July, 2007 Archive

July 31, 2007, 8:16 am

Taking Care of Business At Grand Rounds!

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This is Sinapore and David from Health Business Blog has just returned from a visit to this beautiful city!

Having seen this photo, I’m ready to go there myself!

Traveling isn’t all David has been up to. He’s the host of this week’s Grand Rounds and a great edition it is! Many new submitters, a few old friends – the perfect combination to peruse over a cup of coffee (which I’m doing right now!).

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Emergiblog isn’t the only blog celebrating an anniversary this week.

Susan Palwick over at Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good has been blogging for a year now, so go and wish her a Happy Blogiversary! Susan is also a (very) published author and her new book “Shelter” is now available. In fact it is on the way to my house right now via good ol’ amazon.com!

Congrats to Susan on a year of blogging and another successful best seller!

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Change of Shift will be hosted by me on August 9th so be sure to get your submissions into me via Blog Carnival or using the “Contact Me” button above. By nurses, for nurses or about nursing: that is the criteria! Get those keyboards flying!

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Some totally freaking super hot new news!!

Jeff Scott Soto is performing exactly 20 miles away from my house at the Little Fox Theater in Redwood City, California on September 18, 2007!

Check out the link for some great music! You will love this guy – he’s the most famous unknown singer in the world and the man can ROCK a stage!

Excuse me while I regain my mature, professional demeanor….

Jeff was the lead singer for Journey’s last tour before he was unceremoniously bounced out of the band by word-of-mouth with no explanation what-so-ever.

(Why no, I have no anger over that speaking through clenched teeth Why do you ask?)

I have my tickets, getting my friend to travel down from Oregon, gonna camp out the night before for THE best seats and it’s time for some rock and ROLL!

I’m sure glad turning fifty hasn’t made me grow up!

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July 30, 2007, 9:40 am

Time Flies When You’re Blogging!

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It’s Emergiblog’s birthday this week!

My blog has gone from infancy through toddlerhood and now has reached the ripe old age of two.

I hope this doesn’t mean I’ll have to throw temper tantrums and yell “MINE!” all the time.

Not that I don’t already.

Conceived during a slow night shift, the original idea was to showcase a different Cherry Ames book on each post and follow with a story about emergency nursing.

It didn’t take me long to realize there were only twenty-seven Cherry Ames books.

Considering that this marks the 1,058th post, it would have curtailed my output considerably.

So I borrowed a trick from my favorite columnist, James Lileks and began poking fun at old ephemera. He uses food, I went for anything medical/nursing related. The rest, as they say, is…well…a blog!

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Two years ago I was an emergency department staff nurse with an associate’s degree, fighting burnout and figuring I’d be running around a unit until I was eighty.

Something happened once I started blogging.

I started reading the blogs of student nurses. I felt their excitement and their passion for the profession.

The more I read the more that excitement transferred to me and became apparent in each post. Most of those student nurses graduated and now have links in the “Nurses of the Blogosphere” section of Emergiblog’s blogroll.

My passion for nursing was rekindling. The day-to-day routine of shift work had dulled my excitement and I had lost the reason I had gone into nursing in the first place. Instead of treading water until retirement, perhaps there was another road I could travel.

Maybe it was time for me to give something back.

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Now 2007 finds me back in school and heading for a BSN with a goal of a doctorate by age sixty (that’s ten years, if you are counting on your fingers!), a columist for Nursing Jobs.org, moderator for Nursing Voices and home to a nursing blog carnival that just celebrated its first anniversary.

That’s a bit of a change!

I want to become a nursing professor and work in nursing research.

And I’m still blogging.

Because I have gotten more from blogging than I ever could contribute.

It has changed not only my outlook on health care.  It literally changed my life.

It has given me the unique perspective of seeing the world of health care through the eyes of physicians, medical students, patients, chaplains, paramedics, security personnel, professional staff administrators (Hi, Rita!), and scientists (Hi, Bora!)

And of course, my fellow nursing colleagues from around the world!

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Emergiblog has now received over 225,000 hits. I guess I can no longer explain this number by counting my family members and the number of people looking for Dorothy Hamill’s haircut!

Thanks to everyone who has taken time to read posts, contributed/linked to Change of Shift and left comments/opinions.

Thanks to every single blogger on the blogroll for providing hours of stimulating reading, thought and fellowship. Bloggers rock!

Last but not least, thanks to my “web guy”, Shane Pike! Without him I’d still be cursing Blogger every ten minutes and Emergiblog would definitely not be the blog it is today!

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Blogging has impacted my life in every tangible way, not the least of which is a newfound love of writing.

Here’s to another two years!

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July 26, 2007, 6:20 am

Change of Shift: Volume 2, Number 3 (in Technicolor!)

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A very colorful edition of Change of Shift is up over at Musings of a Highly Trained Monkey!

Monkey Girl brought her creative side into play this edition. Do check it out!

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The August 9th edition will be hosted by me, so send all submissions in via Blog Carnival or use the contact form at the top of the page!

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About Me

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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