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FROM THE FORUM

What’s the latest from the forum?

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Every week we’ll take a peek inside Nursing Times’ forum so you can read all about it …

Have you ever blown the whistle? “I dont’ think i’d ever have the guts to do it” says a nursing times reader. Another added: “Yes I blew the whistle, got little protection, lost my job, yet if asked would if I do it again, despite losing my career, the answer would be yes.”

BBC panorama - how has it come to this? A reader said: “Aside from the horrific sadistic abuse at Winterbourne View, and the pathetic responses of the qualified nursing staff who did nothing to intervene, I am also annoyed by the failings of CQC, why should this organisation continue to exist, draining money that could be used for essential services?”

And a point of contention: Patient mobiles in hospital. Do patient mobiles pose an infection risk? “I just don’t understand the infection control risk being that high.” said one reader. “I can’t believe the risk is as high as that of ongoing treatment due to depression as they can’t contact anyone unless they physically come in or the other option of all the mobile patients queueing for the ward phone.”

And a final peek into the forum shows you discussing modern nursing rituals. “Have we developed new, sometimes more complicated, routines that are as ritualistic as those they replaced?” Asked our deputy practice editor Eileen Shepherd. You said: “We let go of some routine tasks, but these are important and have never been replaced, such as nutrition intake recording. This is ‘supposed’ to be done but how often do we read about malnutrition in hospitals. It just does not equate.”

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