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The Making of a Nurse [Paperback]

Tilda Shalof
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Book Description

March 25 2008
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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Grey’s Anatomy should be so compelling. . . . The book, a follow-up to her first effort, the bestselling A Nurse's Story: Life, Death, and In-Between in an Intensive Care Unit, seems intended to answer two questions that pester the career nurse: How did you choose that profession? And why have you stuck it out for so long? Marshalling her considerable charm, a knack for vivid images and a crash cart jammed with real-life stories, Shalof fashions answers that are nuanced and often heart-wrenching.”
— Globe and Mail

“The book is an enthralling marriage of drama and introspection, narrative and analysis that never flags and never loses the reader’s attention. . . . Much of The Making of a Nurse reads with a crackling vitality, an as-it-happens energy that captures the intensity of the environment and her work, a world in which ‘another day at the office’ is an ongoing confrontation with illness and death.”
— The Gazette (Montreal)

The Making of a Nurse should find a variety of readers: readers of memoir, nurses, those seeking a good story all will find much to savour here. One hopes, though, it will find readers among people seeking a way to find meaning in their lives, a way to put their caring and patience to good use. It is comforting to know that there are nurses (and writers) like Tilda Shalof out there; would that there were more like her.”
— Ottawa Citizen

Praise for A Nurse’s Story:

“A cracking good read. . . .”
Quill & Quire

“There are genuinely heart-rending, disturbing and thought-provoking stories to be found in the pages of A Nurse’s Story. If this book doesn’t give you pause, you’re made of stone.”
Edmonton Journal

“[It is] difficult to put down, so compelling and beautifully written are these stories. . . . Shalof’s stories are naked and vulnerable.”
Winnipeg Free Press

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About the Author

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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As a retired nurse I found Tilda's honest story made me laugh and cry, made me angry and frustrated, yet never for a moment bored. She left me in awe of the decisions that had to be made in her chaotic, intensive care work environment in trying to compassionately come to terms with patients desires vs their family wishes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing and revealing look into the day-to-day life of a nurse Aug. 4 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
The Making of a Nurse is the true-life story of author Tilda Shalof, a caregiver all her life, and an Intensive Care Unit nurse with twenty-five years of experience in Israel, New York, and Canada. She tells stories of overprotective "helicopter parents", so named for their tendency to hover over their children; dealing with patients ranging from gracious to delusional or even violent; to the virtual war between the mother and a girlfriend of a dying hospital patient over his comatose form. An absorbing and revealing look into the day-to-day life of a nurse, as well as the personal travails - including a stint of life on the streets - that beset the author. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good motivation Sept. 17 2012
By DC - Published on
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In my second year of nursing school I had a very hard time in one of my clinical rotations. I was having a difficult time believing in myself and whether or not nursing was right for me. At one point I considered dropping out. This book made a huge impact on me as Tilda had similar challenges as myself, and I realized that nurses are all made up of various strengths and weaknesses. I read this book over 6 years ago and it will always have a special place for me. I recommend it to anyone but nursing students have a lot to gain especially by reading this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tilda Shalof's autobiography Sept. 5 2013
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I read this book with the high hopes of gaining insight on what it takes to be a nurse. While Shalof touches on this subject, she fills the book with her personal life outside of nursing such as her travels, family and her coworkers sexual encounters. I found the book to be dull, boring, and often far,far away from anything having to do with the making of a nurse. I really felt this book could or should have been Tilda Shalof's complete autobiography, in which nursing is simply one of the many elements.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seems to lag after a bit July 2 2013
By Debbie Iseri - Published on
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The author starts out in an interesting fashion, but it seems to lag midway to the end. Highlights at times, but needs to move a bit more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this! Jan. 30 2013
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Absolutely awesome book. Could not put it down. Currently waiting for A Nurse's story written by Tilda also. Can you say excited??
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