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The Making of a Nurse

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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...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2007)
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Dear Ms. Shalof,

Today I finished reading your book, “The Making of a Nurse.” Although you’ll probably never see this, I want to offer my thanks for your words. All of them. Each and every one.

Twice I’ve begun nursing school and been unable to finish due to life-altering personal issues. In the wake of my second departure, grief, fear and rejection on a nuclear scale saw me, in turn, go on to reject all that I have ever known, including my chosen profession. Ever since, I’ve been wandering on th...more
I bought this when I got "Better: a surgeons notes on performance" to see if they maybe complement one another (a doctors' perspective vs. a nurses' perspective) To my surprise, they are not really complementary but very distinct and whole narratives of the two very different professions, challenges. In better, the author wrote from a more technical point of view, discussing methodology of improving patient care and the health care system. This book, on the other hand, talks staight from the hea...more
I picked up this book because I'm exploring nursing as a second career and was hoping this would give an idea of what the job is like. Of course there are zillions of different paths one can taker as a nurse -- this book happens to be about a nurse who spent most of her career in the ICU of a big city hospital. As a book it's pretty good -- Talof is a decent writer and portrays her work well, though the stories of other people could have been better for my taste. But the book served its purpose:...more
I like this book, not just because I'm also an ICU RN and am glad that someone actually tells our stories, but because it has the guts to talk about burn out - something that is so real in nursing, but that people often don't talk about (it doesn't get an overly serious mention in the book, just comments here & there about her friends in a gentle / humorous way).
I started this book expecting to read medical cases that this nurse was a part of. The book began with a lot of her personal history, and I felt disappointed and almost didn't continue reading, but then it got better as she got into telling about her career in the ICU. I found the chapter on being a nurse at a summer camp to be the best part. I did skip a chapter entitled, "The Proper Use of the F-Word." No need to go there. Overall the book was just okay.
Cameron Casey
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 and her dilemas and questions/insights into the nursing and the human condition. I have thought a lot about some of the things she talks about, only she has 20 years experience.

I am glad to know I worry about the same things she still does.
I am currently in nursing school and found this book to be an insight into my future profession. I related with some struggles and loved the honesty the author spoke with about situations. It was an excellent book with good advice as I go towards a degree in this field. I would definitely recommend this book.
Arlene Richards
Because I am a nurse, I could relate to this book. It is one of the truest accounts of what it is like to be a nurse that I have read. I would really like to read her first novel"A Nurse's Story
I really enjoyed this book. I graduated from nursing school the same year and could relate to many of the stories that she told. Great book! :)
Tricia Loveridge
Great book! It's wonderful to read a book and know that nurses all over have the same thoughts, feelings and fears!
Good personal memoir of a nurse, but I didn't connect with it as much as I have other medical memoirs.
Sara Borsari
I am loving this book....I know I'm already going to re-read it once I'm done.
Dawn Brinson
Read this after I finished nursing school. A good read for new nurses.
An easy, interesting read! Makes you appreciate nurses :-)
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