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<p>For the second time in a week, I have been assigned to nurse the side rooms of a ward. As agency staff, it is not my place to question who I will be nursing for the day so I smile, accept, and gaze down at my dry, sore hands. Two out of six of my patients are an infection control risk. I know that this will worsen the state of my hands. I put aside my concerns and prepare for the day ahead. It is the patients who are secluded from the rest of the ward who seem to suffer </p>