Tilda Shalof has worked as a nurse in three countries, she’s written four critically-acclaimed memoirs on nursing, as a keynote speaker she’s presented funny and engaging lectures — and she’s had open heart surgery. “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,” writes Doctor Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show.
Opening My Heart: A Journey from Nurse to Patient and Back Again chronicles Tilda’s experience as a heart patient from diagnosis to her return to nursing, a journey she says taught her more than all her years of caring for patients in the ICU of Toronto General Hospital.
Tilda is not only an accomplished nurse, she has made a second career of writing about the profession from the inside. This fourth memoir is filled with the same candor and humour that marked the bestselling A Nurse’s Story, The Making of a Nurse and her memoir about caregiving at summer camp, Camp Nurse. Tilda is also the editor of Lives in the Balance, a collection of 25 stories shared by ICU nurses.
A gifted public speaker, her compelling insight and warm voice make Tilda’s journey through the Canadian medical system memorable for nurses, patients and anyone with a heart.
Photo Credit: Vanessa Herman-Landau