Comment

Jane Bates: A rude reminder of my student self

Jane Bates recalls a surprising use for the tough loo rolls of yesteryear

Jane Bates recalls a surprising use for the tough loo rolls of yesteryear

What is the greatest invention of modern times? It has to be toilet tissue. When I was a nursing student the loo paper in our nurses’ home and at the hospital was harsh and brittle, not at all fit for purpose.

To minister to such a tender area one needs gentleness and absorbency. Believe me it possessed neither of these qualities. It was like wiping your bottom with a spiky plastic sheet. The decline of the bidet after the introduction of soft bog rolls tells its own story.

But to give it its due, it was excellent writing paper for a poor student nurse who had run out of money. Clearing out our loft, I found a lengthy screed I had written on one of these loo rolls,

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs