Jane Bates: you are wrong about agency nurses, Mr Health Secretary
Agency nurses don't demoralise NHS staff – it's the sheer lack of nurses that's the problem
It’s one thing stepping into a frightening unknown, quite another wearing a dodgy outfit while you are doing it.
Petrifying and ridiculous – that sums up my year as an agency nurse. It’s a scary way to earn a living: new hospitals, new situations, new people to work alongside, although I got lucky and had several long-term placements.
Oh yes, the dodgy outfit. I am five foot tall and a size eight but the only uniform the agency had, I kid you not, was extra large. Not only was it voluminous, it was long – if I had bumped into a Dalek it would have greeted me as one of its own.
It meant that whenever I started a new job my obstetric credentials...
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