Author and former nurse Christie Watson shares her personal account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness, an incredibly important story that gives voice to those whose job it is to care for us at our most vulnerable. Christie takes us through her twenty-year career, recounting moments of intense and moving experience, from nursing a premature baby to washing the hair of a child fatally injured in a fire, attempting to remove the toxic smell of smoke before the grieving family arrive.
Drawing on her professional experience and on the profound impact of her father’s death from cancer, Christie turns a personal memoir into a quietly fervent examination of the necessity of care and what its value says about our society and who we are. ‘In an age where we have everything’, Christie argues, ‘when our living conditions are better, when our general health and education should be at a universally higher standard, we are suffering as never before.’ In the face of this, her book offers a beacon of hope, a reminder of the best in human nature.
By Christie Watson
Paperback, 352 pages
20 x 13cm
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