October, 2006 Archive

October 5, 2006, 11:17 am

The Carnival of the Vanities Sends Me Running For A Funnel Cake

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Well, I said if these Carnivals kept coming that I’d be craving a funnel cake!

And I am!

The Carnival that sent me over the edge was this week’s Carnival of the Vanities, which is now up at Silflay Hraka.

No Emergiblog there this week, but I have submitted for next week and advise more med bloggers to do the same.

It need not be a new post, just one of your best posts.

Help support the blogosphere’s longest running Carnival!

Send your posts in via Blog Carnival and let’s get the medical blogosphere on the ‘Vanities map!

And would someone send me a funnel cake?

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5:28 am

A Sucker For the Music

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Okay, I’m not normally into “tagging”.

But I’m am such a sucker for a tag relating to music that I have to participate!

This time, it was Alyson at RN Wannabe who got me.

I’m supposed to pick five songs that I would want played at my funeral.

Now this is a very indelicate time to receive this tag as I am sitting here, up at 0500 with a “code in my dose” and fighting for every breath!

Okay, it isn’t, that bad, but the creepy cold crud attacked my relatively stable immune system yesterday.

I wonder which patient gave it to me?

Hmmmm…..

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Okay, here are the five songs I want played at my funeral:

  • Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees

Of course, one look at Barry Gibb in those tight white pants from the ’70s would jump start my heart immediately!

  • Another One Bites The Dust by Queen

One must have a sense of humor, musn’t one?

  • Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin

I want everyone squirming in the pews, trying not to dance!

  • Every Breath You Take by The Police

Creep everyone out by making them think I’m watching them from the “beyond”!

  • Who’s Cryin’ Now by Journey

It won’t be me, I’m dead!

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I now hereby tag anyone who wants to take on this happy topic! No solemn, heavy mourning for me, no way!

And you know those people who want donations to charities instead of flowers?

I want so many flowers FTD can’t keep up.

What can I say?

I like flowers!

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October 4, 2006, 5:07 pm

Change of Shift: Volume One, Number Eight

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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…..

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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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