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Readers panel: Should nursing staff be allowed water bottles in clinical settings? 

This will be a matter for discussion at RCN congress in May. It has been proposed by the RCN UK Safety Reps committee, which wants to ‘challenge the draconian practice’ of staff not being allowed to have bottles of water in clinical settings. Nursing Standard readers have their say

This will be a matter for discussion at RCN congress in May. It has been proposed by the RCN UK Safety Reps committee, which wants to ‘challenge the draconian practice’ of staff not being allowed to have bottles of water in clinical settings. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Liz Charalambous is a staff nurse and PhD student in Nottingham @lizcharalambou

That this is even being discussed highlights the problems of power and control in teams. On what grounds can a human being be denied access to fluids, especially in hot, busy environments? I see no health and safety risks associated with this – quite the reverse. If nurses are not allowed access to drinks, serious health complications can ensue, not to mention loss of concentration and possible errors being made. Nurses also need regular rest breaks. We should

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