Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Making of a Nurse

Quickie Recap: Tilda Shalof has been a caregiver since she was a kid, nursing both parents through serious illness. You might feel compelled to say that if anyone was born a nurse, it was Shalof, but she's the first to set you right: a nurse is something she became, and became through difficulty and adversity, and continues to along the same path even after more than 20 years in the field.

Quickie Review: My sister is a nurse. Everyone knows a nurse. But I guarantee you, there are spots in this book that will surprise you. Just what is that nurse thinking when she's cleaning up shit, or when she's just accidentally given you the wrong meds, or when yet another conservative government is elected and thinks health care is a great place to start cutting...? Well, Shalof will tell you. She's got a great attitude and a nice sense of humour, but she is human, and that's probably why I liked this book - she's just doing her job, like we all are, with good days and bad, always trying to learn, sometimes making mistakes, struggling with motivation and ethics and a volatile job market.

Quickie Recommendation: Good stuff.

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