Camp Nurse: My Adventures at Summer Camp
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. This book would probably do well with an older age group than my own Unfortunately it did not go over well with me, but it was still a decent book that I'm sure other people will love.
I picked this book up at a used book store over the weekend and it was the perfect accompaniment to the unofficial beginning to Summer Shalof excellently compares and contrasts her experiences of the 3 camps where she served as 'Camp Nurse' to date. As she says while searching for the 3rd camp, it was a 'Goldilocks' experience. She first serves the role at an ultra-liberal 'youth revolution' camp for one season then goes to a more structured camp that caters to the elite but has too much of I picked this book up at a used book store over the weekend and it was the perfect accompaniment to the unofficial beginning to Summer She first serves the role at an ultra-liberal 'youth revolution' camp for one season then goes to a more structured camp that caters to the elite but has too much of a 'country club' feel fo Shalouf's tastes.
Finally she ends up at a Jewish-centric camp, which she'd been avoiding due to her lack of active practice of her religion but chose almost by default when she couldn't find a suitable alternative camp for her sons that would entertain them but be like neither of her first two experiences. The situations she faced as camp nurse ranged from as simple to treat as letting a kid cool off by sleeping in the air conditioned first-aid center to burns and broken bones requiring immediate attention at a hospital in town.
Add into the mix homesickness experienced by children of all ages and the fact that camp often brings out the emergence of sexual knowledge and experience, and Shalof sees a broad cross-section of the youth of today. There are also personal battles that Shalof delves into in this book. Shalof never went to camp as a kid, so when her sons were old enough for camp, she wanted to make sure they didn't miss out, and potentially realize her own dream of doing camp, even if as the nurse and not as a camper.
Camp Nurse: My Adventures at Summer Camp
As one of the oldest people at the first two camps, she never feels truly integrated into camp life and leaves both after her scheduled time feeling unfufilled and unsure if she was meant to do this. Also, seeing how some of the parent-child relationships seemed to have reached a truly dysfunctional state, she tries to keep an eye on her own kids despite knowing they neither want nor need mom's supervision. All in all a great book, though I found that she focused a lot on those first two camps, and while giving equal time to the 3rd camp, it wasn't proportional to the time she spent there.
Definitely the perfect early summer read. Jul 08, Jacob rated it did not like it. This woman is a liar.
What the summer camp nurse saw
How do I know? I attended and currently work at the first camp she describes in her book. Not only is everything she writes either a fantastical exaggeration or an outright lie she also has the gall to paint herself as the hero of the story. Here's what actually happened, as best as I can remember: She arrived totally unprepared for the task at hand. Any time a kid had a problem she would freak out, completely unable to deal with it. This culminated in a memorable instance in This woman is a liar.
This culminated in a memorable instance in which she locked herself in her office and cried when a kid came to her with a fairly basic issue. She then left the camp only halfway through the session leaving all the kids with zero medical support. It was one of the most irresponsible things I've ever heard of a "medical professional" doing.
If memory serves, a former friend of hers a far more qualified nurse who has worked at the camp for many, many years had to be called in to finish the job. She was the worst nurse we ever had, bar none. Only read this book if you're interested in understanding the sorts of mental gymnastics a pathological liar can do.
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I've already been laughing out loud at page My second favourite book of Tilda's, after A Nurse's Story. And I can say that conclusively as I have read all of her books, even the latest. As always I love her stories and motherly nature, her honesty and keen observations, the way she brings all her experiences into the larger picture of nursing care and how it can improve. As I am about to enter nursing school this fall, Tilda excited me once again about my chosen career and got me all revved I've already been laughing out loud at page As I am about to enter nursing school this fall, Tilda excited me once again about my chosen career and got me all revved up to begin.
Read this book in the spring or summer.
It's a perfect book for sitting on your lawn and imagining yourself at the cottage. The sounds of children and nature come alive while Tilda will regal you her experiences at several very different summer camps for children. You will feel like you are there, you will wish your kids could be there, you will see what true compassion is.
Oct 24, Cat rated it liked it. I enjoyed this book for a change. I picked it up after reading a blurb form it in a magazine. It was interesting to read about how many different camps there are out there. It is a Canadian book too so that helped. I went to camp as a child so I related to alot of it. I liked that she didnt warm up to camp right away until she found the right one. The first two sounded pretty horrendous to me.
Anyway, it was a good read and well written.
Camp Nurse: My Adventures at Summer Camp by Tilda Shalof
Her kids growing up so fast and finding out that her littl I enjoyed this book for a change. Her kids growing up so fast and finding out that her little boy was popular with the girls made me sad and terrified that this will come all too soon for me and my own boys. But it is unavoidable I imagine. I would read another book by this author. I read this memoir for work, not expecting that it would be of much interest to someone who wasn't a nurse. How wrong I was. Amusing, sweet, a great read for anyone who went to camp as a kid or for a parent who'll be sending her child to camp in fact, a must read for anyone sending a kid off for the summer.
It really gives you some insight into the different types of camp as well as what it's like to run an infirmary kids have so many maladies—the meds they bring with them t I read this memoir for work, not expecting that it would be of much interest to someone who wasn't a nurse. It really gives you some insight into the different types of camp as well as what it's like to run an infirmary kids have so many maladies—the meds they bring with them to camp is unbelievable.
Accepting a position at Camp Na-Gee-La in Northern Ontario put all of Nurse Tilda skills to work as she deals with homesickness, injuries, bug bites, lice, and viral outbreaks that make food poisoning a preferable option. There are humorous situations shared through anecdotal stories along with the seriousness of children on the brink of adulthood mingling with members of the opposite gender. In general, it portrays a realistic description of the multitude of situations that one would expect at Accepting a position at Camp Na-Gee-La in Northern Ontario put all of Nurse Tilda skills to work as she deals with homesickness, injuries, bug bites, lice, and viral outbreaks that make food poisoning a preferable option.
In general, it portrays a realistic description of the multitude of situations that one would expect at a camp for teenagers run by young adults. Nov 30, Amy Joy rated it liked it. Three stars may be generous for this book. I feel she may have exaggerated a lot of situations for the sake of sensationalism.
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