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Poll: Nine out of 10 nurses introduce themselves to patients

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The majority of nurses always introduce themselves to patients when meeting them for the first time, suggests a snap poll of Nursing Times readers.

In our latest online Poll of the Week, readers were asked: Do you always introduce yourself to patients when meeting them for the first time?

Around 90% of the 104 respondents answered “yes”, while only 10% answered “no”.

The poll was sparked by a story about nurses and other frontline NHS staff being asked to tell their patients their name, as part of a campaign launched by a terminally ill doctor on the popular social media website Twitter.

The “hello my name is” campaign was started by Dr Kate Granger after she became frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was an inpatient with post-operative sepsis at the end of August.

Nursing Times polls readers each week on a topical question related to nursing in the news. Check to answer the current question:

Should nurses be allowed to wear full-face veils for religious and cultural reasons?

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Nurses should not be allowed to wear full faced veil, no matter what religion. When a nurse is done with her job for the day she can put her full face veil on when going home.

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