The way Allan told it—and he liked to tell it—they had Peter’s unusual last name and a decision by management to thank for being together. The hospital had been retraining old nurses to fill a shortfall. Some preferred the formality of earlier days. Their name badges—just the first name—became an issue. So management acted. That’s how Peter had himself rebadged with his surname. He walked into the ward, athletic and confident and introduced himself with a grin. ‘You’re new. I’m Nurse Jane. I need to take your pulse.’

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