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Work-life balance: why our employers need to be dragged into the 21st century

Women do most of the family caring, and workplaces must accommodate this

Women do most of the family caring, so workplaces must factor this in and accommodate the needs of nursing professionals they are in no position to lose

Way back in the Dark Ages – before I started my nurse training – I worked in a bookshop with two bright, creative, older women who were former nurses.

They had been forced to give up their careers when they began their families.

‘Marriage and motherhood weren’t compatible with nursing in those days,’ these women explained.

‘Our profession was like that then, women were not allowed to have conflicting ties; nursing was all or nothing.’

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