I saw a passionate young woman become anxious, exhausted and ashamed of her vocation. Watching her suffer was unbearable
Working as a paediatric nurse in accident and emergency was my wifeâ€™s dream job. A week after she qualified, she was offered a position in one of the largest emergency departments in the country. Iâ€™d never seen her so happy; Iâ€™d never seen anyone that excited about work. And I never thought Iâ€™d be the one to make her give it all up.
I drove my wife to the hospital to collect her first uniform. Iâ€™ll never forget how proudly she ironed it when she got home. We visited her parents a week later and her grandfather gave her a fob watch and made her pose for a photo in her uniform. Her mother told us that for his remaining years he would proudly point to it whenever he had guests and say: â€œThatâ€™s my granddaughter, the nurse.â€�
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