The Making of a Nurse

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McClelland & Stewart, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 314 pages
21 Reviews
The bestselling author of A Nurse’s Story is back with more insider stories.

Tilda Shalof has been a caregiver all her life — at home for her family, at work for strangers — but her skills didn’t come easily. From when she was a child taking care of her sick parents to her current position on an ICU team in one of Canada’s largest hospitals, there have always been daunting challenges and worthy rewards for her work. With her trademark humour, unflinching honesty, and skilled storytelling, Shalof describes her experiences becoming the capable nurse she is today.

After graduation from nurse’s college, finding no jobs in Toronto, Shalof travelled to Tel Aviv, Israel, to work in a hospital for the first time, finding adventure and young love in the process. A summer stint as a camp nurse came with requests for condoms, strange allergies (“Misty has reactions, but we don’t know to what”), and overly protective parents (also known as “helicopter parents” for their tendency to hover over their children). The Making of a Nurse contains these stories and much more, and they are comforting, entertaining, shocking, funny, heart-warming and heart-wrenching. From hospitals to home care, they will give readers a glimpse into the life of a nurse and the hidden medical world.


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User Review  - Cameron Casey - Goodreads

Tilda is a nurse. I want to be a nurse. So, her book holds interest for me and would probably hold interest for other people that are nurses, or want to become nurses. I enjoyed her nursing stories ... Read full review

Review: The Making of a Nurse

User Review  - Goodreads

Tilda is a nurse. I want to be a nurse. So, her book holds interest for me and would probably hold interest for other people that are nurses, or want to become nurses. I enjoyed her nursing stories ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Tilda Shalof is an intensive care unit nurse with twenty years of experience in Israel, New York, and Canada. Her first book, A Nurse’s Story: Life, Death, and In-Between in an Intensive Care Unit, was a bestseller that received rave reviews. She lives with her husband and two sons in Toronto.


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