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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
Paperback, 336 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
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Elisabeth Manley
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this would be a collection of various nurses' stories but it followed Tilda throughout her career. There were alot if personal stories related to her family and parents which were fine but I did hope for more of her nursing stories. I loved hearing about her 20 years in the ICU and the summer she spent as a camp nurse with great stories. I also liked reading about her student days and understanding what she means about how your accomplishments sounds weird to other people like being pr ...more
Jen Pierce
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
It took me a little while to get into this, but once I did, it was worth it. Shalof says things about my former profession I'm not sure I've read anywhere else. She put into words what so many of us have felt in nursing, reasons both to stay and to leave. Here are a few quotes that got me.

From chapter 8, "But I still haven't figured out how to teach another nurse to manage the emotions this work can evoke. I know many experienced nurses who still struggle with this challenge. How do you care, b
May 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really well-told story; the author had to care for her ill parents as a child, became a nurse and worked in a hospital in Israel, then back to Canada and worked in an ICU in a large hospital for more than 20 years. She's a good narrator and also spent quite a bit of time examining issues like when to keep pushing life-lengthening treatments during critical illness and when to let the patient die with dignity. Also discussed how difficult it is to really give a good level of care when ...more
Cameron Casey
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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).
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
m. jae' gilkerson
The Making of a Nurse

As usual Tulsa has done an exceptional job of writing what many RN's feel. I have a great deal of respect for her as a RN. She has a gift in her writing skills. Highly recommend this book.
Heidi Busch
This book was an interesting look at what it takes to be a nurse. I think it painted an interesting perpectve. Nursing seems to be one of those professions that is constantly changing. but still has core values that sustain it. At least that's my take-away from this memoir.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read
Dawn Brinson
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this after I finished nursing school. A good read for new nurses.
Sara Borsari
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-care
I am loving this book....I know I'm already going to re-read it once I'm done.
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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! :)
Good personal memoir of a nurse, but I didn't connect with it as much as I have other medical memoirs.
Kathleen McRae
well written!
Arlene Richards
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
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
Tricia Loveridge
Great book! It's wonderful to read a book and know that nurses all over have the same thoughts, feelings and fears!
An easy, interesting read! Makes you appreciate nurses :-)
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