Patient-centred care: harmonising patients and professionals perspectives

Last week I was debating with a group of second year pre-registration child field of practice nursing students what concepts such as ‘family-centred care’ and ‘patient-centeredness’ meant to them and how these concepts informed their practice. Overwhelming the students felt these concepts were implicit when working with children, young people and families and a central […]

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Narrative Practice

I heard an interesting lecture today.  It was about narrative analysis. I won’t delve into detail about this qualitative analysis approach. Rather I would like to focus on the comment made by the professor who teaches medical students.  He teaches ‘narrative medicine’.  Narrative medicine occurs when a physician moves beyond simply attending to a patient’s […]

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Challenges of incorporating evidence within clinical practice

I am passionate about developing nurses skills in relation to accessing and using the best available evidence to inform clinical decisions. Consequently, joining the editorial team at Evidence-Based Nursing was an exciting start to the year. New roles are often associated with a mix of emotions, from excitement to apprehension and having the skills to […]

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Sciatica update :(

The sciatica I described recently didn’t settle down. Instead it got worse and the pain intensified. I initially visited the physio and although the first session seemed to help the second two didn’t and the pain continued to a crescendo where walking was almost impossible and I required urgent medical intervention and IM analgesics. Eventually […]

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The Francis Inquiry of Mid Staffs – why do we ignore the obvious and the evidence?

It has been a grim week for nursing in England. The long awaited Francis Inquiry into failures of care at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust (known as Mid Staffs) between 2005-2009 made swingeing criticisms of the whole of the NHS, drawing conclusions that patients were “routinely neglected by a Trust that was preoccupied with cost cutting, […]

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Sharing Knowledge

This is my very first Blog! Similar to Roberta, I am excited to have this opportunity to use this platform to discuss with nurses from around the world. I find it rather mind boggling that there are no boundaries to sharing and discussing our knowledge. My research interests lie in how to transfer best available […]

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