Fast times

I was slightly nervous when I realised that Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, takes place during this year’s RCN congress.

Ramadan starts on June 18, and with congress running from June 21-25, I did not relish the idea of waking at 3am to eat (known as Sehri), then spending the daylight hours fasting.

I soon started to relax, however, when I realised that I have been sleep deprived, hungry and thirsty before and survived, usually while short-staffed on a busy ward. Compared with that, congress during Ramadan will be a walk in the park.

I can be exempt from fasting while travelling to and from congress on Sunday and Friday – I will do two make-up fasts later in the year, probably when the days are shorter – so that just leaves Monday to Thursday.

Congress 2015 is being held in Bournemouth, where I doubt the local hotels are used to serving food to guests at dawn. But most have 24-hour room service, and I am sure


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