Camp Nurse: My Adventures at Summer Camp

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McClelland & Stewart, May 4, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
The bestselling, critically acclaimed author of A Nurse’s Story and The Making of a Nurse is back to describe her experiences as a summer camp nurse.

After years of working in intensive care units caring for critically ill people, nurse Tilda Shalof now turns her attention to healthy patients — the kids at summer camp. In this reminiscence of six summers at a variety of camps, Shalof opens a window into the world that is a utopia for the vast majority of children, the proverbial “happy campers,” but sometimes also a place of intense misery for a few.

Throughout the summers, as kids troop through the infirmary with a variety of ordinary — as well as some quite extraordinary — complaints, Shalof describes how she assesses, diagnoses, and treats them all, from pesky lice infestations and scratchy bug bites, to broken arms and severe accidents. But Shalof finds that more often than not, she is treating the psychological maladies. She befriends kids from families going through bitter divorces, girls with eating disorders, a camper who attempts suicide in a desperate plea to be sent home, a teenager grieving the recent death of his father. Whatever the problem or concern, it is to the camp nurse that kids — and counsellors — go for help.

These anecdotes are told in a light-hearted tone, full of good humour and lots of laughs. Shalof’s stories are wildly entertaining and will satisfy the twinges of nostalgia every parent feels when sending their kids away to camp.
 

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Accepting a position at Camp Na-Gee-La in Northern Ontario put all of Nurse Tilda skills to work as she deals with homesickness, injuries, bug bites, lice, and viral outbreaks that make food poisoning ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
1
Dangerous FMPI
37
4 Escape From Utopia
53
Arts and rafts Nurse 9
120
Lost and Found
142
Colour Wars Redux
165
Camp Goldilocks
181
Survival Skills
196
Sex Talk in the Tm
225
Sabbath Chaos
247
1 Gone Viral
263
Campfire Nurse
276
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About the author (2010)

Tilda Shalof is an intensive care unit nurse with twenty years of experience in Israel, New York, and Canada. She lives in Toronto.

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