June 1, 2006, 4:20 pm

“Change of Shift”: A Nursing Blog Carnival

rnphoneCall me crazy.

Call me nuts.

But I am banking on the idea that there are more nurse blogs out there that would like to be seen and heard.

I am a great fan of “Grand Rounds” and I believe that as many nurses as possible should contribute.

Not many do.

But what if….

…..we had a forum just about nurses and nursing.

I know it has been tried before and did not last. Things have changed dramatically in just the 9 months that I have been blogging and I think there is a niche for nursing blogs that may not have been as fully developed before.

Here are the basic ideas:

  • The topic must be about some aspect of nursing and not necessarily job related.
  • I’d politely request a link back to “Change of Shift” when your post goes up.
    • If you contribute to Grand Rounds every Tuesday, and I think we should, the post you send to “Change of Shift” needs to be a different post.
      • If you are only going to post once a week, send it to Grand Rounds.
      • If the host for the week chooses not to use it, I’m happy to include it.
      • I don’t want the nursing contribution to Grand Rounds diluted.
    • Anyone can contribute
      • Nurses: we’re blogging already! Send your latest post!
      • Doctors: how do nurses come across at work? What could we do to make your job easier? What could you do to make our job easier. Anecdotal experiences with nurses, good or bad and what can we learn from them?
      • Patients: What has been your experience? What makes a nurse a good nurse from you perspective? What did you get or not get from your nurse? If you could lecture a class of nursing students for one hour,what would you say

Now, I’m no Glenn Reynolds from Instapundit so don’t expect an “Emergilanche”. But I do get an average of 300 readers a day, hopefully more if this takes off. So there is some exposure/advantage to be gained by submitting.

Okay, so what do I get out of this and why am I willing to take it on?

  • I am absolutely, 100% addicted to blogging.
  • I am absolutely, 100% addicted to encouraging nurse bloggers and bloggers blogging about nursing.
  • I am absolutely, 100% addicted to more traffic.
  • I am no longer a slave to the whims of Blogger (bless you, Shane) and am not as nervous about hosting anything.
  • I hopefully will see an increase in ad revenue which would make me very happy as there is a MacBook Pro with my name on it at the local Apple store.
  • I really, really want to do this!

And that folks, amounts to full disclosure. My motivations are an open book. Hopefully a best-selling open book but open none-the-less.

All comments welcome; thanks especially to Nick and Geena for their google-group advice and encouragement.

More details to come.


      • Nicole

        June 1, 2006 at 7:13 pm

        Cool idea. I don’t have anything to contribute, but I recently started a blog for nursing school:):)

      • Julie

        June 2, 2006 at 4:18 am

        I think it is a great idea Kim and would love to take part (if and when I write about nursing) but also would be happy to host.

      • Erica

        June 2, 2006 at 5:49 am

        Great idea, Kim – I find myself posting about my job and related aspects of nursing more often than about anything else on my blog, and I agree – we have a good deal to say that’s worth hearing. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for the details.

      • Hannah

        June 2, 2006 at 3:01 pm

        And students can contribute?

        Hh 🙂

      • Shannon

        June 2, 2006 at 4:19 pm

        Yeah… what Hannah said! How about nursing students? I am not officially in a nursing program, but am working towards one. Plus, with my credentials and my employment in an ER… it ought to count for something. *wink*

      • Carrie

        June 2, 2006 at 6:22 pm

        Sounds great! I’m definitely all for it!! However, my submissions to grand rounds have dropped off since my first one because I got busy and my posts were about a rather random variety of things. I did submit to pediatric grand rounds this time, though! 🙂

        I’m in!

        Take care!
        Carrie 🙂

      • pam

        June 2, 2006 at 8:47 pm

        Kim, I love that idea! I would totally be a part of something for nurses/nursing. I’ll be sure to check back for details.

      • Cassie

        June 2, 2006 at 8:50 pm

        Hey Kim~
        What a great idea! I read your blog every day and you’ve inspired me to start my own. It’s about being a mom, RN-supervisor in the ED, married to a firefighter and 25. How would this work exactly?? (Like I said, new to this)

      • Cassie

        June 2, 2006 at 9:10 pm

        Oops, here is my corrected website http://mommyrn.blogspot.com/

        New to this, hee hee,

      • Hoodia

        June 3, 2006 at 6:54 am

        This is a good idea. I used to work in a hospital and then clinic as a nurse and have since gotten out of it. Something like this would have been very helpful.

      • NPs Save Lives

        June 3, 2006 at 7:17 pm

        Count me in and click… click… click… Always looking for support and ain’t too proud to beg!!
        I think it would be great to have an all nursing grand rounds (students welcome!) Let me know what to do!!

      • Karen

        June 4, 2006 at 3:48 pm

        I love the idea of nursing grand rounds – thanks for spearheading it! Hopefully I will have something worthy of contribution in the future. I tend to have random blog entries at this point. 🙂 Looking forward to the first installment!

      • Edelee

        June 4, 2006 at 4:04 pm

        I love your idea, and I love your blog.
        Im a student nurse from London.
        check out my blog.

      • Betty

        June 4, 2006 at 9:39 pm

        I don’t have a clue what this all means but I think it sounds fun. Please count me in!!! Weeeee.

      • oncRN

        June 12, 2006 at 9:18 am

        what a great idea…i read about it through Dream Mom’s site. i’m ready to submit whenever you are ready to receive. thanks!

      • kt

        June 12, 2006 at 10:36 am

        I would love to join on. i read also through Dream Mom’s site.

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      • Vicky Davis

        June 20, 2006 at 6:11 pm

        Heads up nurses. You are being replaced by foreign workers as we speak. It happened to IT professionals, engineers and it’s happening to nurses and teachers.

        Don’t believe the ‘shortage’ shouters. It’s a corporate marketing tool to justify the increased importation of foreign professionals to replace you.


        It’s all about the money and the bottom line is that there is a nurse in training in Bangalore and in the Philippines who will work for $10.00 per hour to your $30 to $40. It’s the basic law of supply and demand. The corporations are flooding our labor markets with imported human commodities to replace you.


        Read the following two paragraphs from the article in the link:

        Demand for full-time registered nurses exceeds supply by nearly 170,000 nurses this year, according to the American Hospital Association. That shortfall is expected to widen to more than 1 million by 2020, the trade group estimates.

        Wage increases for nurses have been insignificant during the decade-long shortage, experts said. Wages stagnated in 2003 and then fell 6.4 percent in 2004, leading to a decline in nurses working at hospitals, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

        If the second paragraph is true, the first paragraph can’t possibly be true – according to the rules of supply and demand.

        Sign up for the Job Destruction newsletter to find out about how corporations are creating the perception of shortages to justify flooding our labor markets with imported foreigners replacing American citizens in our own labor market.


        Also, you should get up to speed on the WTO and ‘free trade’ agreements that are being signed because they include people as commodities for trade. You are being sold out.



        US makes room for more Indian nurses

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