October 4, 2006, 5:07 pm

Change of Shift: Volume One, Number Eight


Welcome to the Eighth edition of Change of Shift: A Nursing Blog Carnival!

Many thanks to kt, our wonderful guest host from edition number seven!

New submitters, varied and interesting topics (secrets, miniskirts) and stimulating differences of opinion continue to make Change of Shift a great place to waste spend time on your computer!

And now, without further ado, I present Change of Shift, Volume One, Number Eight!


Dr. Crippen from NHS Blog Doctor submits this letter he received from an RN in England in A Nurse Writes. To fully appreciate why the nurse is working in these conditions, let’s put into perspective where the effort, time and money in the NHS is going. Read Essence of Care. Truly mind-boggling.

Hannah Railing presents a well-written post that was actually a nursing class paper in –Delegation in Nursing Practice: Case Studies & Article Review posted at Milliner’s Dream. Hannah’s submission reminds me that I’m going to have to start writing papers again in my BSN program. Ah, man, you mean I just can’t blog my way to a BSN?

Speaking of working your way up, Mother Jones at Nurse Ratched’s Place tells of a colleague who led a very unique lifestyle while working her way through nursing school. The story is entitled Love Nurse, and it is not a tawdry novel! It may, however, make you blush.


A new discovery for me, student-nurse Sean, a veteran blogger and a fellow night-person writes about why the night shift is so special in Night Stories. See the rest of his wonderful work at Nurse Sean.

Awesome Mom does part-time duty as an inadvertent nursing instructor as she and son Evan are assigned Student Nurses during his recent surgery. It isn’t easy when all your caregivers are novices. You’ll find this posted at The Adventures Of An Awesome (Sometimes) Mother.

Shhhh! Just between you and me, Dr. Wes sends in a touching story of the Little Secrets between a patient and his nurse at his blog, entitled….what else? Dr. Wes! Is it just me, or are cardiologists, like, totally cool?


Remember when you realized nursing would be your life? New blogger Alyson describes her journey to that moment in My Journey to Nursing, found at her brand-new blog RN Wannabe. Stop by, say hi and welcome a new colleague to the medical blogosphere!

As nurses, we care for people of all faiths, including their spiritual needs. Did you know that you don’t have to be a chaplain to perform a baptism? Susan Palwick, our resident volunteer ER Chaplain, explains the situation in Emergency Baptism for Everybody at Rickety Contivances of Doing Good. This post deserves a wide audience and is included in all “Rounds” this week.

Susan discusses how her experiences in ER have affected her faith and beliefs, describing experiences that ER nurses and doctors will recognize. A post that raises as many questions as it answers. Check out Heaven and Earth, Horatio.


Rounding out Susan’s trifecta is a pat on the back to nurses in general in Grand Rounds and Praise For Good Nurses. Why, thank you ma’am!

Kleenex alert! Relationships with our patients are telescoped into short periods of time, but we attach and grieve just the same. Rosebuttons bids goodbye in Rest Now, My Friend at Knitting in the Dark. We never forget.

Fellow Nursing Voices blogger May at About A Nurse tells of a poignant encounter with a patient who personified “making a difference”. Find out this woman’s amazing story at Army, RN. War is hell. And it doesn’t stop once you come home.


Mona at The Tangled Neuron attended a Dementia Resource Fair and came away amazed at how little real information was available for caregivers in The Demential Fair and Information Disconnect. It sounds like it was put on for the facility instead of the caregivers.

Dr. Crippen weighs in again with this tidbit from Romania, a truly revolutionary breakthrough in nursing science. Check it out at It’s the Simple Ideas. All I can say is that the powers-that-be in Romania have never seen my legs.

In a more serious vein, Dr. Crippen posts a letter from a student nurse herself bemoaning the state of nursing in the NHS. I’d tell you all to come over here to the USA, but Great Britian needs you, badly. Find the letter here: Student Nurse Writes.


I was so happy to see this submission in my mailbox! Oncology nurse (and previous guest host of Change of Shift) kt gives a “course” for those of you fortunate enough to live with a nurse. Find the class requirements at Nursing Syllabus. Make a copy and give it to every single member of your family! It will be on the final!

Have you all had a chance to meet the Medscape nursing bloggers?

These dynamic ladies are not only nurses, but are also dealing with health issues themselves, so they have seen the world from both sides of the gurney!

