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Nurses have too many patients

I’m a cancer nurse – With the best will in the world we can only do so much within the time constraints that we have.  We have bed managers on our back to clear beds, by either transfer to another hospital or home.  The door is constantly revolving with patients in and patients out.  Trying to give patients the dignity they deserve is not easy. Nurses give up breaks, hold off going to the toilet or getting a drink just to devote their time to their patients (well I know I do and most of my fellow nurses do) I work late every single time I’m on shift just finishing things off that I didn’t have time to do during my shift because I gave time to listen to my patients and to make them feel cared for. We are working under so much pressure and something, sadly, is going to give.
Patients deserve better and so do Nurses. :)

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