September 20, 2007, 12:19 am

Change of Shift: Volume Two, Number 7


Welcome to this edition of Change of Shift!

While I have your attention, don’t forget to register at Nursing Voices for a chance to win an iPhone. Two lucky nurse bloggers will walk away with one of those beauties. In the interest of full disclosure, and because I mention the contest frequently, I am a moderator at Nursing Voices and I am not eligible. My Zoloft has been increased accordingly!


We have to start this edition with this gem of a story from Nurse William. I’ve been laughing for five minutes! Join me in merriment as you check out Mr. B’s Midnight Serenade. There are so many comments I want to make, but I don’t want to ruin the punchline! I can guarantee that when you are done, you’ll be saluting, too!

Max E Nurse might well be handsome but he rarely gets called “lovely” and no one brings him flowers. Find out why in You Don’t Buy Me Flowers at It Shouldn’t Happen in Health Care. While you are there, check out his Nurse Bloggers Lounge on Facebook! I wonder if he serves lattes and has WiFi…

Need a bit of an adrenaline rush this morning? Markie will get you going this week as he presents a challenge to his nursing colleagues in It’s a Dirty Job… . If we are the future of nursing, then I’m proud to go there with Mark! Check out his blog at Mark On The World.


Oh. My. God. If I didn’t trust Mother Jones with my life, I would swear this submission was a joke! I had to take a swig of Diet Pepsi so I wouldn’t choke on my veggie chips! You have to read it to believe it. Check out Ugly Nurses Need Not Apply
at Nurse Ratched’s Place. Just make sure you are NPO when you do…

The way to a man’s urine sample is through his….nose? Tele Nurse deals with just that situation in her very first submission to Change of Shift entitled Less Carbon, More Oxygen Please at her blog Heart Matters. Is it me or is something in the air this edition (sorry, bad pun)? Welcome, Tele Nurse!

Jo over at Coffee and Conversation in a Smoky Room checks back in after a hiatus with a great post on the differences between hospital and clinic nursing in, well, Clinic Nursing. Guess which one she likes better? Welcome back, Jo! Don’t be a stranger!


Wanderer takes a very serious (ha!) look at his philosophy of nursing in I Believe over at Lost on the Floor. Join him, won’t you? Ponder the meaning of poop. Better yet, find an administrator to ponder it for you. Oh, and Wanderer? Make that beer a Bud as that is Kasey Kahne’s new NASCAR sponsor. (Who says that doesn’t belong in the carnival? Kasey = cute, Kasey gets mentioned in CoS).

Do you work for Medicare? Well put on your runnin’ shoes because there is an ER nurse after you! Check out Those Rascals at Medicare Are at It Again. I’m right behind her, too. The craziness starts over at Madness: Tales of an Emergency Room Nurse!

Here’s a post I wish I had written. ER Murse makes a compelling argument in ED Patient Satisfaction Scores – Out of Balance. He states the problem but also has some ideas for a solution. If management only thought like nurses do…


John has an Uneasy Feeling about dealing with a certain type of patient. Perhaps you feel the same. Anybody have some experiences they can share or some insight on how they deal with these patients? You can comment over at Disappearing John.

For those of you who are thinking about becoming a nurse or wondering how to pay for the tuition you are already accruing, Scott presents Spotlight on a Nursing Major posted at College and Finance. A Change of Shift welcome to Scott!

Soon-to-be-student-nurse Faith was having a hard shift. Sometimes it’s the little things that get us to the breaking point. Commiserate with Faith on her blog The Oracle as she tells the Tale of the Stubborn Resus Cupboard. Let’s just say I’ve added the term “tag-team peed” to my personal lexicon. Then grab your tissues for the short but poignant Lost For Words.


Robert Bach, blogger extraordinaire and father of Hannah, our favorite girl at CoS, presents a song that shall remain with you all day (trust me!) in All through the Hospital posted at Kintropy In Action. You’ll be making up your own verses by the time you are done. Hey Robert, where did you get those medical smilies? And just because I can’t resist this smile, here is a photo of Hanna in the post Laugh Sparks (complete with audio!)

If you’ve ever wondered why I think women should go into OB/GYN nursing/medicine (and you did wonder that, right?), you can find out from NP Saves Lives who explains How a Nurse Practitioner Makes a Pap Smear Fun! at her blog The Nurse Practitioner’s Place.

The ER nurses are out in force this edition! ER Nursey takes us on a tour of A Typical Day in the ER and I’m going to go take a Flexeril because my back is aching just reading about her 12-hour-shift. She nails it. Big time. Her blog is ER Nursey- An Emergency Room Nurse Blog.


TherapyDoc has an interesting post on Paranoia over at Everyone Needs Therapy. Of course, the minute I read the signs and symptoms, I thought I had the disorder. Wasn’t that feeling of having every disease you study supposed to go away after nursing school?

From the Nursing Online Education Database, we have Jimmy Atkinson presenting the top 100 Web Resources for Medical Professionals and I am proud to say Emergiblog was included!

And that concludes our broadcast day! I’m showing my age with that statement! Many, many thanks to all who contributed, including those I was unable to accomodate. Remember, Change of Shift needs to be by nurses or about nurses. If you have information for nurses, we can work something out!

The next Change of Shift will be hosted here at Madness: Tales of an Emergency Room Nurse on October 4th.

Thanks for reading!


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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