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Nurses dating cops

NHSLouise Katiff, 35, is a sister in the accident and emergency department of Trafford General Hospital, Manchester.

She lives in a two-bedroom terrace house in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, with her boyfriend David, 23.

Karen works at least 37 hours a week and earns £16,500 a year.

Britain is in the grip of a nursing crisis, with more than 20,000 vacancies yet to be filled throughout the UK.

I divide my 37-hour week into three long days, working 7.30am to 9pm. There is a bit of a snobbish attitude towards agency nurses because some view them as having taken the easier option.

But that's the case across the NHS and it's nothing I didn't expect.

I came into nursing because my vocation was to care for people, not to earn lots of money.

She says: I work for the NHS on a private patients unit.