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Practice team blog

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

'The LCP is only as good as the people who use it'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 12 Nov 2012

One of the worst examples in recent history was the hysteria whipped up about the MMR jab, on the basis of highly questionable evidence from a tiny sample of children. This evidence has now been utterly discredited, but not before vaccination rates dropped to dangerous levels.

'Beeping is hindering patient recovery'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyFri, 2 Nov 2012

A recent US study has revealed that overnight noise levels in intensive care units often exceed levels recommended by the World Health Organization. The assumptions seems to be that if patients are asleep, sedated and even unconscious they won’t be affected by the beeping and noises of machines.

Making informed choices on healthy eating

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthFri, 26 Oct 2012

Levels of obesity in the UK are rising at alarming rates in all age groups, and its knock-on effects will be seen in terms of ill health for the individuals concerned and costs to health and social care providers. High fat and sugar intakes are also contributing to rising incidence of other long-term conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Have you ever made a drug error?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdFri, 19 Oct 2012

The dose was ten times larger than had been prescribed and the baby died. A registrar had prescribed 5ml of sodium chloride but the baby was wrongly given 50ml.

Is resilience more useful in healthcare than wellbeing?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyWed, 10 Oct 2012

I have been hearing the term resilience used more and more in healthcare and have thinking that it works well in the place of the term wellbeing which is now so over used it is almost without meaning. 

Are you up to date with bowel management?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdWed, 3 Oct 2012

Bowel care is part and parcel of nurses work and it is worth reading this personal reflection to get a sense of how long term problems effect relationships, work and self esteem.

Do nurses know enough about wound care?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 24 Sep 2012

We were responding to an international, multidisciplinary study which highlighted the need for all health professionals to receive a basic level of education about wounds in undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes.

'Let's hope the RCN's campaign reassures the public that nursing hasn't lost its way'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 17 Sep 2012

For the past two years nursing has been hit by a barrage of reports into devastating failures in care.

Let's not make a habit of neglecting certain diseases

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 10 Sep 2012

Unfortunately it is often the same group of patients - allergy is one example, patients with lymphoedema another. Patients with stroke was a particularly desperate example until the launch of the stroke strategy and accompanying investment finally made a difference. Another is chronic fatigue syndrome with a report out this week detailing the continuing failure of services to patients with this condition.

Why are we facing one of the biggest outbreaks of measles in decades?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 3 Sep 2012

My children were due their MMR vaccinations when the debate about the safety of the vaccine was at its peak. I remember vividly the hysteria that accompanied the publication of Andrew Wakefield’s paper in 1998. Parents talked about herd immunity, believing it would protect their child but not understanding they had to be part of the herd to make it work. Messing about with single vaccines resulted in many of my friends’ children never getting the full two doses. And there was a strongly ...

Time for the NHS to hit back against fraudulent claims?

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 27 Aug 2012

She mentioned how she had been subpoenaed to appear in court as a witness in a false claim for work-related injury brought by a nurse on her ward.

Maybe it's time for Cinderella to go to the ball

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 20 Aug 2012

It’s a long time since I worked as a care assistant in a home for older women with dementia, and back then older people’s nursing (or geriatric nursing as it was known) was called the Cinderella service. It was seen as a backwater where nurses went if they had either no talent or no aspirations.

Does anyone remember when patients made the hot drinks?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 13 Aug 2012

When I was a student we used to ask patients to do the milky drinks rounds in the evenings.

'Patients who put nurses before themselves need putting straight'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 6 Aug 2012

An elderly woman said to me recently that she wore incontinence pads because it was easier for the nurses.

'Nothing in nursing is really simple; comprehension of its complexity is vital'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 30 Jul 2012

Like many of you who commented on the story on this website, I question whether the staff had grasped the significance of their patient’s diagnosis.

'The time that students offer to patients can be invaluable'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 23 Jul 2012

In this time of stretched resources and staff cuts, student nurses can provide an extra element of care for patients.

'Whistleblowers need a supportive stance to be reflected in UK law'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 16 Jul 2012

The recent news that pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline had received a record-breaking fine for fraud grabbed my attention.

'It can be hard for acute units to change their mindset to care for the dying'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 9 Jul 2012

A report has found that relatives and carers are less satisfied with the experience of having a loved one be cared for in an acute hospital setting than in a hospice or at home.

'When I first heard about the family and friends test I was sceptical'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdTue, 3 Jul 2012

Last week my new neighbour asked if I could recommend my GP practice.

'We all make assumptions about our patients and their relationships'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdTue, 26 Jun 2012

Many years ago I nursed a man, Jim (not his real name) who was a widower.