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Practice team blog

Your practice editors Kathryn, Ann, Eileen and Fran talk about nursing in practice

What happens if a naso-gastric tube gets knotted?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 20 Oct 2014

Some procedures are carried out in hospital wards across the country each and every day with no ill-effect to patients. However this does not mean that because a procedure is common, and generally problem free, that there are no dangers that staff need to watch out for.

‘Nurses are angrier than they’ve been in 32 years’

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 13 Oct 2014

Today, thousands of nurses are expected to take part in industrial action.

Did you know only 30% of quality improvement projects get embedded and are sustained?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 6 Oct 2014

In my job as clinical editor I see the latest trends in quality improvement as hospitals quickly implement the latest policy or idea but I often wonder what happens in the long term when the initial fuss has died down? How often do we see a five or ten year follow-up of a nursing innovation?

Ebola is not just 'somebody else's problem'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 29 Sep 2014

The horrifying ebola epidemic currently running out of control in West Africa seemed a distant problem not too long ago. Voluntary organisations such as MSF and the World Health Organization had been warning for some time that it was rapidly turning from a largely healthcare problem into a social and economic catastrophe, but still it was happening to “other people”.

Liver disease could become a bigger killer than heart disease

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 22 Sep 2014

The increase in liver disease is startling with it now being the fifth biggest killer in England and Wales with around a 25% increase in deaths in the last decade.

When was the first time you felt that buzz of pride to be a nurse?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 15 Sep 2014

Most nurses experience it right at the start. It could be on the bus to your first day of placement, when you have the urge to lean over and tell a stranger that you’re a nurse by the way.

Have you ever had a near miss with a blood transfusion?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 8 Sep 2014

Over the past few weeks I have edited a five-part series on blood transfusion, which has reminded me of the multiple points at which things can go seriously wrong, from taking a cross-match blood sample to administration of a blood transfusion.  

Improving public health requires a whole-society approach

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 1 Sep 2014

Public health has long been the poor relation in the healthcare family. While preventing ill health may seem an obvious candidate for generous funding, too many aspects of this important area of healthcare have been largely sidelined for decades.

When was the last time you really talked about suicide?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 18 Aug 2014

If anyone ever needed irrefutable evidence that depression doesn’t discriminate, the death of Robin Williams is surely it.

In healthcare, local doesn’t always mean best

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 11 Aug 2014

Whenever NHS services are reorganised to offer specialist services in centres of excellence there tends to be a public outcry about the loss of local services, with accusations that the reorganisation is an attempt to cut spending. Local MPs vociferously defend those on their patch – often when the reorganisation is the result of their own party’s policies.

'We can't all set off to Sierra Leone or Liberia to look after people with ebola'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 4 Aug 2014

I can’t imagine what it is like to look after someone with ebola but I got an insight last week when BBC news interviewed a nurse who had just seem a baby die from the virus.

Are you ready for a cardiac arrest?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 28 Jul 2014

Inevitably nurses in some areas such as cardiac care and casualty are more ready than others. Are you ready for such an event? 

Nurses don’t grow on trees: will NICE’s new safe staffing guidelines improve safety?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 21 Jul 2014

The second I walked onto the ward I knew something was wrong.

Should we charge for GP appointments?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 14 Jul 2014

A few weeks ago nurses at RCN congress hotly debated a controversial resolution to introduce a standard charge for GP appointments. Thankfully it was overwhelmingly rejected.

Can Morecambe Bay lead the way in raising concerns?

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 7 Jul 2014

As a board member of a trust put into special measures after a series of high-profile problems including patient deaths, a director of nursing’s first instinct might be to stay below the media parapet – even if the problems didn’t happen on her watch. However, Sue Smith of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust has come out fighting to change perceptions of her trust and in particular its nurses and midwives in an exclusive ...

Health promotion needs to be of this planet to be effective

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 30 Jun 2014

A suggestion by doctors on how to prevent teenagers smoking was made for a different utopia than the one we live in

Do politicians play on the fact many nurses would feel striking is "abandoning" their patients?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 23 Jun 2014

When we asked this question last week on twitter, we were stunned by the unanimous “yes!” we received from nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Why do we need to know about legal highs?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 16 Jun 2014

I have two teenage children who have been through a school system that claims to educate them about the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse. In year five of primary school they both graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education programme and have regular PHSE classes at secondary school.

Are you a nurse because your dad didn’t wash up?

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 9 Jun 2014

What makes people want to go into nursing?

Lack of community nurses is policy madness

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 2 Jun 2014

The policy message has been transmitted and understood. Delivery of care needs to shift from the hospital setting into the community. Where possible, it is best for patients to be cared for in their own home. Shorter stays in hospital, delivering what patients want, enhances recovery, reduces risk of hospital-acquired infection.