July 30, 2007, 9:40 am

Time Flies When You’re Blogging!



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!



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.



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!



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!


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!


  • Rhea

    July 30, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Congratulations on two years! Does your boss know you have a blog? Would you get into trouble if they found out?

  • Sharon from NY

    July 30, 2007 at 11:28 am

    CONGRATS! You are one of THE best bloggers and I always enjoy reading what you have to say! May you and the blog enjoy many more happy anniversaries.

  • Julie

    July 30, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Emergiblog. Looking forward to many years of great blog posts!

  • Awesome Mom

    July 30, 2007 at 2:21 pm


  • Mother Jones RN

    July 30, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Happy Birthday, Emergiblog. Kim, you are my role model.


  • Doctor Anonymous

    July 30, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Congratulations! Yours was one of the first blogs that I started reading. When my blog grows up, I want it to be just like yours 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  • Mama Mia

    July 30, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Happy anniversary, Kim! Thanks for all you do to promote nurses and nursing. I’m proud to be your colleague

  • Laurie Edwards

    July 30, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    Congratulations!! So many accomplishments in such a short amount of time, and so much compelling writing!!

  • Annemiek

    July 31, 2007 at 6:09 am

    Congratulations with this anniversary, and wishing you many happy blogging years to come. You’re a great writer, keep it up!

  • Tyler

    July 31, 2007 at 7:33 am

    Congrats, Kim! You are a gifted writer, and I look forward to another two years of emergiblog. 🙂

  • Nurse K

    July 31, 2007 at 9:02 am

    That Cherry Ames is fickle with her jobs. Sheesh. Pick one and stick with it.

    Of course, “senior nurse” means she’s…33?

  • unsinkablemb

    July 31, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    happy blogiversary!!! looking forward to reading more of your wonderful posts…



  • laura

    August 1, 2007 at 2:16 am

    happy anniversary….enjoy the celebration!
    of course i won’t remind you of th meme you were tagged for becuse you are so busy.
    hugs and congratulations.
    your success is well deserved.

  • Deacon Barry

    August 1, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    I also want to add my congratulations on your second anniversary. How long is that in blog years?

  • Deacon Barry

    August 1, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    You forgot your other achievement, which is the bringing to our attention of the Emergiblog Cap Rating Scale. Any chance of posting it, or providing a link to it?

  • AlisonH

    August 1, 2007 at 8:40 pm


  • philippinenurses

    August 2, 2007 at 12:42 am

    Kudos! Very informative article, keep up the good works! More power!


  • NPs Save Lives

    August 4, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Congrats Kim! Yours in the one of the first blogs that I ever read. Rock on!

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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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