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Medical Critical & Intensive Care

Lives in the Balance

Nurses' Stories from the ICU

edited by Tilda Shalof

McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Aug 2009
Critical & Intensive Care, Essays, Emergency
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    Aug 2009
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A collection that provides a compelling and insightful look into the world of ICU nurses.

This is a compelling collection of stories by twenty-five nurses working in the ICU, a fast-paced, highly technological environment where patients’ lives are at stake. From cardiac, medical, surgical, and trauma units, these nurses share their experiences of caring for critically ill patients after major surgery, illnesses, accidents, traumas, and even multiple-organ failure. These 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.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Tilda Shalof is a staff nurse in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Toronto General Hospital and, in the summer, a camp nurse. She has written three books: the national bestseller A Nurse’s Story, The Making of a Nurse, and most recently, Camp Nurse. She is an outspoken patient advocate, inspiring public speaker, media commentator, and passionate nursing leader. She lives in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Making of a Nurse:
“Grey’s Anatomy should be so compelling.”
Globe and Mail

Praise for A Nurse’s Story:
“In a post-SARS world where nurses are finally being recognized for the heroes they always were, A Nurse’s Story is the best-seller no one can put down.”
Montreal Gazette

Other titles by Tilda Shalof