March 18, 2009, 10:44 pm

Change of Shift: Volume 3, Number 19


Welcome to the Emergiblog version of Change of Shift!

It’s been a while since I have hosted, and it’s fun to check out the posts as they arrive! Oh who am I kidding, I wait until almost the last minute!

Check out the calendar, if you are interested in hosting our esteemed carnival there are openings available.

Send me a postcard, drop me a line…all together now….and let me know what date you would like to host!

And stay tuned for some MAJOR news about the medblogger meet-up!  I’m literally on the edge of the diving board and DYING to spill da beans!

Now, without further ado, I present Change of Shift, Volume 3, Number 19.


Oh, man. When the message is devastating, the recipient isn’t the only one affected. OncRN presents news posted at oncRN.

The American Journal of Nursing has a blog! It’s called Off the Charts and this week Editor-in-Chief Diana J. Mason asks, State Boards of Nursing: Can They Protect the Public From Unsafe Nurses? Find out what she discovered in her interview with Dr. Marianne Alexander, RN, Chief Officer of Nursing Regulation for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Audio link provided!  Oh, and while you are there, check out the poll Nursing and the Economy!

We’ve heard of internet identity theft, but did you know that medical identity theft is also a danger? Our colleague at Reality Rounds (a renaissance nurse if there ever was one!) takes on this topic in Realities of Medical Identity Theft, including a link to an article on the same topic in the Chicago Tribune.


Online Nursing Degrees has a consistently relevant nursing blog.  This post is no exception.  It is also very timely.  Find out why nursing is Unbreakable. And then take every bit of the credit you deserve for making it so.

Mark from Medicblog999 shares his vision of improved psychiatric services from a U.K. perspective. Much of what he proposes would be a great improvement in the U.S., also.  Check out Psych ER.

Watch out Baltimore! The ER nurses are heading your way for their 2009 Annual Meeting! For those of us who have never been, and for those of us who want to go back, the Maryland Emergency Nurses Association has a fantastic blog with all the inside info on getting there, staying there (and partying there!).  Check out ENA 2009 Annual Meeting in Baltimore!


Whoa. Can there be too much trust between a provider and their patient? NPs Save Lives looks at the question from a personal perspective in Trust Is A Huge Responsibilty posted at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place. And check out her new site at! Nice digs!

.38 Special once sang, “A heart needs a second chance”. Shrtstormtrooper agrees and gives a poignant example in Second Chances posted at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop!.

Have something you feel like telling your manager, but aren’t quite sure you should do it?  Well, the folks at Advance have a blog where you can tell a nurse manager what you think! Mary Bylone, RN, is a nurse leader and she not only can take what you dish out, she wants to hear it!  Mary asks What Will It Take To Strike Up A Conversation? at Things You Wish You Could Tell Your Nurse Manager. (Disclosure: I’m on the regional editorial advisory board for Advance.  My job? I give my opinion on stuff! I’m highly qualified to do that!)


Strong One jumps in this week with some advice for our new colleagues in Your First ‘Code’ as a New Nurse | My Strong Medicine. Okay, Strong One where were you when I needed you?  Oh. Probably not born yet. Never mind. You can find him at My Strong Medicine.

Too old to learn anything new? Sorry, that won’t fly! Find out the latest on keeping your brain flexible as Alvaro presents Michael Merzenich: Brain Plasticity offers Hope for Everyone posted at SharpBrains.

The nurses over at the NurseConnect blog have some great posts this week.  Nurse Kathy gives a get-your-kleenex-lump-in-throat post as she describes her Unforgettable Patients.  Ah, nursing care plans. Haven’t seen one for a bazillion years (god bless the ER).  But…why do we have them and are they actually useful? Nurse Kathy asks Are We Charting Separate Courses?


Dean from Rebuild Your Back always has interesting tidbits on back health and this week he takes on an interesting question in Sciatica and Food: Is There A Secret Cure? Now that’s a new one for me!

Ahem.  Somebody is turning fifty! Find out who at Nurse Ratched’s Place! (Now if they would only make that outfit in my size….)

And now I present the “Oh, why not, Carolyn is nice and the site looks good” post.  Since nurses happen to be in possesion of a heart, you may fnd these of interest!  Anybody out on the road during rush hour traffic?  Watch your ticker! Carolyn at presents Can Rush Hour Traffic Increase Your Risk for a Heart Attack? posted at Healthy Hearts with Heartstrong.  She also presents Heart Healthy National Nutrition Month Tips to help us keep those tickers ticking!


That’s it for this edition.  Looks like I’ll be your hostess-with-the-mostest for next edition too, so email me with all your posts!  That means you! Do it now, so you don’t forget!  : )

Speaking of don’t forget, Change of Shift now has subscription options; you can follow by email or RSS feed. An aggregated feed of credible, rotating health and medicine blog carnivals is also available.  Many thanks to Walter Jesson at Highlight Health for setting those feeds up!


  • Strong One

    March 19, 2009 at 2:38 am

    As always.. strong work Kim. Thanks for the mention. I’m looking forward to some good reading!

  • Healthcare Today

    March 19, 2009 at 2:40 am

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  • Christina1973

    March 19, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Wonderful collection of posts, Kim – something for everyone. I’ve posted on my blog to remind our colleagues to come on over and check it out. Thanks for your hard work. 🙂

  • NPs Save Lives

    March 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Hmmm. You seemed to get a huge turnout for this edition. I got a few solicitations from some sites wanting nurses to buy something but not much else. Kind of discourages those of us who want to host. Maybe it was a bad week.. Hopefully, next time I host, more submissions? Nice job Kim, as always!

  • Reality Rounds

    March 20, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Great articles! I hope I will have the opportunity to contribute to future editions of Change of Shift.

  • […] at it, why not celebrate other nurses by reading their stories across the blogosphere?   Change of Shift – a monthly roundup of nurse blog posts – has published its March issue at Emergiblog as of […]

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