A Nurse's Story

A Nurse's Story

by Tilda Shalof
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A Nurse's Story by Tilda Shalof

The team of nurses that Tilda Shalof found herself working with in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a big-city hospital was known as “Laura’s Line.” They were a bit wild: smart, funny, disrespectful of authority, but also caring and incredibly committed to their jobs. Laura set the tone with her quick remarks. Frances, from Newfoundland, was famous for her improvised recipes. Justine, the union rep, wore t-shirts emblazoned with defiant slogans, like “Nurses Care But It’s Not in the Budget.” Shalof was the one who had been to university. The others accused her of being “sooo sensitive.”

They depended upon one another. Working in the ICU was both emotionally grueling and physically exhausting. Many patients, quite simply, were dying, and the staff strove mightily to prolong their lives. With their skill, dedication, and the resources of modern science, they sometimes were almost too successful. Doctors and nurses alike wondered if what they did for terminally-ill patients was not, in some cases, too extreme. A number of patients were admitted when it was too late even for heroic measures. A boy struck down by a cerebral aneurysm in the middle of a little-league hockey game. A woman rescued – too late – from a burning house. It all took its toll on the staff.

And yet, on good days, they thrived on what they did. Shalof describes a colleague who is managing a “crashing” patient: “I looked at her. Nicky was flushed with excitement. She was doing five different things at the same time, planning ahead for another five. She was totally focused, in her element, in control, completely at home with the chaos. There was a huge smile on her face. Nurses like to fix things. If they can.”

Shalof, a veteran ICU nurse, reveals what it is really like to work behind the closed hospital curtains. The drama, the sardonic humour, the grinding workload, the cheerful camaraderie, the big issues and the small, all are brought vividly to life in this remarkable book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551991412
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 02/05/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 161,912
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

An intensive care unit nurse with twenty years of experience in Israel and Canada, Tilda Shalof now lives in Toronto.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Nurse's Story 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SarahMorrison More than 1 year ago
Tilda Shalof is heart warming and hilarious. A nurse in an intensive care unit working night shifts while juggling a life outside of the ICU, Tilda openly expresses her feelings and makes it hard to not feel for her and relate on some level. This book will break your heart and make you smile on the same page. Full of bizarre and tragic patient situations, a woman who wants a sample of her dead husbands sperm, and a burn victim mistaken for a mans deceased wife, A Nurse's Story is a great read that is hard to put down.
MBlank More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the imperfect insight that she gave about her personal experiences as a nurse.
KimDB More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very good. I am in nursing school and I liked the way it was put together and informative. It is good for those in the medical field and those not in it. I couldn't put this book down, and now my husband is reading it and loving it.
Anonymous 8 months ago
As an RN ,I enjoyed getting a peak into the life of an ICU Nurse.We are overworked and need more input with how hospitals are run and how nurses are the white line in patient care.Great read!!
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