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As nurses, we need fun – and respect – if we are to survive the stresses of the job

Colleagues of my vintage remember when there was more room for camaraderie, says Jane Bates
Three nurses stand together, smiling

Colleagues of my vintage remember when there was more room for camaraderie, says Jane Bates

Good-humoured teamwork can help nurses through the hard times Picture: iStock

Outraged and bemused, or is it outmused and beraged? I am so indignant I can hardly get the words out.

Strolling around a busy marketplace, I came across a stall selling bags sporting the names of various professions. Everyone was considered great. Paramedics are great, solicitors are great – you get the gist. But our venerable profession? We, apparently, are not ‘great’.

'Our' bag said 'Nurses are naughty'. It had a caricature of a nurse giving what was supposed to be a lascivious wink but looked more like she was developing Bell’s palsy. I know it was supposed to be a bit of light-hearted nonsense, but really?

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