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Nurses outraged at being 'thanked' with ballpoint pen

National News // July 23, 2020

Nurses at Bern’s main hospital, the Inselspital, are outraged by a ballpoint pen as a gift. 

Unsplash Nurses outraged at being 'thanked' with ballpoint pen

Hospital managers sent more than 4,000 pens to thank staff for their commitment. 

Although we’re in the middle of a pandemic, the gift is not connected – it’s to mark the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. 

Several nurses see the gift as a slight insult and are saying so on social media. 

Some have started a group with the aim to send all the pens back, with a message saying they would prefer more pay, more staff and fairer hours. And not a pen which costs 15 francs. 


Tags: bern, pen, pay, nurses, hospital

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