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'We should not dismiss the value of Nightingale wards'


There certainly were a lot of benifits of the Nightingale wards as Deborah and the previous comment notes. In particular the fact that patients can see and easily communicate with their fellow patients. How often did we see one family looking out for and engaging with the patient with no visitors as well as their own. As stated the fact that patients and families can see that nurses are around and working hard with other patients can allay fears that "we never saw the nurse". However I doubt very much we will be able to change the move to single rooms or smaller groups of patients in the new hospital builds across the countries. The infection control and privacy arguments have held sway in particular in these times and they are certainly strong points. The challenge is how can we make the best of what we now have to minimise the loss of the good points about what nightingale wards offered. Not surprisingly, it is through more work for us. It is about educating patients and visitors of how things work on the ward. It is about doing the basics of communicating with families at visiting time. The hourly "rounding" that is gaining popularity could be a help to evidence that patients have been seen, assessed and had their needs met, although it irks me that we are having to start documenting the most basic of care. We will be clocking on and off soon to evidence that we were actually at work.

Posted date

29 May, 2011

Posted time

12:28 pm