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Practice team blog

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

All posts from: March 2013

'Does the government response support frontline nursing?'

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyTue, 26 Mar 2013

The Francis report was clear that nursing was not working and made a series of recommendations broadly welcomed by the profession. Although it was damming about some nurses and the care they did not give it gave hope for the future. But this response to the detail and consideration in the Francis report feels a bit too much of a sideways swerve, a dodge even.

'Can you manage nurses if you don't actually nurse?'

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 25 Mar 2013

Years ago I worked with a nurse manager who was happy to tell her staff that their standards were too high. She rarely ventured onto the wards where standards of care were a problem. Wearing a suit and managing with extremely long arms from an office several floors away from her wards meant she rarely saw a patient let alone what was happening behind the curtains.

'We want to make it safe for health professionals to speak up about patient care and safety issues'

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 18 Mar 2013

We often receive calls from people with random queries or requests that we simply can’t help with.

‘Babies have fluid levels?’

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 11 Mar 2013

Six months ago I received my second favourite text to date. A picture of an eight week ultrasound and the words “You’re going to be an aunty!”

What will Francis do to address lack of resources?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 4 Mar 2013

Many nurses feel like they are working in a war zone even though they are actually working in a NHS district general hospital in a town or in the outskirts of a city. They don’t have enough staff, enough equipment and feel stretched to their limits. They feel concerned they are failing their patients and not supporting families.