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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...

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Kudos to Tilda Shalof for showing us the beautiful side of these talented, compassionate nurses.

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Tilda Shalof (BScN1983) calls herself a nurse first and an author second, but her two professions are intimately connected. “I write because I want people to know that when they come in the hospital, their care is not all dependent on doctors,” says Shalof, the author of three memoirs about the often-unseen world of nursing and the editor of Lives in the Balance, a new collection of nurses’ stories. “I want them to understand the kind of skills and responsibilities we have, and the ways we keep patients safe and help them heal.”

Tilda Shalof’s books unmask the high-pressure world of nursing

The Center commends Ms. Shalof and Reader's Digest for this generally good piece. See more information about the book (including how to purchase it) by Tilda Shalof.

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Welcome to the official web site for bestselling author Tilda Shalof. Shalof is an experienced intensive care unit (ICU) nurse and has recounted in her books her experiences in the ICU, as a camp nurse, and most recently as a patient herself.In her latest book, ICU nurse Tilda Shalof leaves the hospital behind to accompany the nurses who work in homes, from mansions to shacks to the streets, all across the country. Working with the Victoria Order of Nurses, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that provides home and community care, Tilda meets a wide variety of nursing professionals who offer untraditional care, sometimes in unlikely settings. This book not only describes a personal journey, but it also brings to light new health care issues. North America is on the cusp of change as the needs of our aging population put pressure on our health care system; more people need care in their homes and community supports to stay well. Yet this book is not just about caring for our elderly; Tilda also discovers how nurses care for people with a home, living on the street, for teen parents, returning soldiers with PTSD, those with physical disabilities, sex trade workers, and complex pediatrics. Shalof tells her story with her usual engaging, conversational style, and with this book, she continues to enlighten, surprise, and entertain readers.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, Tilda’s books describe her experiences becoming the expert nurse she is today.Edited and introduced by bestselling author Tilda Shalof, this is a compelling collection of stories by twenty-five nurses working in the ICU, a fast-paced, highly technological environment where patients’ lives hang in the balance. From cardiac, medical, surgical, and trauma units, ICU nurses share their experiences of caring for critically ill patients after major surgeries, illnesses, accidents, traumas, and even multiple-organ failures. In their own words, these highly skilled professionals impart their knowledge and insights, along with accounts of the many challenges, stresses, joys, and dilemmas they face in the ICU. The intense emotional and psychological issues that patients, families - and the nurses, themselves - undergo are also explored. This fascinating collection allows us to peer over the shoulders of nurses while they provide life-saving care to patients.
Best-selling Canadian nursing author Tilda Shalof coming to McMaster January 18

Win Tilda Shalof’s Latest Book, Bringing It Home

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.

Tilda Shalof. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, Ltd; 2007. 311 pages, $26.95

International Editions of Tilda Shalof's Books

The bestselling author of 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…

Kohr, R. (2009). Stranger in a strange land in Lives in the Balance, (Ed. Tilda Shalof), Kaplan Voices: Nurses Series, NY: Kaplan Publishing.

Tilda Shalof | Creative Nonfiction

Tilda Shalof, ICU nurse and best-selling author of A Nurse’s Story; The Making of a Nurse; Camp Nurse – My Adventures at Summer Camp; and Opening My Heart – A Journey from Nurse to Patient and Back Again, will be at McMaster on January 18.