March 19, 2008, 11:10 pm

Change of Shift, Vol. 2, Number 19


Welcome to Change of Shift! This week is really eclectic, with old friends and new faces discussing nursing and topics of interest to nurses.

First of all, an announcement to any and all San Francisco Bay Area bloggers! Shane is coming out to the west coast in April and we would love to have a blogger get-together. The date is April 2, 2007 and the location is to be decided. If you are interested in a casual get-to-know-each-other meeting, just email me that you are interested and I will get the confirmed information to you.

And now the feature attraction:


Hepatic douche. Do I have to say anything else? Wait ’till you see the uniform required! This could only come from our Mother Jones at Nurse Ratched’s Place as she looks at nursing during Hard Times.

Sometimes being a nurse is just…nice and folks appreciate you for what you do. Keith at Digital Doorway tells of his experience in A Brief and Pleasant Exchange.

Intelinurse passed her certification for TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum) offered by the Emergency Nurses Association. She was exposed to more than just trauma and discusses the benefits of networking with other ER nurses in “I Can See Clearly Now” A Plug For TNCC posted at It’s A Nursing Thing (and thanks for the reminder that I need to recert!)


Max E. Nurse may not be certifiably crazy, but he comes close and that makes him a perfect addition to Change of Shift! He sends an amusing example of life as a nurse practitioner (and his sense of humor) in Review of the Week posted at It Shouldn’t Happen in Healthcare.

NurseConnect, a regular advertiser on Emergiblog, has a couple of very good nurse bloggers. Kathy blogs on Nursing Dynamics and Clinical Issues. Her latest post is entitled Guilty About Calling in Sick? Think Again. (Did you know the ANA Code of Ethics backs us up on this?) Laura posts on Career Transitions and Other Nurse Topics, with her latest entitled The Mounting Nurse Shortage: Are We Losing Ground? Did our salaries really peak last year? While you are at NurseConnect, look around! I joined; it’s a pretty dynamic place to connect with other nurses!

I’m about ready to spend close to $5000 for next semester’s tuition, so I was quite happy to see this submission from Neelakantha at the Nursing Online Education Data Base. Check out the 101 Little Known Scholarships for Nurses posted at Nursing Online Education Database.


This is an absolute gem that was sent to me by Amy Hummel. I’ve never listenened to NPR (National Public Radio) in my life! I knew, however, there was a show called “All Things Considered”. Well, they gave their listeners a chance to tell the story of any obsolete skills they might have. One of the callers was a registered nurse who discusses the ancient art of cap folding. Is this right up my alley or what?

Change of Shift welcomes RN Central (“the place to learn about nursing online”) as Amy. S. Quinn submits their first contribution entitled How to: Get Better, Cheaper Health Care Without Insurance (25 Tips, Tricks and Resources), written by Christina Laun.

Too much TV makes you fat. Or does it? Sandy Szwarc, RN at Junkfood Science takes us through Another Study From the Alternative Universe That is the War on Obesity. I was surprised at the results. Let’s just say that the hour I just spent watching (oops, I mean not watching) American Idol will not affect the way my pants fit in the morning…..


I received an email from CrazyRN2be who asked me to let everyone know about a new forum for nursing students called It’s a new forum and can use your support so go take a look, especially if you are a nursing student or thinking about becoming one!

This post isn’t exactly about nursing, but with my youngest is graduating from high school in two months, the moral to the story resonates with me. If you’ve are raising an adolescent, it will resonate with you, too. I have not seen this movie; my daugher has. Therapydoc presents a synopsis and analysis of Juno posted at Everyone Needs Therapy.

Well here’s a submission from an unexpected source! Charles H. Green is a speaker and executive educator. His blog, Trust Matters can be found at Trusted Advisor Associates. In this story, the nurse is his sister and the debate is expertise vs. caring. Check out Who(m) Do You Trust? What would you have done?


Check out this great news from the National Nurse web site: the National Physician Alliance has endorsed turning the Chief Nursing Officer of the USPHS into our “National Nurse”. Way to go NPA and thanks for the endorsement!

Beka, who writes for Medscape Nursing in their “In Our Own Words” blog, takes on the Organ Transplant Tourism, and yes it is as creepy as it sounds! How do we increase the number of donors in this country? She’d love to hear your ideas!

A Second Life for Nursing? Mike from Nursing, Health and Wellness is exploring the virtual world of Second Life as a nurse! Is this a way the web can help the future of nursing?


And that’s it for this edition of Change of Shift! Next week, the inimitable Mother Jones will be hosting at Nurse Ratched’s Place and you can send her submissions via Blog Carnival or via “motherjonesrn at yahoo dot com”.

Thanks for visiting!


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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