Sepsis is one of those words that strikes fear into the heart of every nurse and can often be perceived as a death sentence, but what’s really going on? Who's the culprit? The underlying cause of sepsis can be any old bog-standard infection; this could be a bacterium, virus, fungi or protozoa. Once there is … Continue reading Sepsis

What I’ve Learnt: Independent Prescriber for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

During my last placement I had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with a nurse working for a local drug and alcohol addiction service. Here's a bit of what I learnt: The hidden community There is a whole group of people living out in the community suffering from a variety of different drug addictions. These … Continue reading What I’ve Learnt: Independent Prescriber for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Medication Errors

Every year in the UK there are an estimated 237 million medication errors, ranging from prescribing to administration. Medication errors are one of the leading causes of harm to patients and are not only being detrimental to their physical wellbeing, but also to their emotional and psychological health. How often do they occur? Out of … Continue reading Medication Errors


Tuberculosis is often considered a disease of the past, but it's still kicking around today, so what exactly is it? What is TB? Mycobacterium tuberculosis, along with its close relatives, is a bacterium most commonly known for infecting the lungs and sometimes other parts of the body, spread through droplets coughed or sneezed by a … Continue reading Tuberculosis