As is the custom on Emergiblog, since the “theme” is nursing, I’ll present the submissions themselves as the theme of the edition.
Also, the schedule for Change of Shift is now posted through 2009, so if you would like to host an edition, please shoot me an email (see Contact button above) and I’ll be happy to schedule you in!
Note: An important message follows this week’s submissions.
There are so many nurse blogs I am discovering for the first time. Although Shrtstormtrooper (gotta watch the spelling on that one!) has been blogging for over a year, I have just discovered this great blog from a blogger with “no verbal filter”. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a post written by our colleague after reading the book of the same name. The post will give you a lump in your throat, and is found at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop!
Keith at Digital Doorway is concer. A new television show. “The United States of Tara” follows a main character with Dissociative Identity Disorder (aka: Multiple Personality Disorder). Will it lead to understanding or be used solely for humor? Keith muses over how mental health has been treated in the media and he doesn’t sound too optimistic about this latest foray into the arena.
Marijked is a nurse of many talents, and this week she is wondering Do You Have a Living Will? The post can be found on her Senior Support blog, along with a link to a survey she would love to have you complete. It takes less than a few minutes – I took it today!
Long time Emergiblog supporter/sponsor (thanks, guys!), NurseConnect has submitted three posts for Change of Shift this week.
In Career Transitions and Other Nurse Topics, Nurse Laura takes on Ratios and Reform. Are ratios enough to keep nurses at the bedside? Are there other aspects of care that need to be addressed? A though provoking post; weigh in with how you feel about ratios.
Nurse Kathy, in Nursing Dynamics and Clinical Issues, discusses The New Generation of Nurse. I have only one thing to say: I LOVE THIS POST! Being at the age I am now, I am so into giving back to the profession and my daughter will be one of the new generation in 3 1/2 years. Thanks Kathy, you have great insight into what the future of nursing needs, people like YOU!
NurseConnect also invites guest bloggers to weigh in on nursing issues, and this time the Nursing Guest Blog is written by Karen Siroky, the Director of RN.com. Karen asks What Does Specialization Mean to Nursing? It is a great post and has given me an idea for a post of my own. So, what do you think?
Now for the important announcement.
Or, more like an important discussion.
These were the only nurse related posts I received.
Oh, there were about 2/3 more. All from Blog Carnival, and not a single one from a true blogger let alone nurse-related in any way. I try to be inclusive of everyone I can but enough is enough.
I was going to go out and find great nursing posts and include them in this edition (and I KNOW you are all out there!) but I wanted to get some feedback. What do you think should happen in a case where the majority of submissions have nothing to do with nursing?
- If nursing-related posts are few, should the host go “looking” for some great posts by or about nurses?
- If you run across a great post on another blog, would you be comfortable submitting it for the blogger?
- If you are a blogger yourself, would you be comfortable having your blog post included in Change of Shift? Would you prefer the post-er ask your permission?
I’ll be honest. I see “Change of Shift” as our (nurses) “baby”. Well, our “baby” has reached adolescence and is having an identity crisis.
IMO, we need to keep CoS as nurse-focused as possible.
That means we need as many nurses as possible to submit their posts, or have their posts submitted.
I need your ideas.
Do we need more aggressive marketing? Should we issue personal invites to submit? Should hosts be able to just “put in” posts that they think are great? Should we have a “Blog of the Week” selection, by the host?
Don’t MAKE me come OUT there…
Change of Shift will be as good as the nurses who contribute. Nurse bloggers rock, ergo “Change of Shift” should rock.
So, all comments welcome!
Hit me with your best shot!