March 6, 2009, 9:38 pm

Soarin’ With ENA and Havin’ A Blast!

img_0203Yes, that is a plane onstage!

Is that cool, or what?

This was the opening of the ENA Leadership Confererence this morning at the Grand Sierra here in Reno.

That’s Bill Briggs at the podium.  He’s the President of ENA.  Trust me, he does not look like an alien in person.  It’s the glare of the lights.  Tony, PR dude extraordinaire, is going to get me a better photo.

I get to interview Bill tomorrow.

This was such a great opening to the conference!  I’m sitting there, minding my own business and trying to answer mail via my iPhone.

One. Letter. At. A. Time….

When all of a sudden, blasting out of a sound system I’d kill to have, comes Steve Miller singing “Jet Airliner”.

Well, good morning!  You play Steve Miller, you get my attention!

As the theme for the conference is “Soar!”, the plane is quite apropo!img_0201

Why am I showing food, you ask?

This was my breakfast.


At least until Susan from Shreveport came and joined me!

There goes my diet. Forgive me Richard (Simmons) for I have eaten a scone and counted it as a fruit. My penance? Losing $40 at Caveman Keno. I’m a high-roller….of nickels.

The entire theatre was set for tables of six and this was on every table.

Knowing this is waiting will make it a lot easier for me to get up at 6 am tomorrow, I’ll tell you that!



But I can’t announce it yet.

Forget the poll on the sidebar, it’s old news.

Let’s just say the city I can’t announce has a Nascar Cafe and hosts a race every year.

I am chomping at the bit, ripping at the seams, bursting like a bubble…

And I’m out of metaphors.


Quick note: Change of Shift is up over at the Nurse Practitioner’s Place so head on over and say hi to Jen.

She hosted during what turned out to be a very difficult period. You rock, my friend!

The next edition’s host is…let me check…oh, it’s ME!  LOL!

Get those submissions flying into my mailbox!

Don’t MAKE come out there!  : D



Now back to ENA…

I spent the day indulging my new interest in nursing research and spent a fair amount of time checking out the poster presentations.

This is Gina Harrison, RN, BS, an ER nurse from Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Virginia.  Gina was one of the authors of a research study comparing blood specimens drawn by EMS vs. ER staff.

A beautifully presented research study and many congrats out to Gina and her co-researchers because their article has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Emergency Nursing!

I can say I knew it when it was a poster!

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me about research, Gina!


One of the highlights of these conferences it networking with other nurses, and I had a great talk with Steve Stapleton,  a member of the ENA Institute on Emergency Nursing Research.  Steve is thisclose to having his PhD (University of Chicago, Illinois)  and I was able to learn so much from talking to him about his experiences.

So basically, I spent today getting oriented, buying a ton of books, donating to a worthy cause (no, not the slot machines) in the ENA Foundation and feeding my appetite for research.

Tomorrow?  Interviews, sessions, and the Exhibit hall awaits!

Right now.  I’m exhausted from travel and studying.

Yes, I’m the only person I know who comes to Reno, Nevada with textbooks.

Go ahead and say it!  I know you wanna….

It’s true….I am…..a nerd.

But a cool one.


  • Medic999

    March 7, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Hi Kim,

    Just out of interest, can you give a brief run down of Ginas study? What had she set out to explore and what were her conclusions?

  • Dawn Grisier

    March 7, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Hi Kim,

    I’m also interested in Gina’s study of blood draws by EMS vs ER staff. The service I work for as a paramedic does blood draws in the field, especially on cardiac patients.

    Do you know whether the study is posted anywhere on the web?



  • Steve Stapleton

    March 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm


    It was nice talking with you also. Good luck as you finish your BSN and begin doctoral studies. If there is anything I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Steve Stapleton

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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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