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Why nurse managers need to start saying ‘yes’ to flexible working

Flexible working can transform lives, improve care and could help nurses stay in the profession. Why would anyone say no to that?

Flexible working can transform lives, improve care and could help nurses stay in the profession. Why would anyone say no to that?

This is Sarah’s story – does it sound familiar?

Sarah is really tired.

She’s been on her feet for 12 hours and awake for 14. She hasn’t seen her kids for more than an hour in the past two long days she’s been working. Everyone needs something from her. She stays later on her shift on her general medical ward because it is busy and she doesn’t want to let anyone down. She does an extra two hours in the end. She texts her husband to apologise for being late – again – and to ask him to give the kids a kiss goodnight from her.

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