August, 2008 Archive

August 9, 2008, 1:04 pm

Medbloggers Needed for BlogWorld Expo

This is very exciting news!

We have an opportunity to meet as a med-blogging group at this year’s BlogWorld.

For those of us who have wanted a chance to have a med-blogger meet up, this is an opportunity to meet under the auspices of BlogWorld .

I spoke to Rick Calvert, the CEO and Co-Founder of Blog World and New Media Expo.

Here are our opportunities:

  • We can do a panel presentation. Would you be willing to sit on a panel?

Here were some of my ideas:

a. Navigating HIPAA laws

b. Healthcare through the eyes of a doctor, nurse and patient

c. Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics – discussion

d. Universal Health Care – a feasible proposition?

e. To Be or Not To Be – the case for blogging under your own name


  • We can meet in a breakout breakfast or lunch get-together.

This will set the groundwork for having a full track of med-blogger topics at next year’s BlogWorld.

I will be going to BlogWorld and am very excited about the opportunities it will give us as medbloggers to meet and discuss issues specific to our community.

Please let me know (a) if you will be able to attend, (b) are you willing to sit on a panel and (c) which topic you think is best.

I have to know by Thursday, as this opportunity has just opened up and time is of the essence. Please email me (Contact button above) or comment here on Emergiblog.

This is BIG, folks, and I’m ecstatic!

Join me!


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August 8, 2008, 4:37 pm

Emergiblog Turns Three!

Can you believe it?

Three years ago this month Emergiblog was born.

The odd thing about this is that I cannot remember what my life was like before I started blogging.


What did I do with my time?

At what point did this blog become an organic part of my life?

To the point where I can’t imagine life without blogging.


It was scary for a few weeks there.

I ran dry. Honestly could not think of a single thing to post, and when I tried to write it felt forced.

Scared the hell out of me.

Had I really said all that I had to say about nursing, blogging, going back to school, emergency departments, the health care system?

Hardly. Those who know me will tell you that I am never at a loss for words.

Yet, the blog that had become such a huge part of my life was in danger of becoming stagnant.

So I did what anyone else would do in my situation.


I cleaned house.

Not my physical house, my “Emergiblog” house.

I went through my links. Read every single blog. Organized them. Had so many they now have their own page. And when I stopped focusing on producing for awhile and focused on reading what was going on in other blogs, I relaxed.

Why? Because the blogosphere is a community. That community nourishes its members, but you must be involved in it. If all you do is post, day in and day out, and don’t stop to smell roses – in this case read what other bloggers are saying – you lose out on a huge source of inspiration.

That’s what was happening to me.


Blogging is not a passive exercise in navel-gazing. If all you do is write and never engage, then you are basically writing a diary.

I’m a blogger, not a diarist.

So on this, the beginning of Emergiblog’s fourth year, many thanks are due to my fellow medbloggers for continuting to share the stories that keep me inspired…

…to my sponsors/advertisers who continue to support Emergiblog,

…to my husband and family for supporting this endeavor from the beginning and allowing themselves to be the subject of many a health-related post,

And to Shane, for just about everything.

Let’s face it.

Bloggers rock!

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6:36 am

Healthcare Today: Promote Your Blog!

What do Emergiblog, Nurse Ratched’s Place and Kevin, MD all have in common?

We are all participants in Healthcare Today, the place for up-to-the-minute news on healthcare.

That news is as current as your latest blog post!


The concept is simple.

By submitting snippets of your posts to Healthcare Today, links to your blog posts are posted onĀ  Healthcare Today for others to read.

They see the snippet, click on the link and you have a new reader!


But don’t be surprised if other people submit your links for you! You see, the key to Healthcare Today is to find the latest news on health anywhere on the internet!

See an interesting article on another site? Maybe or the LA Times? You can then submit that post to Healthcare Today for all to see.

If you see a post with a Healthcare Today button at the bottom, simply click that button and you’ll be taken directly to the submission page, with the url already filled out for you. So, if I’m on your site, I can submit a post I find interesting. If it has already been submitted, I can vote for it! The more votes, the better!


By promoting your blog on Healthcare Today, you become a part of healthcare news that people will be reading and talking about. Promoting your blog is easy:

  • Add a Healthcare Today button to your site.
  • You will then see a button under every post, like the one you see right here on Emergiblog.
  • After you write a post, submit it to Healthcare Today with a brief snippet of what it’s about.

It’s that simple.


Ah, but don’t say I didn’t warn you! Once you are on the site you will find so many interesting topics, you may find yourself clicking away for some time.

I’m having a blast with it, I bet you will, too!


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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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