February, 2007 Archive

February 8, 2007, 8:09 am

It’s Love Over At Change of Shift!!!!!


…is up over at Nurse Ratched’s Place, where Valentine’s Day comes early this year!
The Harlequin nuring novels alone would be a reason to visit, but the posts look even better!

Mother Jones, RN, received more submissions than any Change of Shift so far!

Many thanks for offering to host this week.

Two weeks from now Change of Shift will be right back here at Protect the Airway, so you got stories? You know where to send ’em – email Airway Control at “airwaycontrol at protecttheairway dot com” or use the extremely efficient Blog Carnival form on the sidebar!


There is still time before the March 19th deadline to submit your essay to the Nursing Jobs.org nursing scholarship essay competiton.

The theme is “Why I Chose Nursing” and there will be a total of $5000 in scholarships awarded.

It’s simple! Write it. Post it. Send it!

I know what it is costing to go to school these days, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by!


Speaking of school, I got my first grade on my first APA format issue paper. Now bragging is not my style and you all know I’m just a quiet, somewhat subdued personality not prone to fits of bragging or beating my own drum….

(Three hundred former co-workers just did spit takes on their computers.)

But the plain fact is:

I GOT A FREAKIN’ 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you.


Love may be in the air over at Nurse Ratched’s Place, but there’s a lot of link love goin’ on here at Emergiblog!

There are so many bloggers I’m discovering for the first time, my link list is longer than (WARNING: Obscure rock n roll reference approaching!) Steve Perry’s hair in the mid 1990s!

By the way, if I can ever find a way to fit my 1995 trip to Puerto Rico to see Steve Perry into a nursing topic, I’ll tell the whole story! With all due respect to husband and family, it ranks right up there as one of the top three totally-cool events of my life!

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February 7, 2007, 1:56 pm

An Ode to the Commode


“In a nurse’s own words…”

Well, we can’t exactly read the nurse’s own words so allow me to paraphrase.

Photo number one: “Oh my, I have a splitting headache in my left parietal region. Why…I must be constipated! It’s a well known fact that constipation is the number one cause of migraine headaches!”

Photo number two: “Oh no! The pain has moved to my right parietal region. I have to be at work at 0700, so I had better get this laxative in as soon as possible!

Photo number three: “There, there Mr. Smith. I’ve placed you at a thirty degree angle so you can eat your breakfast. And I’ve fluffed your pillow, just so! You’re so welcome!’ [Thinking to self: “Oh great…that damn laxative is kicking in and I haven’t been able to take a break in five hours. How am I supposed to keep smiling in the throes of the perpetual proclivity of peristaltic pressure?”].

Maybe if she was able to take a break when nature called she wouldn’t be constipated to begin with!

And that pretty much sums up the ad.

You’ll have to trust me on that one.

(I think I went to high school with a Sal Hepatica….)


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He’s cute!

He’s the wind beneath Emergiblog’s wings!

He’s Shane, the Web Guy!

MY web guy.

The man is a walking encyclopedia on successful blogging.

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Better yet, put the link on your blog and it will always be handy!


And now for our feature presentation…

The Commode

It sits in an atmosphere of dim gloom,

Within the confines of the dirty utility room.

Until a patient decides that they need to “go”

At which point they summon a nurse, don’t you know!

“I need to pee, and you better scurry!”

“The Lasix is causing my bladder to hurry!”

The bane of existance, the loop diuretic,

Having to carry that porta-pot is just pathetic.

“Oh dear, it’s too high!”

“Oh dear, it’s too low!”

Well I can’t adjust it,

So just sit and “go”!

So why use the contraption,

You might want to ask,

So let me explain

Why it’s up to the task.

The bedpans they spill and the patient can’t lift,

So right up their backs on the sheet the pee shifts.

The bathroom it sits in the hall way down thar,

And the patient can’t hold it to toddle that far!

With bowel movements – geeze,

Don’t get me started,

Half the time is spent cleaning the pot I just carted.

(You expected me to rhyme with a different word there, didn’t you?

Hey, Emergiblog is a classy joint, okay?)

No sooner do I scrub,

and bleach all soil away,

When the patient, they call

And say “Bring it back here this way!”

The five thousand Fleets

That they tried yesterday,

Have started to work.

Oh, yippie-ky-aye!

And when then are done,

I’m sure they have found

They’ve lost in the neighborhood

Of twenty-five pounds.

I know this is true,

Because I have to haul

The production of the century

Back down the hall.

So give repect where it’s due

to the lowly commode.

And just thank the lord

it can hold all that load.

The End

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February 6, 2007, 9:22 am

The Medical Professional Behind the Mask at Grand Rounds


Dr. Couz at Tales From the Emergency Room and Beyond takes us beyond our medical personas and into our lives outside the medical atmosphere in this week’s Grand Rounds.

We counsel out patients to “take care of themselves” and give them the tools to do so. Tools that we often don’t take advantage of in our own lives.

She was kind enough to include a post from Emergiblog this week detailing a horrific experience I had with my son as a toddler.

The photo shown here pretty much explains what I did the rest of the night following that experience.

Thanks to Dr. Couz for hosting! The stories look fantastic, so grab your coffee and check them out!


Our colleague at Nurse Ratched’s Place, Mother Jones, RN, has put together an unbelievable Change of Shift for this week! She had so many submissions she had to actually put a cap on the number (no nursing cap pun intended!).

That is a first for Change of Shift.

So…get ready for Thursday’s Change of Shift! Sounds like it is going to be a good one!

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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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