September, 2007 Archive

September 18, 2007, 1:30 pm

Shop With Grand Rounds, Send a Blogger to Starbucks and “Is That An iPhone or Are You Just Glad to See Me?”

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It’s Tuesday, folks!

Are we ready?

Synchronize your coffee cups…….it’s time for Grand Rounds!

This week we are invited to go shopping with Kerri from Six Until Me and you’ll be amazed at what we find in that store!

Emergiblog flies to the floor and is saved at the last minute!

(Sounds like me after watching Notre Dame this year only it’s more like a syncopal episode.)

I’m “going shopping” with Kerri even though she is cuter than me and all the guys will flirt with her.

If I can make the sacrifice, so can you! Check out this week’s compendium of medical-related commodities and don’t forget your latte (and if you worked last night, don’t forget to order an “add-shot”!)



And if this edition of Grand Rounds isn’t enough to satisfy your jones for blog reading this week, Change of Shift will be right here on Thursday!

I want you all to do me a favor and send in your nurse related posts today. Then I can tell my husband, “Honey, I have to go to Starbucks because it’s the only place I can put Change of Shift together!”

Like I need an excuse….but he can’t argue with the entire nursing blogosphere!

Use Blog Carnival or the Contact button up top.

I’ll do some homework while I wait!



Hear ye! Hear ye!

Get thyself over to Nursing Voices, where thou can winneth an iPhone courtesy of Nursing who sponsoreth the contest.

Alas, this poor blogger must watcheth another soul taketh the prize so it might as well be thee.

That means YOU!

Check out the contest here at Nursing Voices!

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September 17, 2007, 1:01 am

The Best of Emergiblog: Down With Stereotypes!


No? Well how about an iPod ? Nursing is working with Nursing Voices to give away two free iPods to deserving, active posters and linkers to the Nursing Voices forum. Head over to Nursing Voices for all the details.

I’m a moderator so I’m not eligible.

Now do you feel sorry for me?

Ah, I knew that would do it!


manbabyI’ve noticed that a lot of old ads are blatantly insulting to men.

Forgotten stereotypes return to life as you peruse these old pieces of health care ephemera.

Men acting like twits until they get their coffee. Criticizing their wives because they didn’t buy the right kind of oatmeal.

Ignoring their wives because of feminine….issues.

I find the ad pictured particularly obnoxious.


First of all, men do not act like babies.

In fact, it’s usually hard to get them to tell you how they are feeling because they don’t want to make a big deal of things.

Did I just propagate a stereotype?


I’ve noticed differences between men and women in terms of how they respond to health issues.

And it isn’t because men are “sissies” or women are “drama queens”.

It’s because men and women are different. It’s been scientifically proven that men and women process information in different ways.

Just don’t ask me to cite them. I’ll be doing enough of that in school.

And don’t expect anatomical diagrams proving just how different we are! What sort of blog do you think this is?

Here are my observations of some non-stereotypical ways that men and women differ:

  • Women tend to express more agony than men when they are suffering from cholecystitis.
  • Men tend to express more agony than women when they are suffering from kidney stones.
  • Women really do present differently when they are experiencing angina/heart attack symptoms. More vague. Less classic.
  • Men have more of a tendency to vaso-vagal after getting an injection.
  • Women are more willing to obtain an evaluation if they experience pain or another uncomfortable symptom.
  • Men will present with increased symptoms because they will wait longer to come in.
  • Women will rarely say “ask my husband”.
  • Men will more often say, “my wife has all that information”.
  • Women will usually give very specific descriptions of their pain.
  • Men will often just say “It hurts”.
  • Women will present with a 10/10 pain but look slightly uncomfortable.
  • Men will present with 10/10 pain and look ghastly.
  • Women will need to urinate within 5 minutes of arrival.
  • Men won’t even think about a urinal until you mention it unless they are elderly.
  • Women have a difficult time assuming the patient role because they have a million things to do and can’t afford to be sick.
  • Men have a difficult time assuming the patient role because they just have a harder time realizing they are sick.
  • Women will ask more questions regarding medication administration for their children at discharge.
  • Men are more likely to seem distrusting, or cynical, regarding the diagnosis for their child.
  • Given a call bell, a woman will utilize it more often, appropriately.
  • Given a call bell, a man is more likely to wait until he sees you to ask for something.

Then again, there are some things that both sexes share in common:

  • Neither men nor women have an easy time waiting. The hurry-up-and-wait atmosphere of the ER is hard for both.
  • Both sexes will immediately become concerned that they are missing dinner, even though they have presented with vomiting and abdominal pain x 2 days. If the patient isn’t concerned, their partner will be.
  • Both sexes seem to respond to illness based on age and it is developmentally related, not stereotypical:
    • Teenagers will brush off an injury as “not that bad”, especially if they are in sports or it is a sports-related injury. The first question after the shoulder is reducted or the splint is applied will be: “When can I play again?”
    • Patients of both sexes in their late teens or early twenties seem to need more nurturing; the nurturing that used to be provided by their parents. They will seem a bit needy, slightly whiny (for lack of a better word). I noticed this is college kids when I worked at a university medical center.

Of course, these are just my observations over the years, but I can state that, in my experience, with very few exceptions, men are not wimps and women are not overly-dramatic.

Unless I’m sick and then we’re all wimps, as per a previous post.

Seriously, stereotypes are the one thing I try very consciously to avoid in my practice.

It’s not easy when you see patient after patient, often with the same complaints.

It’s why I will use a patient’s name all the time instead of referring to them as “Bed 18” or “the migraine in 4”.

If I use their name, my patients are not stereotypes.

They are unique.

Every one of them.


Don’t forget Change of Shift is here on Thursday!  Get your nursing related submissions into me by 5 pm on Wednesday (Pacific Time) via Blog Carnival or the contact button located above!

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September 16, 2007, 6:03 am

Free iPhones! (How To Get One Without Marrying Steve Jobs)


Do you see that luscious piece of Apple manufacturing in this photo?

Do you want an iPhone worse than life itself?

Did your son talk your husband out of buying you one for your fiftieth birthday?

Well now is your chance to get one. Free.

Nursing is sponsoring the Official Launch Contest for the Nursing Voices forum by giving away TWO of these beautiful babies. TWO!

And all you have to do is post and link. Well gee, you do that anyway right?

Make it count! Head over to the information page at Nursing Voices and find out how you can be one of the extremely lucky people to own this precious miracle of technology.

(Ahem. As a Forum Guide at Nursing Voices, I am not eligible nor are my fellow Forum Guides. I’ve gone through three boxes of Kleenex already.)

So get on over to Nursing Voices and get your bad self an iPhone!

Then you can call me and brag about it!

I’ll have a fourth box of Kleenex handy!

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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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