July 3, 2007, 12:03 pm

Fireworks at Grand Rounds!


Independence Day is tomorrow, but you can get a bunch of sparklers today over at Grand Rounds!

Graham put together the definitive collection of medical related posts at Over My Med Body!.

You might be wondering why I chose Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to illustrate the post this week.


Well, I’m a student of American history.

(Translation: I like to read biographies of the old guys)

And I discovered that…

Both Jefferson and Adams died within hours of each other on…….

You guessed it!

July 4, 1826!

Ah, I love the smell of historical trivia in the morning!


Susan McNichols has written a thought-provoking post in her Penlight column over at the Nursing Jobs.org blog. Check out “Are Some Patients Better Than Others?“. Well said, Susan!


Well, it looks like Change of Shift wasn’t the only “carnival” to have a birthday this month! Ron Hudson from 2sides2ron reminded me that the International Carnival of the Pozitivities (for patients living with HIV/AIDS, their families, friends and caregivers) was now a year old as is The Ringing of the Bards (a poetry carnival)! Congratulations to all who have made these carnivals successful!



The Nursing Voices Forum is off to a great start! Click on over and join the discussion(s) – when nurses get together it is never dull! Remember to register – you have stories and we want to hear them! Besides, I’m a Super Moderator over there and my super cape is flapping in the wind, ready to assist you! No tights, though. Gotta draw the line somewhere.


Speaking of Change of Shift, the next edition comes back to me and will actually be hosted on the Nursing Jobs. org blog! It’s a great idea that I totally stole from Beth of PixelRN and Nursing Link. Hey, I have no trouble giving credit where it is due or stealing great ideas!

You can use Blog Carnival or the “Contact Me” button at the top of the page. I’ve run into so many new nurse bloggers in the last few weeks – why not use Change of Shift to introduce yourselves to the general nursing blogosphere? Don’t forget, the posts must be by a nurse or nursing related!


Last but definitely not least, don’t forget the nursing forum started by Terry over at Everyday Nurses! Nice interface and great people!


  • map

    July 3, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    The oddest part is that Adams last words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives”. Actually Jefferson had died earlier in the day.

  • laura

    July 5, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    i tagged you. share some nursing stuff, okay?
    ps, love the wedding pic in the previous post. congrats to the happy couple.

  • Barbara C. Phillips, NP

    July 6, 2007 at 6:32 am

    Hi Kim,

    I just found your blog. I was struck by how much we have in common. I became an RN with an ADN in 1978 in Seattle, though I grew up in SF. At a very young age, my Mother gave me my first Cherry Ames book (I still have the entire collection), and spent most of my RN career in critical care before moving on to become an NP.

    Thanks for the wonderful work you are doing here.

    Barbara C. Phillips, NP

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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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