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 2: Courage to Care
Courage to Care
Courage to care and courage in being a carer are quite profoundly different things. This chapter is about the ‘courage to care’. It does take courage to care, to open your heart and react with sympathy or compassion or indignation or enthusiasm when it is easier – and sometimes safer – not to get involved. But people who take the risk, who deliberately discard a shield of indifference, make a tremendous discovery: ‘It does take courage to care, the more things you care about, and the more intensely you care, the more alive you become’ – Earl Nightingale.
To care for another requires you to become emotionally involved. Being emotionally involved can mean you are vulnerable and get hurt. This ...