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The Language of Kindness

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’The pages turn with ease as Christie writes with such an engaging, honest and humorous manner that it is virtually impossible to put this book down.’

Title: The Language of Kindness

Author: Christie Watson

Publisher: Vintage

Reviewer: Andrew Southgate; Senior Lecturer and School of Nursing Lead for Internationalisation

What was it like?

It has been a privilege to review this beautifully written and heart-warming memoir and I was transported back through my own clinical career. This book has the power to reignite emotions, smells and sounds, which are stored in many nurses memory. At virtually every page I felt as if I was “there” experiencing the highs and lows of nursing with Christie, her colleagues and those she dedicated her time to caring for. I smiled at the descriptions of The Nurses Home, feeling the anxiety of the first placement, say YES to the raw emotion of the experience described as a baby is born and shake my head as uncaring staff are noticed.

What were the highlights?

The pages turn with ease as Christie writes with such an engaging, honest and humorous manner that it is virtually impossible to put this book down. Christie has remarkable talent in being able to explain some of the situations she encounters in language that is accessible to everyone, without dumbing down the complexities of the work that nurses engage in.

Strengths & weaknesses:

What really stands out for me is the humanity that comes through every interaction described, and while there are some really tragic moments, such as describing her feelings when undertaking safeguarding training and acknowledging that as nurses abiding by the NMC is an essential, yet incredibly difficult part of the role.

Who should read it?

This is suitable for every nurse, aspiring nurse and people who want to gain an insight into the thoughts and feelings of one of the many thousands of nurses who strive to deliver quality care no matter what else is happening around them. There is nothing not to enjoy about this book; I found the quotes at the start of each chapter to be thought provoking and returned to reflect on these after each chapter finished. Finally, the front cover of this book is nothing short of inspirational; the list of words sums up what caring, compassionate nursing care, is all about.

the language of kindness

the language of kindness


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