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Practice team blog

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

All posts from: December 2011

'Many nurses have no part in decision-making processes that directly impact on patient care'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 26 Dec 2011

Mary is a sister on a surgical ward. She was told a few months ago that theatres no longer have staff to escort patients back to the ward after 5pm, so ward nurses now have to collect them. Mary only has four staff on a late shift and queried how they will manage, but the business manager said there is no alternative. On the first evening of the new system two nurses went off on escort, buzzers started ringing and a patient complained about having to wait 15 minutes for a bedpan. A ...

'In their late sixties, how will nurses keep up with the demands of the job?'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthThu, 8 Dec 2011

The debate about whether the country can afford to pay public sector pensions will, I’m sure, continue to rage long after the current dispute is resolved. And I doubt some sections of the media will ever stop referring to them as ‘gold-plated’.