January 10, 2007, 6:35 pm

Change of Shift – Volume One, Number Fifteen


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.

Our nursing colleague over at Creature57 shares an amazing story of patient advocacy facilitated by an amazing nursing professor. AMA shows nursing at its best!

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.

As nurses we often must “change gears” so-to-speak from work to home (and back). I’ve never seen it expressed as eloquently or as poignantly as oncRN does in “holidays, sushi and alchemy”.


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.

Where do you draw the line when your colleague is your friend? Cherry Ames explores this dilemma at Sisterhood of the Traveling Scrub Pants. The post is called Lines. How would you handle it?

RN Faye is optimistic following the last election and she tells us why in A Historic Day For the Women of America. The post can be found in the blog The Tangled Chain – A Nurse Perspective.


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!


  • A Bohemian Road Nurse...
    A Bohemian Road Nurse...

    January 10, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Good job! Lots of very interesting stuff!

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  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    January 11, 2007 at 7:38 am

    Nice job as usual Kim! I put a link to this edition.

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  • Mysterious Lady
    Mysterious Lady

    January 11, 2007 at 10:22 am

    Really nice blog! I came down with diabete’s about 8 years ago. Being an RN on a transplant floor,I’m amazed at how little teaching is down with patients in the hospital setting when it is first diagnosed.

  • Mama Mia
    Mama Mia

    January 11, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Really nice collection, Kim!

  • N=1

    January 11, 2007 at 2:30 pm


    Just an excellent assortment of posts to read with a cup of cocoa and a cat or dog around as a foot warmer!

    Your use of my N=1 statement leads me to think that it is a great username, and so I plan to do that – use it! Thanks for including my posts in the carnival.

    This N=1 appreciates all of the work that you put into hosting Change of Shift!

  • Sean

    January 11, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    Awesome stuff! YAY!


  • NCurse

    January 12, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Medical Grand rounds should give more attention to your work. A great edition!

  • ~RN Faye
    ~RN Faye

    January 12, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Wonderful! Thank you for adding my post to Change of Shift. It is much appreciated!

  • beajerry

    January 14, 2007 at 2:39 am

    Nice posts.

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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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