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I may have retired from nursing, but nursing has not retired from me

Recently-retired Jane Bates reflects on the everyday triggers that are keeping her on her nursing toes
Picture shows upper part of Big Ben at dusk with a statue of a horse and chariot in the foreground. Struggling to adapt to the changing pace of life after retiring from nursing, Jane Bates lists some of the mental triggers that still keep her on edge.

Recently-retired Jane Bates reflects on the everyday triggers that are keeping her on her nursing toes

‘Watch his urine output,’ I said to a friend who was caring for a sick relative. Then I thought: ‘Listen to yourself Jane, you are no longer a nurse. There will be professionals telling her this, it’s not my job. I’m retired.’

The trouble is that as a nurse you cannot retire. I thought I would be lying in bed in the mornings, face planted in the pillow, dreaming happily about all those early starts I don’t have to make. But I’ve committed myself to so many things that I have to be up in good time to fit them all in a day.

Old nurses never die, they

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