Welcome to Change of Shift, the blog carnival by and about nurses and nursing!
The submissions run from dramatic to poignant to horrifying to informative to humorous. As nurses we run the gamut of human emotions and this edition of Change of Shift illustrates that very fact.
There are a lot of new contributors this week and some old favorites, too, so grab that latte and settle down for some good reads!
Meet GirlVet, proprietor of Madness: Tales of an Emergency Room Nurse. GirlVet is not only an ER nurse, but a new nurse blogger as well! Learn what being an inner city ER nurse is like in this submission: ER Nurse For 17 years. Welcome to the blogosphere!!!!!
I can’t possibly add anything to this post with an introduction. It truly stands alone. Get the tissues because you will laugh until you cry. Ian at impactED presents Where the Smudge Don’t Shine. And just when you thought it couldn’t happen to you!
At what point does a person realize that dramatic changes need to be made in their lifestyle in order to be healthy and happy? Psychologist Harold S. Sommerschield, PhD (Dr. Hal) contributes his thoughts via Complacency Causes Catastrophe on the North Star Mental Fitness Blog. Interesting on both a professional and personal level!
Junkfood Science blogger Sandy Szwarc, RN pulls no punches when taking on (and exposing) results of recent scientific studies. Check out the provocative What If You Could Pop A Pill and Lose Weight. When you’ve digested that (no pun intended) check out Fear Is Terribly Catching, Bird Flu Isn’t.
Over at Universal Health, “N=1” wants to know where in the Wiki is nursing? See Where’s the Wiki?-Nursing’s Mystery History and see it you aren’t inspired to do a bit of research! In To Form A More Perfect Union, “N=1” discusses the current state of nursing/medicine and they put forth the beginnings of a solution as part of the “2007 Resolution to Foment a Rebellion”!
Mother Jones, RN at Nurse Ratched’s Place submits a humorous look at her nursing education in What I Learned in Nursing Boot Camp. We would all do well to remember these rules. (The photos alone are priceless! Who knew Florence was a party animal?)
Teresa is a registered nurse who chronicles her husband’s fight with multiple myeloma in The Beast.. In the post entitled Tired she discusses challenges of working in an adult primary care clinic when the majority of your patients can’t get what they need to manage even the basics of their illnesses.
Here is a post so powerful, so horrifying that I’m going to let it speak for itself. Marisapan from Nursing Student Hell submits A Couple of Weeks Ago, At Band Camp. It took me a few minutes to get my breath back after this one.
Fellow Nursing Voices blogger May discusses the practical application of The H in Nursing at her blog About A Nurse. I had never heard of this philosophy of nursing until I read her post, but it is something every nurse/student nurse should understand.
Keith at Digital Doorway gives us the story of a home visit but manages to encompass so much more in God’s Little Loony Bin. Sometimes the most profound thoughts come from where you least expect them.
Beth at Pixel RN is another Nursing Voices colleage and she waxes thoughtfully about what it is like to work in while pregnant in Working Mothers. I can so relate to wanting to stay home or at least cut back during my pregnancies. And I agree, Beth, Gwen Stefani needs to stop whining!
Don’t forget, Nursing Jobs.org is offering a total of $5000 in nursing scholarships – when you click the link scroll down for the scholarship information.
The next Change of Shift will be here at Emergiblog on January 25th. If you would like to host an edition please email me using the button in the Emergiblog toolbar!