June, 2006 Archive

June 25, 2006, 11:45 am

And You Thought Superman Had X-Ray Vision…


Ever think radiology was,well, boring?

Ever think that being able to actually see something on an xray or CT scan was immpossible?

Well, think again folks, because Radiology Grand Rounds, aka The Carnival of Medical Imaging is up and running!

And I have spent a bit of time on a Sunday morning checking it out so you know it has to be interesting!

Be sure to check out the dude with the dart in his head and see if you don’t get some sympathy pain!

And mostly, congrats to Dr. Sethi for a great initial edition.

I wonder what he’d think of the internal workings of the guy in this advertisement….

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June 22, 2006, 6:49 pm

Ask The Nurse! (Or Boycotts Are Buggers)


What’s wrong with this picture?

The nurse is sharing her Pepsi, that’s what.

I don’t nevah share my (diet) Pepsi.

You get your own!

Why, if I had known my own facility sold Coke, I’d have thought twice about accepting my position!

Maybe we can negotiate a “Pepsi Only” clause in our next contract.


Now what’s right with this picture?

Yep, you guessed it!

On the KCS (Kim’s Cap Scale), this nurse is wearing a 10/10.

No flat cap syndrome, perfect arch over the scalp.

Life doesn’t get any better than that!


Shameless self promotion:  new post on Scared to Health


I wasn’t sure what to call this post.

I’m sitting in a local Starbucks, which, bless their caffeinated heart, has my wireless internet lifeline, aka T-Mobile wireless.

But the music is too loud, they only have two cushy seats with two very comfortable butts already ensconced in them (for the last three hours). Now if it was my butt in the chair, I’d sit there for three hours too, so I totally understand.

But the barrista is calling out the drinks in the same manner as a World Cup announcer yelling “Goal!” and Sting is singing rather loudly about some esoteric subject.

They were playing Dylan earlier. Tres cool! I’ll take Bobby any day. He makes me wanna get up and protest something.

Which brings me to my next topic.


Why, you ask, am I sitting in an uncomfortable seat at a loud Starbucks when I could be hoarding one of eight thick, leather, cushy chairs at my local Seattle’s Best?

Because I’m boycotting Borders Bookstore (long story, link to issue in an earlier post) and my precious Seattle’s Best is attached to it.

So if I go to the coffee shop that is an integral part of the bookstore I’m boycotting, then I’m not really boycotting.

If I could get past that logic, I’d be at Seattle’s Best right now.

Trouble is, nobody informed my lumbar-sacral area about the boycott and it is presenting me with painful anti-boycott counter-arguments as I write. It’s like my brain is Bob Dylan and my lumbar sacral spine is Ann Coulter and they are violently arguing.

And that has to be the most stupid analogy on the web.

Let us just say that “Ann”‘s arguments are Vicodin strong.


Nobody ever told me that protest was painful. If you ever see a protest on TV and someone is holding a sign that says “Protect Your Butt, Protest Standing Up!”, it will be me.


Ever wanted to sit down and have lunch with an ER nurse?

Learn the real scoop behind what goes down when you are a patient?



Well just in case you decide it might be interesting, I thought I’d have a post called “Ask the Nurse”.

You send in a question and I answer it.

No medical advice, of course, just my experiences in how things work behind the scenes.

Questions like “How do you nurses manage to stay so beautiful after running into and through body fluids for twelve hours?” will be given top priority.

The question, “Why would someone go to an ER for an enema?” is unanswerable and will be sent to the great blog commode in the sky.

If I get enough questions, I’ll make a post out of it.

If not…..well….

I’ll make some up!

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June 21, 2006, 11:00 pm

Change of Shift: Volume One, Number One


Welcome to the first edition of what I hope will become a tradition akin to the wonderful “Grand Rounds”.

Welcome to :”Change of Shift: A Nursing Blog Carnival”

My goal was to find new nurses and nursing blogs and urge them to contribute to the medical/nursing/patient blogosphere. I hope to include submissions on the topic of nursing from doctors and patients in future editions.

I believe you can judge the sucess of this endeavor in the following submissions.

My links have certainly expanded accordingly!



