July 8, 2008, 11:16 am

There’s No Shrinkage in Grand Rounds!

One of the best Grand Rounds themes ever…TBTAM over at The Blog That Ate Manhattan goes Seinfeld!

About the only topic not covered this week is “shrinkage”!

Not only are the topics looking fantastic, but the presentation will have you giggling and reaching for your Seinfeld DVDs.

To quote Jerry himself, this edition of GR will not leave you feeling “short-changed”!


Don’t forget that the next Change of Shift is a special one, as the Nursing blog carnival will begin its third year!

I’m asking all nurse bloggers to send me their very first post with a bit of a backstory on why they started blogging.

Great submissions are coming in and I’ll be taking them all the way up to 9 pm PDT on Wednesday night. Send them to me via the contact button up top or through Blog Carnival.

What could be easier, no writing required! Let’s look at how far we’ve come over the last three years.


I’ve been doing some work on my links in the section below. Blogs that have not had posts since January or February, blogs that are invitation only or whose writers have “closed shop” have been taken off the listing.

If I have taken off a link in error please let me know!

I did notice my paramedic section is woefully underlinked, so if you know of any good paramedic blogs, I’ll be happy to link them. I’ll also be checking the blog links on the medic blogs, too.


I’m in the process of going through my Patient blog section, and while checking with with Ron at 2 Sides 2 Ron, I was shocked to learn that a diagnosis of HIV positive will prevent you from entering the country.

Did you know that?

The USA is one of twelve nations that have the same policy. Here are the others: Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Sudan, Qatar, Brunei, Oman, Moldova, Russia, Armenia, and South Korea.

Let me quote Ron:

HIV is the only medical condition that permanently precludes admission. Not even leprosy and tuberculosis are grounds for exclusion. Only a record of terrorism, tax evasion, money laundering or child smuggling has the same effect.

Hellooooo? This is the 21st century and not 1981.

It’s in the process of being reversed, but we need to make our feelings known to our legislators to facilitate the change.

Check out Ron’s post here: Help Reverse the US Government’s Discriminatory HIV Travel Ban.

I don’t “get political” very often, but this is just wrong.



    July 8, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I had wanted to find a way to include shrinkage, thanks for doing so.

    Sorry I wasn’t able to get your post in. By 3:30 am, I just couldn’t do anymore…

  • Jen

    July 9, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Oh and re: the HIV+ ban to the US — you have that bigot that just died recently, whatshisname, to thank for that. I can’t believe I can’t remember his name, I’m glad of that actually…

  • Jen

    July 9, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Oops my first post didn’t go… it was just blather anyways.

  • Jen

    July 9, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Jesse Helms. I wish I could’ve forgotten. I think he was behind the no funding for needle exchanges too.

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