Welcome to Change of Shift, the best of the nursing blogosphere!
Before we get started, I shall engage in a bit of shameless self-promotion! Tonight Dr. Anonymous will be interviewing me on BlogTalkRadio, and I have no idea what the topics will be! Should be fun, but I’ll have stage fright even though I’m talking from my bedroom!
Then, for those of you who read “Fitness” magazine, there is an article in the December issue on staying healthy and I’m quoted in it! I’m as far from a Fitness cover model as you will ever get, but I know how to stop the spread of bacteria!
Enough about me, time to get to our submissions!
Keith at Digital Doorway is taking a sabbatical from work/nursing and muses on what the next weeks will hold in Taking Leave: Exit Stage Left. He also introduces us to the concept of “Vicarious Traumatization”. Most interesting, and I wish him well on his search for balance, rest and self-renewal
We all have to deal with death eventually, but few of us have to deal with on our very first day. Our student nurse at Brain Scramble gets some experience in exactly that, as detailed in her Change of Shift submission: An Unforgettable First Clinical Day.
Beth at Pixel RN has some great suggestions in the post 5 Websites to Help You Survive Nursing School, but you don’t have to be a nursing student to take advantage of them. In fact, I’ll be checking out the Medline drug information site, myself!
(Whoa! Lost on the Floor not only has a new template, but a new home on WordPress!) There’s a saying in the ER: The longer you stay, the longer you stay (trust me!). ER isn’t the only unit with issues. What do you do when the patient really doesn’t need Intensive Care, but the doctor says “Go!”? Check out Inappropriate ICU Transfer of the Week. (PS: interesting link at the bottom. No more Coke for me!)
Patients can’t tell what they look like, but they are there when we are at our most vulnerable. Terry, our resident nurse anesthetist at Counting Sheep discusses how you can communicate Behind the Mask. Terry also hosted Grand Rounds a couple of weeks ago, be sure to check it out if you missed it!
I have absolutely nothing to add to this post except to say I wish I had written it. Madness, Tales of an Emergency Room Nurse introduces us to the inhabitants of that very special place: the ER waiting room in The ER Waiting Room is a Jungle. Oh, I will add that Burger King seems to be the preferred dining experience in my ER.
Dang! Ever wonder what a severe allergic reaction feels like from the other side of the gurney? Unfortunately, Azygos found out and recounts the frightening adventure in Angioedema. The culprit? Lisinopril, which I started taking a week ago. Greaaaat….
Every now and then, a submission comes into Change of Shift that is not nurse-related, but is something nurses can relate to. Meet Kal, a medic in England and writer of the blog Trauma Queen. He recalls one particularly difficult call in Enter the Dragon. Restock the Kleenex.
Tired of bedside nursing? If you have considered a career in clinical research, check out Kate’s post at Alternative Nursing Careers! And no, you don’t need your PhD to be a clinical research assistant!
Katherine at My Midlife Nursing School Adventure wonders how we expect our patients to keep up with new developments when concepts change (and then change back) so quickly. She tackles this topic in Turn and Face the Strange.
Caring comes in all forms and it doesn’t always have to come from a nurse. Fellow yarn fanatic Alison tells a tale of knitting needles, ESP and breast cancer in Marguerite. You can find Alison at her blog, SpinDyeKnit. I’m happy to include this post in Change of Shift for Alison!
That concludes this edition of Change of Shift! I have some host bloggers lining up but I’m still confirming! So, for now you can send all submission for the next edition to me using Blog Carnival or the contact button up top.
Thanks to all who submitted and to all who are reading!