April 4, 2007, 6:00 pm

Change of Shift: Vol. One, Number 21


Welcome back to Emergiblog for this edition of “Change of Shift”, a nursing blog carnival by and about nurses and the nursing profession!

We have two new bloggers submitting this week, along with patients and pastors and moms and, oh yeah, nurses!

But…before we start, Change of Shift would like to congratulate Marisa, first place winner of the NursingJobs.org nursing scholarship essay contest!


We’ll start this week with a submission from a blogger well acquainted with nurses from the patient viewpoint. Knitter extraordinaire and author Alison Hyde presents This Is For Every Person Who Has Ever Donated Blood posted at spindyeknit. Alison suffers from Crohn’s and lupus, her daughter has ITP. But Alison, when will you tell us the story of you mooning the Lifeflight chopper?

Hold the coffee! Erica, ER nurse and the next host of “Change of Shift” presents a post guaranteed to crank up a burst of adrenaline! Get ready for Wiped Out, posted at Blissful Entropy. (I’m thankful that all I have to worry about are earthquakes…)

N=1 at Universal Health discusses the unexpected silence of the nursing profession regarding the Walter Reed fiasco in Walter Reed Story Is Being Lost – And So Is American Nursing « Universal Health. Also submitted by “N=1”, a horrific story of apathy in Heroin OD.


When the nurse is the patient, they sometimes act like a patient despite (or perhaps because of) their increased knowledge. Cherry Ames, the nurse details her confrontation with Cherry Ames, the patient in The Danger Zone posted at Sisterhood of the Travelling Scrub Pants.

What do itty bitty, teeny tiny condoms have to do with your vision? Find out as our resident opthalmology nurse Christopher at Deacon Barry takes us through the evolution of intra-ocular pressure measuring devices in On Tonometers.

Oh man! There is nothing I can add to this one. File it under “Just When I Thought I’d Seen Everything” as ERnursey presents Meningitis posted at ERnursey.


An NICU RN and mother of five makes a beautiful discovery in I Wanna Hold Your Hand posted by Laura at Adventures in Juggling (and no, Laura, it doesn’t make you a bad mommy just an appreciative one!).

Mark is a nursing student with a vision of a logical health care system using expanded roles for nurses and increased MD specialists. He articulates this vision in Nurses are not Doctors posted at Mark On The World. What do you think? My bet is that Mark gets the most comments this week!

Max E Nurse presents two supreme examples of “Open Mouth, Insert Foot” syndrome in Say what? « It shouldn’t happen in health care posted at It Shouldn’t Happen in Health Care. Feel free to add your own “foot-in-mouth” experiences in the comments!


Ladies and gentlemen, meet NNP – a nursing colleague new to Change of Shift. I am taking the liberty of including a post, called Little Angel which can be found at the new Developmental Milestones. Welcome to the blogosphere!

Want to know how to end the nursing shortage? Ask volunteer ER pastor Susan Palwick. She explains her solution in How To End The Nursing Shortage, posted at Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good. I give my full and hearty support to her last suggestion!

Public Service Announcement! Nurse Ratched is not perfect! Why, she documents it herself in Shoot Me, I’m Not Perfect at the always entertaining Nurse Ratched’s Place! Would someone tell me how to get one of those Fujitsu robots?


Meet “Wanderer”, a new nurse and the owner and proprietor of “Lost on the Floor: A Nursing Story”. Wanderer tells of learning the hard way in “The ‘Q’ Word”. Another “welcome to the blogosphere” moment!

Checking in with Medscape nurse Beka, she gets a job lead from a colleague in a most unusual place! Find out where in Jeans and Madonna at Medscape Nurses.

I can’t believe it has been an entire year since I first heard about the campaign for a National Nurse. In honor of the anniversary, I will link to my original post from April of 2006. If you haven’t visited the site, please do and consider making a donation to what has developed from a grass-roots organization into a bona fide Political Action Committee! I explain why in “The Office of National Nurse”.


And that wraps it up for this edition of Change of Shift!

The next CoS will be hosted by Erica at Blissful Entropy on April 19th. Send your submissions to erica at letterperfectediting dot com or use Blog Carnival.

If you are interested in hosting, don’t hesitate to write.

Thanks to all who submitted and to all those who link to and support Change of Shift!


  • Nurse Teri

    April 4, 2007 at 7:28 pm


    Thanks so much for the mention of the National Nurse!! Hoping your readers submit their emails to receive the newsletter and also that they sign the petition. The excitement regarding creating an Office of the National Nurse continues to grow!

  • linda lou

    April 4, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Lots of great stuff as always. Thanks Kim!

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  • final

    April 4, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    check out our new blog about technology for the E.D.


    leave suggestions for features. thanks!

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  • N=1

    April 5, 2007 at 7:01 am

    Thanks, Kim – your usual excellence is evident in this edition.

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  • AlisonH

    April 5, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Thanks, Kim. I hope you don’t mind my commenting that I winced at the “suffers from” lupus and Crohn’s. I run away, hard, at anything that smacks of poor-little-me-ism. I have those, but it’s just life.

  • Kim

    April 5, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Hi Alison,

    That is a great point – will keep it in mind in future posts!

    Kim : )

  • Kim

    April 6, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    Hey my friend. We have registerd for school. We are going to be nurses!!


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  • unsinkablemb

    April 8, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Great stuff, Kim! Thanks for hosting… 🙂 Hope all is well with you!

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