Author(s): Christie WATSON
At our most vulnerable, at our most scared, we need others. We need compassion. Nowhere is this clearer than in nursing. Christie Watson was a nurse for over twenty years. Looking back at the nurses she has met then and since from different specialisms, she brings us stories of bravery, wisdom and kindness. While young Christie feels faint with queasiness at the smell of an old man's wound, district care nurse Sylwia shows him tenderness. When a teen suffering from stab wounds is visited by his school nurse Lola, he drops his bravado and we see him as the vulnerable young boy he still is. As a woman having an emergency caesarean loses gallons of blood on the operating table, former military nurse Amanda synchronises the crash room into immaculate order. But just as we all need compassion, so are we all capable of providing it. Time and again, the patients and relatives show Christie this. And they show us. We too can reach out, we too can take the time, we too can listen. We too can have the courage to care.