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Being human: Ordinariness in nursing

Beverley Joan Taylor

Dr Jacqueline Metcalfe, Consultant Nurse

Reason you chose this book

As someone whose training taught the bio-medical model, this book reinforces how nurses are at their best when integrating the art and science of nursing. It highlights how all the technical skills in the world are limited without caring and compassion, and genuine concern and reciprocity within our relationships with patients.


Published in 1994, the principle of nursing as a human relationship is beautifully illustrated. The role of the nurse is unique, and nursing practice is at its finest when there is a profound human connection with patients. The book records situations where nurses, being just themselves, as compassionate and caring people, touch the lives of patients through upholding and promoting the humanity of others. This text will always be relevant in providing an essential insight into nursing at its best.

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