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Practice team blog

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

All posts from: December 2014

Will 2015 be the year healthcare providers learn to value staff who raise concerns?

Posted by Ann ShuttleworthMon, 29 Dec 2014

We’re coming up to two years since Sir Robert Francis QC published his report into care failings at Mid Staffs. Unlike many “seminal” and “watershed” reports on the NHS and healthcare more widely, which lie gathering dust having been ignored by those targeted with recommendations, the Francis report has already led to changes in government policy and health service practice.

Nurses are a lifeline over the festive period

Posted by Kathryn GodfreyMon, 15 Dec 2014

When I visited my mother in hospital on Christmas Day I felt very grateful to the staff, who were working as hard as always. My mother’s needs were as acute on that day as on any other.

Do student nurses need role models?

Posted by Fran EntwistleMon, 8 Dec 2014

Since we launched Student Nursing Times four years ago, we’ve hosted hundreds of blogs from student nurses who want to share their experiences and advice. Most of these blogs tell stories of overcoming fears but the most heart-felt blogs almost always contain the words “role model”.

Would you wear gloves to wash a patient’s face and hands?

Posted by Eileen ShepherdMon, 1 Dec 2014

When I was a student nurse we were taught that gloves created a barrier between the nurse and patient. So for much of my early nursing career I thought nothing of changing soiled beds, emptying commodes and gathering up sputum pots with bare hands. Although I also remember being obsessed with washing my hands at every available opportunity.