Acclaimed author Christie Watson became Patron of the RCN Foundation in 2018
Before taking up writing full-time, Christie was a registered paediatric nurse for 20 years. She worked in paediatric intensive care before becoming a resuscitation officer, which involved teaching and clinical work on hospital-wide crash teams.
Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First novel Award, and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, was received international acclaim.
Her latest book, The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story, is an autobiographical account of her time as a nurse, and has been hailed as one of the best clinical memoirs in recent years. The book is a Sunday Times Number 1 bestseller and was a BBC Radio 4 book of the week. Her books have been translated into 22 languages.
Christie was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters, honoris causa for her contribution to nursing and the arts by the University of East Anglia.