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Bringing It Home

A Nurse Discovers Healthcare Beyond the Hospital

by (author) Tilda Shalof

contributions by Judith Shamian

McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Apr 2014
Health Care Issues, Medical, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2014
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ICU nurse and bestselling author Tilda Shalof learns what nursing beyond the hospital really means. For the 350,000 professional nurses in Canada and 3 million in the US; readers of Atul Gawande's award-winning books and The American Nurse by Carole Jones.
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 Victorian 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.
A portion of the proceeds from this book benefit The Victorian Order of Nurses.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

TILDA SHALOF is an intensive care unit nurse with thirty years of experience in Israel, New York, and Canada. She is also the author of the bestseller, A Nurse's Story, and an outspoken patient advocate, passionate nurse leader, public speaker, and media commentator. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.

JUDITH SHAMIAN is the president of the International Council of Nurses, 2013-17. Dr. Shamian is also the former president and CEO of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) and past president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). She is also a professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and was the Executive Director of the Canadian federal government's Office of Nursing Policy for five years. In addition to her extensive international work, she was vice president of Nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto for 10 years and has held various academic positions since 1989.
Dr. Shamian has published and spoken extensively nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics. Government departments and agencies and academic bodies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), often call on her to speak and consult on many issues surrounding nursing, health human resources, leadership, and healthcare policy.
She is also a mother of three daughters and grandmother of 16. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Tilda Shalof
• "A smart patient knows more about coping with their disease than their physician, and Tilda Shalof's insights into the rigors of heart surgery are even more provocative since she brings a nurse's wisdom to her own operation." -- Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the The Dr. Oz Show, on Opening My Heart
• "Shalof has seen it all, and writes about it, too." -- Calgary Herald
• "Grey's Anatomy should be so compelling." -- Globe and Mail on The Making of a Nurse

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