In celebration, I asked nurse bloggers to send in their first posts and tell us a bit about why they started blogging.
I was surprised at how long some of my colleagues have been writing about their nursing adventures, sharing their lives and opinions.
Many thanks to all the bloggers, nursing and otherwise, who have supported CoS over the last two years and to all who have hosted the carnival.
Let’s get started!
Geena has been blogging at Code Blog since 2002! She was the first nurse blogger I found (after I realizing here were other nurses in the blogosphere), and getting a button on her website meant you had “arrived”. I was thrilled when Emergiblog made the list. Here, in one of her first posts, is a heart stopping story (no pun intended) of a patient who just had to mess with his equipment! Her latest post is Shift Change.
I wasn’t the only blogger jump-started by Geena! Disappearing John has been blogging since 2004. I’ll let him tell the story:
I cheated. This is my second post. I originally started my blog with no idea where it was going. I had recently had gastric bypass surgery and the stress from that, coupled with being in nursing school, was causing stress in my relationship, so I found some blogs, that led me to more blogs, that led me to more blogs, and so on. Reading my first few posts, I am struck by a few things: I obviously had not heard of “spell check” yet, and it is fun to read some of the wonder in my “voice” as I worked in various roles during school. It has been almost three years for me as a blogger, and it is truly the longest hobby (and cheapest hobby) I have ever had… My favorite ear;y post was actually my ninth, titled “I miss my best friend”. Geena, at CodeBlog stumbled across it when I submitted something else for a new thing called “Grand Rounds” and politely included my drivel with the writings of so many other medical bloggers. From that day, I was hooked….
Check out DisappearingJohn RN: Bear with me, I’m new to this… posted at DisappearingJohn RN. His latest post is What Has Me Laughing Today…
NPs Save Lives has been blogging since February of 2005. She tells about her blogging history and where it has taken her in How The Nurse Practitioner’s Place Was Born posted at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place. Geena was one of her first readers, too. Are you detecting a pattern here?
Beth began her blogging career in 2005 and chronicles her experience with death in MICU in Nurse + Blog = PixelRN posted at PixelRN. She muses, “As I revisit this post, I am wondering, ‘Is it any wonder I don’t work in the MICU any more?'” Check out her latest post, Nurses and Creative Writing.
Crystal wasn’t “Nurse Pickle” when she started blogging but she is now! Another alumnus of the “Class of 2005”, she notes:
Looking back, I didn’t realize it has been almost three years since I started my blog. I originally started my blog while I was working on my pre-reqs to get into nursing school. It was meant as a way for me “talk” about things going on in my life. I’m now a nurse and still blogging. I talk a lot about my transition and my everyday life. Nothing too exciting! Thanks for taking me back down memory lane!
Girl in Greenwood is now an RN, but back in July of 2004 she was still working toward being accepted to a nursing school. She’s come a long way, but you can see her first steps in girl in greenwood: get thyself to a nursing school, go! posted at girl in greenwood.
I started blogging because, firstly, writing is just something I have to do. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. Secondly, I wanted a way to really investigate the things I experienced in nursing school and beyond. This is no ordinary profession, as you well know. I also wanted to connect with other nurses and nursing students around the country, to share in their experiences as well. I have come to realize that nurse bloggers make up a very special part of our profession, and I’m proud to be a part of it.
See her progress in her most recent post, Code.
I have yet to have my first anniversary of blogging, but so far it has been a great way to reflect on the happenings of transitioning from being a student nurse, to Registered Nurse and a new grad working in the Emergency Department. I originally found medical/nursing blogging because I was interested in learning the TRUE aspects of the job, and whether I would like nursing. Alhough I still haven’t decided 100%, so far I’m liking what I am doing, and I hope that continues. In the end, I love the health care field, and nursing allows me to be truly immersed in it.
Her latest post is entitled, Dreaming as a Nurse.
Oh my! I’m a Blog Mother! Mother Jones over at Nurse Ratched’s Place began her blogging career on June 26, 2006 and when asked why she started, she replied,
It was because of YOU! Remember? You encouraged me to write a blog because I told you that I had a twisted sense of humor. Thank you for being my blog buddy and for help me launch my new career.
Well, you’re welcome! Indeed your twisted sense of humor has made for some interesting, thought provoking and hilarious posts. Nurse Ratched’s Place is also the second home of CoS, having hosted seven times! Meet Mother Jones as she introduced herself in Mother Jones – RN. Her latest post is It’s Always the Nurse’s Fault.
I don’t think any look back at the nursing blogosphere is complete without including Mediblogopathy. Started in November of 2004 by Hypnokitten, she, too, was a reader of Geena’s. Later she was joined by Paeds, RN. Being named “Nurse Blog of the Month” in November of 2005 by Mediblogopathy was a thrill for me and I’ll always be grateful to Hypnokitten for the honor. Although there have been no postings for a year, this edition of CoS would not be complete without the first post of this blog, I Had to do It!
As for Emergiblog, my motivations for blogging can be found right here on the site. I started on August 1, 2005 and will begin my fourth year of blogging in a couple of weeks. I’ll include my second post, entitled Circadian Rhythm Caper. This was the post that caught the eye of Bora, who included a link the week he hosted Grand Rounds. The rest, as they say, is…well…still going strong!
To all the nurses who blog and who took the time to share their beginnings with us in this special edition of Change of Shift, thank you! To all the nurses (and doctors!) who hosted Change of Shift, my heartfelt gratitude.
There are many wonderful nurse bloggers who can be found below the posts in my links section. Check them out!
So here’s to many more years of writing and many more blogs by nurses. I’ll have the rest of the year up on the Change of Shift page – anyone who wants to host, please let me know!
The next Change of Shift will be here at Emergiblog. Use the contact button or Blog Carnival to submit. Those whose submissions I could not use this week due to the theme of the edition are welcome to submit for the next edition