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January 8, 2022

Nursing cannot cure us, the human condition, this messy magic of being human. But here’s the thing, nursing doesn’t seek to cure. Nurses can remind who we are, or who we are meant to be. It is nurses who can save. Christie Watson is a writer and Professor of Medical and Health Humanities. She is Patron of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation. Her book Tiny Sunbirds Far Away won the Costa First Novel Award and along with her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, was widely translated and achieved international critical acclaim. The Language of Kindness, published in 2018, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and Book of the Year in the Evening Standard, Guardian, New Statesman, the Sunday Times and The Times. It has been translated
into 23 languages, and adapted for theatre, with a UK tour beginning in 2021. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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