Virus-drained nurses hang up uniforms for other jobs

BRUSSELS, Belgium — One is a pastry-cook. Another dreams of becoming a bookseller. All have slammed the door on the hospitals where they used to work, exhausted by wave after wave of Covid-19 patients.

Nolwenn Le Bonzec, a former nurse who moved from her native Brittany to the Belgian capital Brussels, recounted how she hung up her surgical uniform six months ago and hasn’t looked back.

Now she makes little coloured cupcakes. A radical shift that “saved my mental health”, she says.

“I worked for five years in a hospital. Little by little I saw the working conditions go downhill, and health became a mere product. Initially, it was a profession we did to be humane,” the 27-y…

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