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Jane Bates: Life is about endings and beginnings and it’s time for me to bid you goodbye

I may be retiring from nursing (and this column) but a nurse will always be who I am
road signs pointing to 'old life' and 'new life'

I may be retiring from nursing (and this column) but a nurse will always be who I am

A doctor I hardly knew bounced up to me at the hospital recently and told me he had just seen his last patient. He was about to hang up his stethoscope for the final time. He looked gobsmacked, and not in a good way.

I muttered sympathetically, but it’s only now that I am retiring myself that I fully understand how the feeling of loss takes you by surprise. My younger self would look me in the eye and tell me I have done my bit and it’s time to put my feet up, but I would tell my younger self she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She never did, that girl.

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