A new year, a new logo!
Actually, my oldest daughter informed me that the old logo looked like, to put it gently…commode contents.
The new one is exciting! Bold! Futuristic!
I tried fifty different colors and at least one hundred combinations.
I had to have blue.
Now if I can just figure out how to curve the corners…….
Before we get to the submissions, it is a pleasure to welcome back our blogger buddy Jen, as she returns to blogging at Into the Unit. Jen is looking for information on grief/debriefing teams as she is starting one at her facility. We’re glad you’re back, Jen!
Geena over at Code Blog finds out her baby is a savant…at CPR! Remember, you saw it here first! Check out 8 Month Old Does CPR, Saves Gloworm. Oh and get your kleenex – you will laugh so hard you’ll cry! And when did Gabe get big enough to stand, let alone do CPR????
TC at Donorcycle discusses transplant coordination in This is Why We Do It. Not only does she review what conditions are considered for donation (you will be surprised), she lets us in on a success story from an unlikely source!
Speaking of kids – for nurses who have them and nurses who take care of them – Therapydoc discusses the need for support that we all have, even if we say we don’t. A thoughtful post called Intimate Opportunities posted at Everyone Needs Therapy. And I agree; there are certain times in life when everyone can benefit from therapy. (Oh, and you can check out Doc’s take on Oscar the Cat here!)
Pain is whatever the patient says it is. Or not. ER Murse expresses frustration over the abuse pain scales in this discussion of pain and the ER in A Vital Sign With Concerning Unintended Consequences posted at ER Murse. In a second contribution to this edition of Change of Shift, ER Murse describes horrific situation in Remote CPOE Error and the Relationship to Critical Thinking Nurses. Don’t let the technical title fool you. Your your heart will be in your throat.
This guy has to win the most frustrating patient of the year award. What happens when the patient fights you every step of the way? Wanderer deals with just such a situation in Right, My Bad at Lost on the Floor. Why do people call for help and then reject all efforts to help them. The eternally unanswered question…
If you missed this in Grand Rounds a week ago, catch this rerun of Yaakov Stern: Build Your Cognitive Reserve posted by Alvaro Fernandez at Brain Fitness Blog. Alvaro is not a nurse, but he writes about brains and nurses most definitely have them (Fifty doctors just thought of a joke to insert right here…you know you did! That’s okay, I thought of a few, myself!).
Violence. Lateral, backstabbing or just plain front-on rudeness – nurses are guilty as charged. Mother Jones looks at this from her unique perspective in Why Are Graduate Nurses on Today’s Menu? at Nurse Ratched’s Place. As the Purple One put it so succinctly: why do we scream at each other? (No, I don’t mean Barney…)
In NASCAR the green flag means go, the yellow flag means caution and the checkered flag means you won. Beware of the red flag because in the ER it signals the staff that things may not be what they seem. Check out Red Flags in ER at Madness: Tales of an Emergency Room Nurse.
Ever have one of those days where you thank God for electricity? Well there is a patient of ER Nursey’s who probably does! Find out why as ERnursey presents Bringing Back the Dead posted at ERnursey – Stories from an Emergency Room Nurse. And yep, you always remember the first time you provide, uh, electrical assistance!
Dean Moyer isn’t a nurse (or a doctor) but he does have a common sense take on spinal health. In The Truth About Herniated Discs (Part one of a two part series), Dean discusses research that shows a surprising lack of evidence that those pesky discs cause back pain. I don’t know a single nurse who has not had back issues, so check out his blog Rebuild Your Back for some great tips!
Over at Medscape Nurses, life in the ICU is not easy as Beka discusses the loss of many patients in the space of a week in 10 Deaths and Counting. It’s time for a vacation, and after reading Going Home, I’m ready to go with her! She even quotes Leo Buscaglia. You can see all the Medscape Nursing blogs at In Our Own Words.
My grandmother once told me that when she is in the hospital, “an ice chip is worth a million bucks”. Someday Nurse understands. She sees things from the patient’s viewpoint in Priorities posted at How I Spent My Nursing Education. Sounds like a great nurse in the making!
Thanks to Someday Nurse, I found a link to Ian’s blog over at ImpactED Nurse that she named “The Grossest Emergency Room Story EVER”. Ian simply calls it Oyster. He didn’t submit it, but it is the most…..unusual story I have ever heard and I’ve been around the block a few times. I’m taking the liberty of including it here. Make sure you have an empty stomach. You have been warned!!!!!
Emergiblog celebrated its second birthday this month! If you missed the post commemorating the event, it’s here!
Many, many thanks for all who have read and who support CoS through links and submissions!
Next edition, Change of Shift (August 23rd) will return once again to Nurse Ratched’s Place. Mother Jones is waiting for your contributions as we speak!
The ever wonderful Blog Carnival is a good way to submit or you can send them directly to Mother Jones at motherjonesrn at yahoo dot com.