Camp Nurse

Camp Nurse

My Adventures at Summer Camp

Book - 2009
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The bestselling, critically acclaimed author of A Nurse's Story and The Making of a Nurse is back to describe her experiences as a summer camp nurse.

After years of working in intensive care units caring for critically ill people, nurse Tilda Shalof now turns her attention to healthy patients -- the kids at summer camp. In this reminiscence of six summers at a variety of camps, Shalof opens a window into the world that is a utopia for the vast majority of children, the proverbial "happy campers," but sometimes also a place of intense misery for a few.

Throughout the summers, as kids troop through the infirmary with a variety of ordinary -- as well as some quite extraordinary -- complaints, Shalof describes how she assesses, diagnoses, and treats them all, from pesky lice infestations and scratchy bug bites, to broken arms and severe accidents. But Shalof finds that more often than not, she is treating the psychological maladies. She befriends kids from families going through bitter divorces, girls with eating disorders, a camper who attempts suicide in a desperate plea to be sent home, a teenager grieving the recent death of his father. Whatever the problem or concern, it is to the camp nurse that kids -- and counsellors -- go for help.

These anecdotes are told in a light-hearted tone, full of good humour and lots of laughs. Shalof's stories are wildly entertaining and will satisfy the twinges of nostalgia every parent feels when sending their kids away to camp.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : McClelland & Stewart, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780771079849
Branch Call Number: 610.73092 SHA
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm

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Jun 05, 2009

I enjoyed the book. The author has an engaging writing style, but this book lacked substance and Shalof repeated herself frequently. Some of her insights were interesting, but a lot of the camp stories would be common knowledge to anyone who had attended a summer camp.

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