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The Courage to Care

A Call for Compassion

Christie Watson

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Chatto & Windus
15 September 2020
Memoirs; Medicine; Medical profession; Nursing; Nurse patient relationship; Nursing sociology
A vital and timely book about inspirational nurses, and the bravery of patients and families, from the bestselling author of The Language of KindnessNurses have never been more important. We benefit from their expertise in our hospitals and beyond- in our schools, on our streets, in prisons, hospices and care homes. When we feel most alone, nurses remind us that we are not alone at all.

In The Courage to Care bestselling author Christie Watson reveals the remarkable extent of nurses' work. A community mental-health nurse choreographs support for a man suffering from severe depression. The critical-care team try to save the life of a teen suffering from stab wounds when a visit from his school nurse allows him to show his vulnerability. And when a pregnant woman loses frightening amounts of blood following a car accident, it is a military nurse who synchronises the emergency department into immaculate order and focus.

Christie makes a further discovery- that, time and again, it is patients and their families - including her own - who show exceptional strength in the most challenging times. We are all deserving of compassion, and as we share in each other's suffering, Christie Watson shows us how we can find courage too. The courage to care.

Praise for Christie Watson-'Let's be thankful for wonderful nurses - and writers - like Christie Watson' Jacqueline Wilson'Christie Watson is a remarkable writer turning her attention to a crucially important conversation' Nathan Filer'Christie Watson writes with the fullness of her heart to give us insight into the world of patients and nursing, inspiring us to recognise it is how we treat people, how we speak and respond to them, as well as what we do, that heals' Julia Samuel
By:   Christie Watson
Imprint:   Chatto & Windus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781784744212
ISBN 10:   1784744212
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   15 September 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. She worked in a variety of healthcare settings, but spent most of her career in paediatric intensive care in large NHS hospitals before becoming a resuscitation nurse. Christie now teaches and writes and advocates for nursing. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, was also published to international critical acclaim. Her works have been translated into eighteen languages. www.christiewatsonauthor.co.uk

Reviews for The Courage to Care: A Call for Compassion

This beautiful book captures captures magnificently the rawness, courage and tenderness of nursing. It made me cry, smile and gasp out loud. It sings with humanity -- Rachel Clarke, author of Dear Life A call to arms and soul-baring personal odyssey, this book will set hearts and minds on fire. Very few writers can make you care this much, and make you laugh, bawl and stay up all night reading to the final page. Christie Watson writes with the sharpest wit, the finest observations, and has a heart as deep and wild as a river -- Emma Jane Unsworth Christie Watson writes with clarity, generosity and wisdom; her words make us feel less alone -- Joanna Cannon, author of Breaking and Mending An inspiring book for our challenging times. It's never been more important to care for one another and the amazing Christie Watson shows us the way -- Olivia Colman Now more than ever, nurses are on our minds and in our hearts. Christie writes with beauty and compassion about how they do their jobs. When I wasn't crying, I was marvelling -- Tracy Chevalier, author of A Single Thread


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