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Practice team blog

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

Why are nurses still afraid of opioids?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdWed, 20 Jun 2012

Nurses’ understanding of pain treatment is essential for its effective management. Yet effective pain control often eludes those who most need it particularly when opioid analgesics are involved.

'When we see a patient’s condition deteriorating, the instinct to save usually kicks in'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 11 Jun 2012

The only way health professionals can be sure of spotting it is if initial assessment on admission is thorough, and is repeated at appropriate intervals. It is also important that all members of the healthcare team are clear about what treatments or interventions are appropriate.

'It's too easy to forget the simple things that make a big difference'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 28 May 2012

Looking out of my window at the garden on a lovely sunny day reminds me of my Dad. He loved the summer, sitting in the back garden with my Mum.

'Hiving off important responsibilities devalues nurses' skills'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthTue, 22 May 2012

News that a West Midlands trust is to extend a scheme whereby unemployed people deliver patient care makes me deeply uncomfortable.

'We need more health visitors AND more district nurses' 

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 14 May 2012

The recent report on community nursing released at RCN Congress highlights the pressure that community nursing is currently under.

'How can you revise if you don't have a plan?'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 7 May 2012

Along with “What biology coursework is now on You Tube?” and “How can you revise when your physics book is downstairs?” Sadly my daily lecture on the benefits of a plan, to-do lists, colour pens and PostIt notes is greeted with, at best, rolling eyes and a “whatever”.

'We must recognise when medical intervention is inappropriate'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 30 Apr 2012

One parent has cancer, and has been on the Liverpool Care Pathway for weeks. She and her family have received excellent care and support, which has focused on keeping her comfortable and offering emotional and practical support to her and her loved ones.

Trolleys as beds: how have we come to this?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 23 Apr 2012

You realise what trouble we are in when policy advice is being given on whether it is best to look after patients on a trolley in A&E or on a trolley in a ward corridor. We seem to have got past the point where either of these situations are unacceptable and are now being seen as inevitable.

'Nurses have to knowingly carry out detrimental bed manoeuvres every day'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 16 Apr 2012

Listening to recent news reports on discharge from hospital at night I wondered where were the nurses representing the needs of a 94-year-old man sent home at 1am in the morning.

'The battle for nurse representation on CCG boards isn't over'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 9 Apr 2012

After all, who would ever assume the bulk of NHS care commissioning could be done effectively without the involvement of the largest group of health professionals.

'Our nurses are burnt out but still offering good care'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 2 Apr 2012

It was probably not much of a surprise to nurses out there on the frontline that their experiences are nearer to those of nurses in Greece, a country facing economic meltdown, than nurses in countries we would feel more usually feel comparable with such as Holland.

'Is three years long enough to prepare our nurses for practice?'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 26 Mar 2012

When I was a student there were very few options for dressing a wound; eusol and paraffin, paraffin gauze, hydrogen peroxide or a dry dressing.

'Many nurses would not wish to administer the drugs to end an intolerable life'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 19 Mar 2012

The subject of assisted suicide, it seems, just won’t go away.

'There are not many days when you don’t meet a patient with diabetes'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 12 Mar 2012

I was up in Glasgow for the Diabetes UK annual conference last week.

'Patients must retain the right to decide how they are referred to by health professionals'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 5 Mar 2012

As a student nurse I was taught to address patients formally - Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms - unless they requested otherwise. It was drummed into us that patients must never be labelled as bed numbers or by their diagnosis - “the stroke in bed 4” was deemed unacceptable as were terms of endearment such as “sweetheart”.

'Tackling drug use costs the UK eye-watering sums'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 27 Feb 2012

Our Practice section contains two articles about the use of illegal drugs – one about the legal and ethical issues nurses face when their patients use cannabis for therapeutic reasons, and one discussing nurses’ attitudes to substance users, and whether drugs should be decriminalised.

'It's good news for practice nurses'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 20 Feb 2012

News that a training course for practice nurse training is to be accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is significant.

'Being a student nurse makes you grow up fast'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 14 Feb 2012

I was watching some student nurses deliver some sensitive and effective care on a ward last week.

'Ward sisters are the lynchpins that hold wards together'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 6 Feb 2012

“It’s so bizarre how differently one is treated in a Sisters uniform…” @lopo485

Oppose the heath bill and be ignored

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 30 Jan 2012

The royal colleges - representing health professionals (whether these are medics, nurses or midwives) - are not natural rebels.