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  • A Nurse's Story
  • By: Christie Watson
  • Narrated by: Christie Watson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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By: Christie Watson
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Christie Watson was a nurse for 20 years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness. 

We watch Christie as she nurses a premature baby who has miraculously made it through the night, we stand by her side during her patient's agonising heart-lung transplant and we hold our breath as she washes the hair of a child fatally injured in a fire, attempting to remove the toxic smell of smoke before the grieving family arrive. 

In our most extreme moments, when life is lived most intensely, Christie is with us. She is a guide, mentor and friend. And in these dark days of division and isolationism, she encourages us all to stretch out a hand. 

©2018 Christie Watson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Unforgettable!!!

Wow what a book, I wish I had read this book during my nursing training and in my first years as a nurse! It makes we want to return to nuring but at the same time I have never shed so many tears while listening to a book. Well written, will definitely read again.

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Fantastic book! Loved it so much!

This book is honest and what a great insite into the world of nursing. I loved the narration from the author, easy to listen to! Highly recommended!!

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A beautiful story

As an aspiring nurse this book was an eye opener. The stories were shared with so much empathy and compassion. Loved every second.

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Struggled to stay engaged with the story

Very well narrated and written with an immense amount of empathy and rawness.

I got half way through personally and it was just constantly about babies/birth etc... which I just can not relate to. The voice droned a bit so the stories tended to blend together.

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A book you can go back to over and over again

The Language of Kindness has made me laugh and made me cry. And it has given me all the feelings in between. It is absolutely beautifully written. Christie’s voice reading it drives home the love and authenticity that obviously fuels her passion as a nurse. And as a student nurse it has fuelled my passion too. Could not recommend highly enough. Now excuse me while I listen to it a fourth time. And fifth.

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This Book Took Over My Life 'Til Finished

As a freshly graduated nurse starting out in the field, this book spoke to me at a deep level. Christie narrated her story with such passion and brilliance I couldn't get enough. Even if one is not a health professional, they will still have a firm understanding and subsequent admiration of the role and life of nurse through the author's thorough explanation of medical terminology in layman's terms. 5 stars. Have recommended to everyone I know!

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Simply Beautiful

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It put so simply things I have learnt clinically but also about life and how that makes me a good nurse. It was beautiful to hear nursing described in such a way it was just what I needed.

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Language of kindness

Read like a textbook /documentary at times was very explanatory but probably needed that for those who didn’t know nursing! Feel good book.

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Wow heart felt story

Uk government should pay more attention to nurses needs
They are what we need more then the bullshit
Money they spent at there lunches and visits alone ...... would pay nurses what they need want and work for caring for people

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