August 14, 2006, 9:19 pm

I Want My Bloggie!

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First things first!

Grand Rounds is up at Hospital Impact, and Tony has a great presentation-style that you have to read to appreciate!

And while you are there, appreciate his darling new baby!

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Man, working for four days straight left me absolutely NO time for my blogs!

This did NOT make me a happy camper, for I live to blog, and I am not ashamed to admit it!

I wanted my “bloggies”. Both of them!

Every night, I’d quickly check to see if I was demoted to “Maruding Marsupial” again.

Would Technorati drop me from the rolls?

Would I have to beg to be let back into Grand Rounds?

Would Site Meter still recognize my “site”?

Somebody HELP me!

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And now, like a constipated blogger who has just consumed a bottle of “Milk of Blognesia”, I have written three posts in two hours.

Ah………as the old Alka-Seltzer ad said: “Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, Oh…what a relief it is!”

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During my blog-hiatus, two wonderful things happened, I was discovered by a nurse in Scotland (Deacon Barry) and a nurse in Kuwait(Siswanto’s Blog), whose links now rest on my sidebar.

My site meter now shows visits from India, Egypt and Africa!

And yet any post on any of these blogs, no matter where in the world, could pretty much be written by the person who works beside you every day.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…..we aren’t that different, no matter where we live!

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I have been very remiss to a fellow blogger, Dimitry, over at The Medical Blog Network who, along with Fard Johnmar, founder of Envision Solutions is conducting the first large scale survey of the health blogosphere. If you have not taken the survey yet, follow this link to Envision Solutions: Taking the Pulse of the Healthcare Blogosphere.

I took this survey when it first was released. It will run to the end of September. I, personally, am very excited to see the results and wish I could go to the Healthcare Bloggers Conference in Washington DC in December.

It would have coincided perfectly with my planned visit with the National Nurse Team.

I hate it when work interferes with life. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s a bugger.

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Okay, I updated an old post from the archives on manners in the ER, hoping to make it into Grand Rounds, but I missed the deadline.

In the post, I mentioned no cell phones. Fellow bloggers have commented that cell phones are not an issue in their facilities. I have noticed other hospitals where this is also the case.

It was explained to me once, that this is because the original cell phones were analog, and not digital, and it’s the analog phones causing the trouble.

Either way, my hosptial says “no”.

Ah, but there’s the rub….how do you say “no”?

When we had signs that said “Use a cell phone and die” (I’m exaggerating), everyone used them against the rules.

Now we have nice pink signs saying, “Please be considerate of your fellow patients and conduct your cell phone conversations outside the confines of our Superior Medical Facility” (I’m exaggerating again).

Now almost everybody goes outside!

I guess it’s not what you say it’s how you say it.

I wish they’d do some studies that prove cell phones to be safe.

Life would be a lot easier.

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Do you suffer from “Blog Reader Guilt”?

I do.

I am now down to my “Medical Blogger of Interest” section, and I try to read as many as I can every day. I feel “out of the loop” if I don’t keep up!

Ah, blogging, to quote John Mellencamp, sometimes it “hurts so good”……

4 Comments

  • Moof
    Moof

    August 15, 2006 at 7:07 am

    “Do you suffer from “Blog Reader Guilt”?

    I do.

    I am now down to my “Medical Blogger of Interest” section, and I try to read as many as I can every day. I feel “out of the loop” if I don’t keep up!”

    Kim – you hit it right on the snookie! My Bloglines RSS usually has about 300 + unread posts. *sigh* The discovery of blogs should have come with an extra 12 hours added to each day – otherwise, it’s just not fair …

    I know, I know … you never said life was fair


  • Intelinurse2b
    Intelinurse2b

    August 15, 2006 at 11:49 am

    Im so glad your back…I get worried when there isnt a new post in a few days…lol. I can relate to the guilt of being addicted to blogging…Im so glad Im not alone.


  • Dr. A
    Dr. A

    August 16, 2006 at 8:43 am

    I know exactly what you mean. Life (actually work) has put me on overload and I had to take a blogging break for a few days. I think I was demoted back to insignificant microbe! Oh well. If you keep blogging, I will *grin*


  • Melissa
    Melissa

    August 17, 2006 at 10:55 am

    I think that they have actually done studies about the use of cell phones in hospitals. I remember a story about it on the news and the conclusion was that they were ok and did not bother medical equipment. Of course depending where you are you might not get a decent signal any way.


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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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