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12 Comments

  • Mother Jones RN
    Mother Jones RN

    December 4, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    Blogging is fun and it’s been great for my mental health. Thank you, Kim, for encouraging me to start my blog.

    MJ


  • Rita Schwab
    Rita Schwab

    December 4, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    A word of caution for new bloggers. Even if you blog “anonymously” as in, you don’t publicly post your name or location, keep in mind that if someone with a few internet sleuthing skills really wants to figure out who you are, they can.

    Don’t post anything that you don’t want your mom, or a plaintiff’s attorney, to know about.


  • Universalhealth
    Universalhealth

    December 5, 2006 at 7:49 am

    Another nurse blogger here. I focus on nursing history, extant issues, nursing’s influence (or lack thereof) on health policy and on legislation and more. Come visit, comment and contribute.

    Your blog is a terrific one! I hope it’s OK for me to add a link to my blogroll.


  • neina
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    December 5, 2006 at 9:56 am

    Hi, I am a student and was wondering if you or anyone you know would be willing to leave a few sentences on my blog about how the nursing shortage does or does not affect you, or your job. I like to read your posts they are commical. Thank you…neina


  • jen
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    December 5, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    and never, ever post a photo that is remotely recognizable to show what city or hospital you work at…………or you could get stalked to the point of leaving.


  • Mel
    Mel

    December 6, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    This has nothing whatsoever to do with blogging, but how the heck could Barbie pull a *real* nursing shift in those shoes???


  • Patti
    Patti

    December 6, 2006 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks Kim for encouraging me to start my own blog. I read about your site in the AACN newspaper I just received in the mail. Great job! I’ve learned so much just from browsing your blog. Thanks for sharing.


  • ~RN Faye
    ~RN Faye

    December 11, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks Kim,
    I started my blog today. Great advice, it can only get better from this point on…hopefully. Universal Health.. I love your blog too, see you in cyberspace soon..


  • Rebl
    Rebl

    January 28, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Hi there! I completed my first blog here today. Thanks for your advice!!


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