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To Mind Your Life

Poems for Nurses and Midwives

Edited by Marti Balaam , Clare Cable , Kath MacDonald , Jenny Patterson , Tasha Prigmore , John Gillis , Samuel Tongue


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ISBN: 9781846975875
Published: 20 May 2021
Format: Paperback
Extent: 98
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon
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About the Book

Nursing staff throughout the world have endured an unprecedented increase in distress, anxiety and depression. Physical and mental health have come under attack from anxiety, depression, elevated blood pressure and increased stress hormone production. More than ever, the importance and urgency of initiatives which promote nurses' and midwives' wellbeing should be emphasised.

Pocket Poetry: Poems for Nurses and Midwives is a companion of poems intended to provide encouragement and consolation to those on the frontline of our care sector. The poems themselves explore the meaning of nursing, midwifery and compassion in order to promote new nurses' and midwives' self-care and wellbeing. The poems in this selection demonstrate the empathy and benevolence crucial to the profession, and include works on the relationship between nurse and patient, as well as the meaning and fulfilment of nursing for those who have chosen that career.

The Author

Samuel Tongue

Samuel Tongue is Project Co-ordinator at the Scottish Poetry Library. His first pamphlet is Hauling-Out (Eyewear, 2016) and his second, stitch, is forthcoming with Tapsalteerie. He has published poems in numerous anthologies and magazines including And Other Poems, Cordite, Gutter, Ink, Interpreter's House, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Magma, and Northwords Now. He was awarded a Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award in 2013 and is featured in Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014). He is currently co-editor of New Writing Scotland and poetry editor at the Glasgow Review of Books.

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