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Jane Bates: Relentless time and crazy workloads

Time-induced panic is nothing new for nurses, but with many now facing increasingly unreasonable workloads it’s time for change, says Jane Bates.
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Time-induced panic is nothing new for nurses, but with many now facing increasingly unreasonable workloads it’s time for change, says Jane Bates

The sight of Big Ben and the sound of those iconic chimes hold no romance for me. Instead, they initiate a shiver of dread, even after all these years.

I trained in a hospital opposite the Houses of Parliament, and every bong was a reminder of how time was beating me as I sped through my work list. Patient care had to be completed by noon, and by five minutes to the hour I was seriously rattled.

I haven’t experienced such time-induced panic for years, until the other day. Having just returned from a relaxing holiday, I was struggling to get back into the hectic swing of

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