Book Review – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

You know those books that seem to invest so much emotional intensity that you're not sure if you could read it twice?  I found this book to be one of those.  I finished it fascinated but exhausted and the themes, events and anecdotes came back to me again and again in the days after I… Continue reading Book Review – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Anecdotes, clips and pics; the blurry professional boundaries of Social Media?

  We've all seen it; some may have done it.  Quick little one-liners "Oh my goodness, I can't believe my patient did X....", the 'asking for help' "84yr old Female, fell over her cat and *this* is the wound on her hip what would you do...?" or the educational "Look at this very unusual ECHO… Continue reading Anecdotes, clips and pics; the blurry professional boundaries of Social Media?

Montgomery v Lanarkshire (2015) – what are the implications for research nurses?

Receiving Consent

There is much in the medical and nursing press about this case and the implications of it particularly on receiving consent from patients and what we should be disclosing about specific risks. This blog is to explore some of the reasons why this is such an important judgement by the Supreme court and what it means for us as research nurses.

The Case

In 1999 Mrs Montgomery gave birth to a little boy in Bellshill Maternity Hospital, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Her pregnancy was identified as “high risk” due to Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)and she was under the care of a consultant throughout. This consultant was to be the focus of 2 negligence charges, both of which were initially rejected in 2010, before the case was considered again on appeal by the Supreme Court in 2015.

It’s a hard and sad case to read through; the decision to carry on with…

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How will I shape the year of the nurse?

My #NurseBloggers2020 contribution for January   New year, new _______ <insert ambition here> I've been watching tentatively from afar at this year's #SoMe new year/decade trends.  Should I post a picture of myself from the start of the last decade and another one now?  Should I make a bold New Year's resolution and share it… Continue reading How will I shape the year of the nurse?