSubscription

    8 April, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Early in my training, it never really occurred to me that so many medical outcomes involve a balance of risks, some created by the patient’s own personal decisions.

  • Starting OutSubscription

    26 February, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Placements help to sharpen career direction

  • Starting out: Learning slang improves care of drug usersSubscription

    13 February, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    I received this insight from Maureen, a community nurse who works with addicts in a rough urban area near London.

  • Starting outSubscription

    29 January, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    'Dignity is vital in older people’s care'

  • ‘Nurses and academics are working at opposite ends of the healthcare spectrum’Subscription

    10 December, 2007Updated: 4 March, 2009

    In the wake of a recent report on obesity in the UK, Lesley McHarg argues that while such findings are vital to healthcare, they are of little practical use to nurses.

  • Starting Out: Gaining patient trust is rewarding for all concernedSubscription

    30 November, 2007Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Degenerative brain disorder in patients poses a challenge to nurses, especially if the person is hostile, but sometimes it is unexpectedly easy to break through hostility and gain patient trust.

  • Starting Out: Medical advances inevitably create ethical dilemmasSubscription

    16 November, 2007Updated: 4 March, 2009

    It is three decades since Miss M, then 17, had her life brought to a standstill in a road accident. Today, she still lies motionless at the end of a hospital ward – her neck permanently twisted through a crazy angle, her mouth agape and her eyes turned up toward the ceiling.