October, 2008 Archive

October 23, 2008, 5:02 pm

Hangin’ With Johnson and Johnson

I’m back!

It was a whirlwind trip to beautiful Orlando, Florida to speak at Johnson and Johnson’s Global Communications Conference.

I had an absolute blast!

I’m standing here with my co-panelist Lisa Emrich, author of Brass and Ivory, her blog about life with multiple sclerosis. She also runs the Carnival of MS Bloggers and writes for Health Central on MS issues. That’s in addition to being a professional musician and music instructor (and I thought I was busy!)!


The speech went well, but I did forget one minor thing:

When you are giving a Powerpoint presentation, advance the slides! I got so into what I was saying, I forgot to press the clicker!

It is very surreal to see your name on a twenty-foot screen, I should have gotten a picture of it.

I was very nervous before and was shaky after, but during the actual talk, I was fine. I just started talking and before I knew it my ten minutes were up (then again, talking has never been a problem for me!). I had notes, but wound up barely using them.

And they had teleprompters! Holy cow – beautiful, huge computer screens! I didn’t need them for my talk, but it was a very cool set-up.


The communications folks at JNJ are very enthusiastic about being a part of the healthcare conversation on the web. Not just having a corporate web site, but actually participating in the blogoshere and other social media.

I would describe them as the “Apple” of JNJ. Enthusiastic about what they do, eager to engage the future of social media via the blogosphere and dedicated to the JNJ family.

I really feel dumb, though. Long ago I signed up for newsletters from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation regarding their funding for nursing education and research.

I had no idea that Robert Wood Johnson was THE Johnson of JNJ!

In fact, Johnson and Johnson has done active work in nurse recruitment through their “Discover Nursing” campaign.

They definitely have much to contribute to the healthcare conversation.

Oh! And if you are a history buff, you have got to check out Kilmer House. It’s full of stories about the history of the Johnson family and the company, including a post about disaster relief the company sent after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


The night I arrived, we had dinner at Universal Studio’s City Walk. Beautiful!

So there I am, in the city of Disney World, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Adventure – Disney, Disney, Disney.

Guess where I went?

The NASCAR Grille!

Just wait until my husband comes home and sees the two matted Kasey Kahne photos on the wall!

Hey, a girl’s gotta have a souvenir (or two) now and then!


Oh, I’ve never had to do this before, but I think I’m supposed to add a disclaimer:

DISCLAIMER: Johnson and Johnson paid for my travel plus room and board to the Conference. I have no financial interest in the company itself.

How was that?


Don’t forget Grand Rounds is here next week. Submission accepted until Monday 10:00am PDT. Send to kmcallister911 at mac dot com. I already have about ten! Whoo hoo! Keep ’em coming!

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October 22, 2008, 1:57 am

Grand Rounds Back at Emergiblog

Sweet mother in heaven!

This is me in an airport at 0430 and the Starbucks is not open.

Someone must pay.

Actually, it is me who will pay as soon as they open.

I’d say “good morning” but I haven’t been to bed.

I think I’m running on pure, unadulterated adrenaline.


But, the good news is that Grand Rounds will be hosted here, at Emergiblog next week!

No theme, just send your best postings and I’ll put them in around an extra-special, one-of-a-kind theme I’m dreaming up as we speak.

Because I’m always late in getting a Grand Rounds post in, I shall have a deadline of Monday morning at 10:00 am.

So no excuse, you can write your post on Sunday!

Send to me at kmcallister911 at mac dot com.

This is gonna be fun!

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October 20, 2008, 1:52 pm

Lord, I Was Born a Travelin’ Nurse

funny pictures

Finally, the world agrees with me!

Listening to the Bee Gees is good for health! Not yours, necessarily, but the person whose chest you are compressing!

Yes, just thinking about the song “Stayin’ Alive” helps you perform CPR appropriately.

Heck, Barry Gibb’s had my my heart since 1974.

I had this poster on my wall in college.

Told my husband he was the only man I’d ever leave him for.

Been married almost 30 years, guess Barry ain’t showin’ up!


Don’t let the post title fool you – I haven’t become a traveler.

I am, however, traveling to Orlando, Florida for a night to be part of a panel at Johnson and Johnson’s Global Communications Conference.

I leave the house at 0400 tomorrow.

God bless the instructor who gave me an extra week on my community assessment paper; I couldn’t even get a post in to Grand Rounds by the deadline.

Speaking of which, I get Grand Rounds next week!!!!!!

Have a great idea for how to present it.

And no, it isn’t a Bee Gees theme.


I’m working on a powerpoint for my presentation.

My first. First powerpoint. First time speaking in front of a group.

Must…..look…..professional </shatner imitation>

I hate folks who put together a powerpoint and then read from the slides.

The slides look good.

I just sound like a mush mouth.

Funny, I’m never at a loss for words until I’m supposed to talk!

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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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