A bold, original book that sheds new light on our understanding of the role courage plays in healthcare. Critically analysing both the positive and negative implications of the presence of courage in delivering care, the authors present literature, theory, and detailed examples from practice, including whistleblower’s own accounts of courage-demanding situations. With a view to promoting better patient outcomes, well-being for practitioners, and support for those who feel compelled to ‘speak out’ and challenge bad practice, Courage in Healthcare is an invaluable resource for any healthcare practitioner working in the NHS today, a rallying call and a practical guide.
Chapter 1: What is Courage?
What is Courage?
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
This chapter lays the foundations for the ‘arena’ of courage, but, as we will see in the coming chapters, courage is in fact a very fertile phenomenon for all involved in healthcare systems, and there are in fact many wider issues to discuss. Many of them do not, in fact, lend themselves easily to traditional academic analysis, but require an evolving, organic narrative to develop of its own accord.
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