Jane Bates

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My wish for a life without emotional blackmail

Unfair pressure to do extra work is the bane of a nurse’s life, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: tales of dangling eyeballs are nothing more than fake news… honest!

It can be hard for nurses to debunk myths that some patients seem to prefer over hard fact

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Jane Bates: mentors can’t wrap students up in cotton wool

But it is our duty to help them build resilience against nursing’s hard knocks

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Jane Bates: Staff shortages means we lose chances for compassion

No one had time to comfort a distressed patient. If only a liaison officer had been there

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Jane Bates: Is it alright to contact a sick colleague?

A modern conundrum brings back memories from Jane Bates' student days

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Jane Bates: How art helped me cope with the tough times

Jane Bates recalls how art galleries helped heal the stress of work as a nursing student

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Jane Bates: Painful predicament of the worried well

Risk being labelled ‘worried well’ or miss a diagnosis so as not to ‘bother the doctor’?

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Jane Bates: A grandma’s grumble on behalf of young families

Support for young families is lacking, and the authorities need to get their act together

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Jane Bates: When Veganuary seems a diet challenge too far

Gloomy days and chocolate conspire against the meat-free, dairy-free nutritional trend

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Jane Bates: Advice that’s tough to digest

Nutrition advice to pregnant women can cause anxiety, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: Well-being is on trend, but no one’s talking about fear of failure

For many of us, learning from our mistakes seems merely an expression, not an option

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Jane Bates: new year, new rules

While Brexit may not mean Brexit, New Year always means resolutions

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Jane Bates: Don’t let the bad fairy handle patient complaints

Even with a well-run clinic schedule you can’t please everyone

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Jane Bates: My message to NHS managers this festive season

Our columnist’s thoughts turn to Christmas, killjoys… and rhyming couplets

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Jane Bates: you are wrong about agency nurses, Mr Health Secretary

Agency nurses don't demoralise NHS staff – it's the sheer lack of nurses that's the problem

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Why can't drug names be easy to pronounce?

A surprising answer leaves Jane Bates incredulous

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Jane Bates: telling someone they can’t see well enough to drive is not my favourite task

I'm glad driver eyesight – or lack of it – is now being taken seriously by traffic police

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Jane Bates: Sound and vision can help with dementia

The sensory losses that can come with age have a big impact on mental health