December 12, 2007, 10:57 pm

Change of Shift, Vol. 2, Number 13


Welcome to the last-edition-before-Christmas Change of Shift!

I want to mention that the forum at Nursing Voices is picking up steam and your input is wanted! Click on the link and check out what’s goin’ on with other nurses from around the country and around the world!

Many bloggers responded to CoS’ request for stories about their clinical experiences in nursing school, a new blogger is introduced, some funny stories are told, a horrible tragedy unfolds …we run quite the gamut of topics this week!

Let’s get started!


Before we begin, a big Change of Shift “Congratulations” goes out to Crystal over at Aunt Pickle, who graduates Friday at 1400! She submits a look back on her newly-completed nursing school clinical journey in Am I Really Ready? Time to bump Aunt Pickle up to the “Nurses of the Blogosphere” category!

Erica jumps in this week with a description of her BSN clinical experience and some opinions on exactly what information is needed in the real world of nursing. You can find Nursing School Clinicals: My Experience posted at Blissful Entropy. Hey, Erica – next semester I’ll get to learn Dorothea Orem’s theory, too! I can barely contain my excitement, then again it is the end of the semester and I’m all studied out!

There’s a new nurse blogger ’round these here parts! Katie Bee takes a different view on what is required during nursing school in Nursing Education – What is Real Time? posted at her blog, Young and Restless Nurse. Your blog looks great, Katie and welcome to Change of Shift!


Wow! Disappearing John gives us the perspective of an ADN grad who is in the midst of a BSN bridge program and beautifully describes what he sees as the differences between the two. Find out what those are in Seeing the difference? I can totally relate to his observations.

I read a post today, old boy! Yep, I stole that from the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” because ICU RN literally presents a clinical day in the life of a nursing student in Clinicals posted at Heart Matters. My head hurts just reading the list of drugs, let alone knowing every single nuance! How nursing students manage to do this and run a family at the same time is amazing. I was 18 and lived at home!

Teresa over at The Beast…, describes a type of nurse you don’t see much anymore as she charts her path into the nursing profession. Meet this quickly-disappearing nursing style in My Path to Nursing or What I Finally Decided to Be When I Grew Up. Oh, and Teresa has contributed to the next generation of nurses, too……


Mousie presents a vignette entitled A Little Premature…. Let’s just say that she isn’t talking about birth. You’ll find it posted at Mousethinks. And for this next post, also submitted by Mousie, I suggest you sit down. I’m a bit in shock and I’m already sitting. It will hit you that hard. Tragedy, Vol.2

Change is not always easy, even if it is for the good. Making the decision to change can be even harder. Keith at Digital Doorway sums it up beautifully in his inimitable style via Back to the Drawing Board, Wherein the Heart and Mind Discuss the Future.

From the “Oh-NO-They-Did-NOT-Say-That” file comes a memo from Sutter management about targeting nurses related to patient satisfaction scores. Read it for yourself here (pdf file). In view of this, ER Murse wants to know if the push to patient satisfaction has changed ER practice. Check out How Has the Patient Satisfaction Push Affected Your Practice? And I want to know, too: have you changed your practice to increase your Press-Ganey score? I feel a post coming on…

And if that weren’t enough, how badly do you think a hospital wants to be designated a trauma center? I would have thought “never”, but read Trauma Center Designation in Sacramento Gets Ugly. Indeed.


Caroline at Brain Scramble learns a lesson about pain perception in Understanding Pain. In a (hopefully) unrelated vein, she will be hosting the next Change of Shift – many thanks in advance, Caroline!

Max E. Nurse is feeling the holiday spirit over at It Shouldn’t Happen in Health Care, complete with his very own lyrics to a song by Sir Cliff Richard. Who, you say? Time to catch up on your British music trivia, folks, he’s been around for decades! Have fun with this Christmas Cliff Hanger, complete with the original song on video! Oh, and have you heard about the new “super bug”? Here’s a little inservice: “New” Superbug.

There are more ways to combine an interest in law and nursing than just being a legal nurse consultant! Kate describes those other options in Alternative Nursing Careers: Law posted at Alternative Nursing Careers. The opportunities are out there!


ER Nursey tells a story of a unique Christmas experience that she never wants to repeat! She’s one up on me as I have never had this experience and, God willing, will never will have! Let’s just say Prissy from Gone With the Wind and I have a lot in common. Check it out in A Holiday Surprise.

Beka, in her blog over at Medscape wonders if nursing is getting harder or if it’s a case of the nurse getting older. Give your opinion to the post Nurses – Getting Older and Feeling Tired at the Medscape nursing blog In Our Own Words.

[And just for fun, because there is more to life than nursing (and these guys are cool), Dean over at Rebuilding Your Back gives a good example of why you should not take your dentist’s diagnosis at face value in I Found the Best Dentist in Springfield, Missouri¬†
and Alvaro Fernandez of SharpBrains interviews a specialist in The Positive Psychology of Gratitude.]


That’s it for this edition of Change of Shift!¬† The next edition will be in two weeks and will be hosted by Caroline over at Brain Scramble!¬† Use Blog Carnival’s submission or send them to me and I will forward them to Caroline.

Until then, have a great and Merry Christmas!


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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