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Practice team blog

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

All posts from: August 2013

Let’s see some action on nursing numbers

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 26 Aug 2013

In the past few years we have seen a plethora of critical reports about NHS care, and in the vast majority nurses came in for a kicking. There have, of course, been examples of poor practice, some of which have led to criminal prosecutions. However, there is a general acceptance both within the profession and from independent commentators that the vast majority of poor practice can be linked to low ratios of registered nurses.

When is an adult an adult?

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 19 Aug 2013

I recently had an interesting chat with a young man who had just spent a week in hospital. He’s nearly 18 and was admitted to an adult medical ward. It was both a challenging and at points frightening experience for him.

How can we improve patient experience of early discharge?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 12 Aug 2013

A friend of mine recently had very major surgery and will require months of follow-up. Discharged after five days he came home feeling tired, unwell and unable to cope. He had concerns about pain, his wound, how much he should do and how quickly. After three days he was a nervous wreck and began phoning the hospital for support. His wife was equally anxious, bearing the burden of his worries and also her own concerns about his condition. For the first two weeks she felt she had taken ...

No nurse wants to leave patients in need of care

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 5 Aug 2013

Nurse staffing numbers are in the news again following publication of a study suggesting that the worse patient outcomes associated with lower nurse staffing levels result from the omission of necessary nursing care. Put simply, short-staffed nursing teams don’t have the time to do everything their patients need them to do.