September 7, 2006, 5:12 am

Change of Shift: Volume One, Number Six


Welcome to the latest edition of “Change of Shift: A Nursing Blog Carnival”!

This week we hear not only from nurses (including a Canadian colleague), we have a paramedic, a surgeon, an ER chaplain and a warning against complacency from a most amazing patient.

It is quite an eclectic mix this week and Emergiblog is proud to be hosting this selection of stories.

And so, in the great tradition of Grand Rounds, Emergiblog presents: Change of Shift.


PDXEMT, (paramedic extraordinaire!) presents a heartwarming salute In Praise of Nurses posted at PDXEMT. Hey buddy, on behalf of ER nurses everywhere: “Right back at ya!”. (Although if you had ever seen the author of Emergiblog in scrubs, you might revise that last paragraph!)

Ron Hudson presents a retrospective look at two decades of living with HIV infection in Twenty-one Years Now posted at 2sides2ron. We have come so far in our understanding of HIV/AIDS, it’s easy to forget the early days and become complacent. Ron reminds us in his inimitable way that we can’t. Important reading.

Jo, from Coffee and Conversation addresses catching a medication transcription error in Med Error….Or not . Attention Residents: learn how not to treat your RN colleague who you may need to save your derriere someday. And for pete’s sake, don’t ever write an order for an incident report. You might as well put a big red arrow on your chest with the words “Sue Me!” engraved on it. I mean really….


Our favorite surgeon, Dr. Sid Schwab presents a case of a patient with a most unusual post-operative “complication” in the form of his ICU nurse in Surgeonsblog: When Nurses Attack posted at Surgeonsblog. Warning: may cause disarticulation of jaw secondary to laughing while it drops onto your keyboard.

Did you know Canada has a Safe Injection site program? Check out how Canada is working to mitigate the problems of addiction, as Canadian student nurse, InSite Supporter, gives information via the “InSite Fact Sheet” on Protect InSite. Here is strong evidence that safe, accessible facilities for drug addicts help the community and the addicts themselves.

Malcolm presents Anne. Nurse Extraordinaire. A young nurse and the story of a life of giving, in six stunningly beautiful paragraphs. And yes, it is based on a true story and a real nurse.


Editor’s pick of the week: Room 506 posted at kt living. Read and remember why you became a nurse; every now and then we really are witness to a miracle. Beautiful.

Get to know fellow nurse bloggers “Third Degree Nurse” and Jen, RN from “Into the Unit” as Tatiana presents Nursing Studio Podcast #13 posted at Nursing Studio. I will be listening for the first time myself. I wonder if I can use this as an excuse to get a new iPod?

Pull out your sense of humor as we ponder the meaning of Jesus Loves Me… posted at Too Fat for Ponies. I’m sure he’d appreciate any advice on how to protect his laptop from the ravages of those who would abuse it!

Don’t you wish your Nurse Prof was fun like me? Too Fat for Ponies also presents a funny nursing professor in Culture Shock. Elvis and valsalva? I’m just sayin’…..


DisappearingJohn learns that patient care situations aren’t always black and white in Losing sleep… posted at DisappearingJohn RN. What would you have done in this situation?

Whether you are nursing on the front lines at home as a caregiver or in a hospital as a nurse/doctor/aide, you’ll find Caregiving Hazardous To Your Health? a thought provoking read. Thanks to Mona, over at The Tangled Neuron for this submission.

Susan at Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good reveals the best pain and anxiety relief available in an ER. Bet you can’t guess what it is! Find out at Major Drugs. No Needles.

Intelinurse2b is excited and her enthusiasm is contagious! Celebrate with her at I’m Hooked posted at It’s a Nursing Thing. Nothing like seeing nursing from the eyes of a student. It’s good for this T. Rex, RN’s soul!


Thanks for reading and thanks to all who submitted to this carnival.

Then next Change of Shift may have a guest host! I’ll be finalizing the details and posting them here. In the meantime, send the posts to me or through Blog Carnival, as usual.

Thanks again!


  • d

    September 7, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Excellent edition this time round!

    (PS, there’s a typo in Rickety’s URL. I think you left out the TLD.)

  • Mona Johnson

    September 7, 2006 at 12:00 pm


    What a rich and impressive carnival – thanks for putting it together!

  • DisappearingJohn

    September 7, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Another great carnival, Kim!

  • […] Change of Shift is now up and Podcast #13 is featured in it also! […]

  • Miette

    September 8, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Great links! I’m glad I stumbled across this and I’ll be back!

  • Melissa

    September 8, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    Loved all the great submissions.

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    September 26, 2006 at 10:49 pm

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