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Practice team blog

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

All posts from: January 2013

'Punitive financial penalties won't produce the results that patients deserve'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 28 Jan 2013

Pressure ulcer reduction is one of the latest targets directed at nurses, as reported by Nursing Times last week. New rules linking them to trust funding mean you will face increased pressure to hit targets on reducing pressure ulcers this year.

Do you remember your first week in nursing?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 21 Jan 2013

It’s freshers’ week and all over the country student nurses will be starting out on a training  that will contain experiences and challenges that will be with them for the rest of their life. Nurse training changes your life – not just in career terms but also personally.

Nursing must not carry the can for Mid Staffs

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 14 Jan 2013

While there can be few groups within the NHS looking forward to the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire Trust, the nursing profession appears to have most to fear. Large swathes of the general media already seem to assume that the largest proportion of blame rests with nurses.

Are nurses born or made?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 7 Jan 2013

Everyone has an opinion on what makes a good nurse. Words such as kind, caring, empathetic, patient, efficient, compassionate, organised, giving and thoughtful trip off the tongue – and then there are the thorny question of cleverness and vocation.