RCN 2013 International Nursing Research Conference Belfast

Some reflections from Suzanne Watts, this year’s Marjorie Simpson New Researcher Award winner I suspect that the 2013 RCN International Research Conference will be remembered by the delegates for two things. The first being the breadth and scope of the outstanding presentations and the second the weather.  For some of the delegates the blizzard conditions […]

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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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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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