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Practice team blog

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

All posts from: February 2013

‘Two in a bed’

Posted by Fran EntwistleTue, 26 Feb 2013

As a mental health nurse working on an acute ward, I found that all too frequently the handover I was given contained the dreaded words “two in a bed”. We didn’t physically have two patients sharing a bed, although a glance at the list of patients might make you think we were. This phrase referred to one patient being on leave and another patient being admitted in their absence. So a 20-bedded ward could technically be accommodating 21, 22 or more patients. Often, this meant the leave ...

'Sorry, not my patient'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 18 Feb 2013

No patient’s care should ever be reduced to a job list. Yet nurses have resorted to task-based care in NHS organisations that have failed to put patients first.

'It is hard to hear criticism of the nursing profession'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyWed, 6 Feb 2013

For those of you out there who are striving every day to deliver compassionate and high-quality care to your patients within the current resource and staffing constraints of the current NHS, this is an even more difficult day than usual. It is hard to hear criticism of the profession.

'She was terrified of the very people who should have been there to care for her'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdTue, 5 Feb 2013

Isabella Bailey was admitted to mid Stafford hospital with a hiatus hernia. During her hospital stay her family became so concerned about standards of care on ward 11 they decided to keep watch over her 24 hours a day.