How tired are you? On a scale of 1-10 where 10 is “I’m not tired at all - in fact I could jog to work, do a double shift, get home, feed the kids, polish the dog then jog out to my second job at Pete’s All-Night Car Wash and Curtain Repair Shop where I am in charge of ironing the drapes and colour coding the sponges.” And 1 involves a little bit of dribble slipping down your chin as you choose not to answer stupid questions in a magazine.
In the post-austerity, post-Francis NHS, fear can hang over clinical practice in a way that it didn’t a few years ago. The fear of making a mistake and being considered “the bad nurse”.
I got a penknife and a book on whittling for Christmas from my wife. No, I don’t know what it means either.
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- 'Will we ever be able to separate health ethics from economics?'
- 'Drop the pointless pep talks – support nurses to improve care'
- 'Seventh C stands for covering up the real issues, not CPD'
- 'Let’s turn our backs on the blame game and focus on repair'
- 'It may be Christmas but we can’t extend goodwill to all men'
- 'Is it sexism that prevents nursing from having a voice?'