June, 2006 Archive

June 18, 2006, 4:04 am

They Say It’s Your Birthday!

paulThe only thing this has to do with emergency nursing is that it gives me palpitations and near-sycope when I look at it.

No CPR required.

Just a salute to a man whose music has been the soundtrack to my life from the age of six.

Who can make 64 look downright sexy.

Whose penchant for blondes has been a source of depression since he married Linda in 1969.

I never had a chance.

Then again, I was only 12.


May you be singing, rocking and touring until you are ninety-four!

I’ll be there.

You’ll recognize me.

I’ll be the seventy-eight year old with grey hair in the front row waving her walker to the music.

With four generations of my family rocking right along side of me.

Because, as we all know,

You’ve captured two generations of hearts already.

Happy Birthday, Paul!

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June 14, 2006, 10:02 pm

Change of Shift – T-minus 7 Days and Counting!



I have died and gone to nursing cap heaven.

I want the one in the middle, fourth row from the top.

Oh wait, I have that one.

But how can I wear it without looking pretentious?

That’s never stopped me before.

In fact, I wore my cap the day before John got sick because it was National Nurses’ Week and I had planned to wear it the next day, too.

Then his gall bladder went bad.

He owes me a cap day.

Maybe I’ll wait and put it on after the PM shift leaves. The night shift won’t make fun of me…..much.


Just a reminder to get in your entries to the first nursing blog carnival: Change of Shift!

We have 7 days left before blast-off!

If you don’t submit, all we’ll have is a sputter!

Send submissions through Blog Carnival or right to me at kmcallister nine one one at yahoo dot com.

Nurses, Doctors, Students, Administrators….come one, come all.

No shyness, now!

No worrying that you don’t write well enough or often enough or witty enough…..all stories of all types are welcome as long as they have something to do with the nursing profession!

Old post, new post – we here at Change of Shift (meaning me) are not picky!

I await your submissions with bated breath – fill my email with your stories!

Geeze, you’d think I was begging on my knees or something (oooo….maybe that’s why everyone here in the coffee shop is looking at me….slinking back into chair).

And after you have sent in your post, check out my new post at Scared to Health.

Ah…the joy of self-linkage…..

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June 13, 2006, 11:30 am

Think Different at Grand Rounds


Update: new post at Scared to Health

I loved this ad campaign from Apple Computers.

Then again, I love everything Macintosh.

And thinking different is exactly what Niels had me doing for this week’s contribution to Grand Rounds.

This volume is hosted at Niels’ blog The Haversian Canal.

Niels put out some real challenges for this week’s edition and I was inspired to write a poem about a patient encounter.

Trust me, I’m no Bob Dylan. This poem is not “Blowin’ In the Wind” or “Positively Fourth Street” or even “Subterranian Homesick Blues”.

But it is “blowin’ in the list” over at Grand Rounds!


Well, lo and behold, it looks like I have a mall at the bottom of the blog!

It’s the “EmergiMall”!

All I need now is a “Gap”, a “Victoria’s Secret” and a “Starbucks” to have an entire shopping empire at my feet!

Am I the only blogger who gets excited by their own ads?


Back in April, Dr. Bard Parker of A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure wrote in this post about this book: Cutting Remarks: Insights and Recollections of a Surgeon.

I bought the book and loved it! It’s very much like a real-life “Scrubs” in that it is both poignant and humorous at the same time. I couldn’t put it down and was sorry when I had finished it.

So imagine my surprise when one of the commenters on my blog was Dr. Schwab, himself!

For a minute I had to wrack my brain for where I had seen the name before but then I realized who it was!

If you want a wonderful book that gives you insight into just what goes into the making of a surgeon/physician, this is the one to buy.

Here is the link to Dr. Schwab’s site at authorsden.com.

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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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