Researchers from the University of New South Wales found that doctors and nurses failed to properly wash their hands when no one was watching. The researchers were looking at the Hawthorne effect with hand washing compliance.
Wound care is one of those nursing skills that is important but is frequently applied in a haphazard fashion. A recent study in the British Journal of Nursing found that cardiac nurses in Irish hospitals had knowledge deficits about wound healing and the signs and symptoms of surgical site infection.
Previously, we have reported that 70% alcohol is more effective than detergents, antiseptic soap, and simple and double paper wipes in disinfecting contaminated equipment.
There is always a patient that says no to every question a nurse asks of them. Why is there resistiveness to care?
The constraints that nurses face in delivering the care they believe their patients require are diverse. Nurses work in an environment where their work is undervalued because it is mainly done in private. The personal nature of nurses' work with their patients while highly prized by the recipient is not something that nurses discuss openly. It is invisible to nearly everyone else because nurses don't talk about their work.