Monday, February 11, 2019
The Language Of Kindness
A Nurse's Story
By Christie Watson
Published by Chatto & Windus, (Hardback) May 2018
Published by Vintage, (Paperback) January 2019
Christie did not take the typical route into nursing. Unsure of what career she might follow, she read widely, left home and moved in with her boyfriend at sixteen and was left looking for a home and a job when her relationship quickly ended.She found both when she found a job working with handicapped youngsters with severe physical disabilities in a residential home, where she saw caring and nursing in action, and her future career was set.
Managing to get into nursing school at a younger age than normal, she then spent twenty years nursing. In this book she takes us on a tour of a hospital, its departments and staff, bringing in details about people she looked after and worked with, the variety of areas of nursing work she particularly enjoyed, while weaving in the history of nursing, hospitals and health care from before birth to after death.
It is an interesting and moving book, written with a light touch but deep compassion.
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me a digital copy to read and review.