April 10, 2007, 9:32 pm

I Don’t Wanna Be Anything Other Than Me

chainedtocalendar

Yes, I am chained to the calendar!

At least for the next 90 days.

I made a quick trip over to AskShane.org just to check out the latest post.

Lo and behold, it was a challenge to post daily for the next ninety days.

Dang!

I cannot turn down a challenge.

I figure I wrote 50,000 words in a month, I can write a post every day.

Where the heck I’m going to find ninety topics is beyond me!

Anybody care to power blog along with me? If Shane gets ten people signed up he’ll link to the blogs.

Head over to this post and sign up!

Honestly, the things I’ll do for a link!

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I’m often asked why I don’t blog anonymously.

It never occured to me to blog anonymously.

Emergiblog was conceived at work, my co-workers watched me set up my first Blogger template and three months later, when I actually began blogging, they would read what I wrote.

I use my first name on the blog. My last name is part of my email address, so I knew anyone who emailed me would see it.

I wasn’t too concerned.

I am more concerned about keeping my workplace anonymous. At least for now.

In fact, I’ve only told one person where I work.

Trying to keep the information out of print interviews was a different matter! Luckily I was able to see the interviews before they were printed because they had not only where I work, but where I live and every single hospital I’ve ever worked in!

Uh…I don’t think so!

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So, why does blogging under my “real” name work for me?

I think there are a few reasons.

  • I like my job and the hospital I work for. It doesn’t stop me from ventilating over frustrating paperwork, nights from hell, the usual politics or other things I wish would change. I have co-workers stop me and tell me topics they would like to see a blog post about. They hang articles about Emergiblog up in the break room.
  • I’m personally accountable for what I write. It doesn’t change what I write about or how I write, but it keeps me writing responsibly. Once on the internet, always on the internet – it’s not like you can take it back.
  • I find trying to stay anonymous takes way too much energy.
  • I’ve been a nurse for nearly 29 years. I’ve worked in nine different facilities and in five different specialty areas. That gives me a lot of room for making “composites” of patients, co-workers, doctors, situations and facilities.
  • Nurses traditionally tend to be invisible – not wanting to give opinions or their names or go “on record” about issues or problems. I want to break that mold. Here’s where I should give an APA reference to Buresh and Gordon’s “From Silence to Voice”. I challenge any registered nurse to read the first five chapters of that book and not be energized to speak out!

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A funny thing happened soon after Emergiblog became visible on the web.

I was taking a PALS class at one of my old hospitals when a former co-worker walked over. She said, “Are you the writer of Emergiblog”?

How did she know?

“It sounds like you!”

So, I guess what you read is what you get. I don’t want to be “Nancy Nurse” or “Blogging RN”.

I don’t wanna be anything other than…

…me.

8 Comments


  • Candy

    April 11, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Very glad to hear that! We (your loyal readers) don’t want you to be anything but you, either.



  • Candy

    April 11, 2007 at 10:17 am

    By the way, this poor woman chained to the calendar has some sort of anatomical problem — her waist has obviously been constricted in some horrible way…REAL women don’t have that kind of waist!



  • Margaret

    April 11, 2007 at 11:02 am

    If that woman was average, Barbie wasn’t so far off the mark!!
    On the other hand, I have some very old sewing patterns, where size 12 has similar measurements to a modern size 6 or 8.
    But that waist can’t be more than 17 inches!!



  • AlisonH

    April 11, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    I write my blog under my full name because that’s how it is on my books. So, if I end up your patient sometime, introduce yourself, wouldja? We’ll have a great laugh together.


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  • Labor Nurse

    April 13, 2007 at 11:29 am

    You have some convincing arguments to blog non-anonymously. But I won’t do that…yet.



  • Max E Nurse

    April 16, 2007 at 4:48 am

    OK Kim – I was reading Shane’s steps and thought “no way to every day”. Excellent to follow your progress though.
    If you get stuck, you’ll have to resort to: “what I do on my days off”,
    then move on to the really drastic – “what I found while contemplating my naval/looking in my belly button today!!”
    “Day 90, had breakfast…PU…I can see the summit…”
    Good luck, I’m sure you’ll do fine.

    Max
    xx



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