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Lost in Translation

My task as a nurse interviewer for bank nurses and healthcare assistants is to ensure we employ staff who fulfil our criteria to perform safely and competently in a busy London NHS trust. My scrutiny of the applicants often uncovers astonishing revelations. Continue reading

Learning from past experience

The other week, thanks to promotion, I finished my last shift in the emergency department I have worked in for the past 15 years. I first worked in emergency care as a student in 1987 and immediately loved it. Continue reading

It’s a great (if unfair) world

Publicity about the newest and most astonishing health care development of our time vied for attention recently with a disease that is responsible for the deaths of thousands of ‘untouchables’ in underdeveloped countries. Continue reading

The legacy of Edith Cavell

What do a snowstorm, a Christmas gift, and a set of postcards have in common? They all contributed to my discovery of British nurse Edith Cavell. I first discovered Cavell three days after Christmas during a raging blizzard when I picked up a book Continue reading

A day in the life of a palliative care nurse

As a nurse consultant in palliative care, I see people at their most vulnerable. Most of my patients have cancer, but I also see patients with organ failure, neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease, and dementia. Most, but not all, are at the end of their lives, and it is my job to help with their psychological and spiritual concerns as well as their physical health needs. Continue reading

The Bonding Process

The key to human evolutionary continuity has been for all the tribe to co-operate in looking after dependent offspring. It was to this end that various neural structures and chemical processes were elaborated into reflexes that ensured sociability and allowed for enhanced communication through language, abstract thought, and imagination. These have come to be known as bonding and culture. Continue reading
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