Meet Beka an ICU nurse and an about to be newly-minted Nurse Practitioner (heading for Morrocco!) and Julie, an endocrinology Nurse Practitioner heading for a cancer-free life after finishing her chemotherapy. Excellent blogs, both!


What? You haven’t heard the Saving the Ring technique? Well, I’ve never heard it explained better than AC does it over at Protect the Airway. Never had to try it yet, but you watch, I’ll use it tonight at work!

My humble entry this week describes why the motivation to work hard has to come from inside because there is rarely an extrinsic reward for doing so. Read my example in What Exactly Is My Motivation For This Scene? right here at Emergiblog.


Thanks for checking out this edition of Change of Shift. The next edition, barring any offers to host (hint), will be here at Emergiblog on October 19th.

Don’t forget to check out Pediatric Grand Rounds, here on October 8th. There is still time to send in your submissions so if you take care of kids, have a kid, so even see a kid on the street, send in your story!

Oh boy, and then in a couple of weeks I get to do Grand Rounds! Call me the Queen of Carnivals.

If this keeps up I’m going to start craving funnel cakes and cotton candy…..


  • Susan

    October 4, 2006 at 6:21 pm

    Great edition, Kim! (And I never dreamed you’d use all three of my posts. I actually sent them so you could pick and choose. Eeeeep! But thank you!)

  • Airway Control
    Airway Control

    October 4, 2006 at 8:05 pm

    Excellen job. Looking forward to reading all of the posts.

    Congrats on the success of CoS.

  • Cathy

    October 4, 2006 at 11:33 pm

    Kim, I cannot believe how this has grown with each edition. I learn so much from you nurses. Thank you for the hard work you do in your profession.

  • kt

    October 5, 2006 at 4:37 am

    great job kim! this keeps growing with each edition!!

  • Mona Johnson
    Mona Johnson

    October 5, 2006 at 7:16 am

    Kim, nice job pulling it all together, as always. I really enjoy reading through the submissions.

  • laura

    October 5, 2006 at 11:10 am

    new here.
    these entries are all great. i have stayed awake this morning reading….who needs sleep, right?
    seriously, i have an entry for your consideration for pediatric grand rounds. where do i send it?
    i’ll be back here again for sure.

  • enoch choi
    enoch choi

    October 5, 2006 at 2:56 pm

    you made tailrank!
    it lists others who link to you

  • Dr John Crippen
    Dr John Crippen

    October 5, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    Great stuff, Kim. And thanks for listing the articlesl in UK nursing, one actually written by a nurse.

    It would be great to have comments from USA nurses. Is your training and profession going the same way?


  • Awesome Mom
    Awesome Mom

    October 5, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    Wonderful edition!!

  • […] I just wanted to drag in any stragglers to Change of Shift. I actually have a post featured there! YAY! Lots of good nurse stuff. […]

  • Sean

    October 6, 2006 at 8:29 am

    Awesome stuff! Thanks for including me 🙂

  • Donna-Lee Moore-Stout RN, CCRN
    Donna-Lee Moore-Stout RN, CCRN

    October 14, 2006 at 1:08 pm

    Guess I have been hiding under a rug between the hospital, my coffee cup and my business… just found all of these nursing blogs and am in heaven reading the marvelous things you all are writing! I will be back as we all need an infusion of the great medicine that we deliver!

  • Ethlyne J Davidson,RN,CMT
    Ethlyne J Davidson,RN,CMT

    October 16, 2006 at 10:24 am

    Hi there,
    So exciting to read other nurses’ writings! I have not made a recent entry, but I mmade many during my cancer journey. More to follow soon.
    Thanks for this site.

  • barbara  woods
    barbara woods

    October 20, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    Can you help I’m the mother of a new graduate working in an New York City hospital who is suffering under reverse discrimination . Have you been there and what can you suggest? thanks working rn since 1963

  • […] Change of Shift, the nursing blog carnival, is up at Emergiblog. […]

  • sue s
    sue s

    December 24, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    Nurses – where have you been all my nurse life?!! It is so nice to know we all share the same crap every day.

  • […] OF SHIFT, Vol. 1, No. 8 The new Change of Shift, a Nursing Grand Rounds, is up at Emergiblog.Kim has done an excellent job with Change of Shift, and there are many great posts this week. Full […]

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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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