Rosebuttons presents a poignant ICU vignette in When They Open Their Eyes, They Break My Heart posted at Knitting in the Dark.

And as a special guest, we have Cherry Ames, herself wondering When Does the Nursing Start?

Our favorite Nurse Practioner student sends in a post that’s all about collaboration and respect in The Use of NPs and PAs in Hospitals. I have worked with both and find them a wonderful addition to the care of patients. I know my ER runs very smoothly with ours!

MamaDoc represents the medical profession this round as she reminisces about her experiences with nurses as a student in Memory Lane, posted at Fat Doctor . My favorite memories of my brief stint at a teaching hospital are about working with the interns.


Alec presents Today Is Where My Book Begins. Non-traditional and totally cool, not only has Alec grasped all the excitement and the unknown future of the graduate nurse, he has given me a reason to go check out iTunes for a great song. See which one at Cowman’s Corner of the Web. Congratulations, Alec!

Hannah at Milliner’s Dream discusses what constitutes a loss, and it’s more than you can imagine. She submits If I Should Die Before I Wake.

Katy, an oncology RN and one of my new nurse links at kt living discusses taking care of her patient before she even realizes a second one is developing at Full Moon Mania.

Remember what it was like when you first received notice that you had been accepted to nursing school? Well, it just happened to Nicole at Nicole, Student Nurse. Check out OMG! and join me in congratulating her on her accomplishment.


Ever wonder what it is like to work as an outpatient dialysis nurse? I have. Janet at Chocolate and Raspberries vividly describes these duties in her post Hustle and Flow.

oncRN presents e. posted at oncRN. There is nothing I can add that would make this post any more powerful.

Nursing student Marisa has an exciting experience in the OR in CABG! at Nursing Student Hell. Great story.Great title for a blog!

Anonanurse presents Give yourself a hug and push with your heels. posted at Messadventures Galore. And get ready to laugh at the hilarious post: Your Boyfriend is Hot.


Erica presents a touching post about a horrible tragedy at Blissful Entropy: Low-tech healing, followed by another heart wrenching look at the loss of a child at Blissful Entropy: At a loss. She then writes a “keepin’ it real” post on exactly why she sees the cost of healthcare rising at Blissful Entropy: A little whine. . . And if you haven’t figured it out yet, all these are posted at Blissful Entropy (And I do believe that is the record for the number of links in one submission!)

Join me in welcoming a new RN to the blogosphere as she introduces herself at RuralED.

PixelRN presents a profound dilemma in Round One: It’s a Tough Business posted at PixelRN. Kudos to MICU nurses everywhere. I don’t think that’s something I could handle today.

Jodi at Coffee and Conversation pulls from her archives to describe the difficult position of being a nurse and a daughter at the same time, as she watches her mother deal with a terminal illness at Inevitable.

I never tire of hearing how someone was led, or called into nursing. Each story is different and demonstrates how we all bring something unique to the profession. Pam over at Pammiecakes descibes her voyage into the nursing waters in Why I Want To Be A Nurse (In Third Person).

As I posted Jodi’s submission, I started thinking about my early blog days, meaning last August, when I started this whole idea of writing my thoughts down for posterity. And so in keep with my obsession with my nursing cap, I present one of my very first posts, entitled Cap-tivated!


Thanks to all who contributed to our very first Change of Shift. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed all the submissions.

A link back to Change of Shift would be appreciated as it will help spread the word amongst the medical blogosphere that there is a nursing carnival that welcomes all submissions.

Doctors, patients, family members of patients – your experiences with nurses, both postitive or otherwise are always welcome as are your opinions, rants, poems or however else you choose to express yourself!


The next Change of Shift will be posted on July 13, 2006, with a submission deadline of July 12, 2006 at 1700 PDT. Until we get a routine established, I’ll continue to host.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of Change of Shift using the carnival submission form at Blog Carnival. Past posts can be found on their blog carnival index page, in addition to the Emergiblog Change of Shift Page. Eventually, you will also be able to submit via The Medical Blog Network. I hope to set that up soon.

Of course, you can always email me your submission directly.

And please, don’t forget to contribute to “Grand Rounds”. Keep the nursing voice a prominent part of our preeminent compilation of all that is good in the medical blogosphere.

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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