April 16, 2009, 5:22 am

Change of Shift: Vol. 3, Number 21


Welcome to Change of Shift, the blog carnival by nurses, for nurses and about nurses!

This week the theme is….wait for it….nursing!

Are you planning on attending the Medblogger Conference/Meet Up at BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09 in Las Vegas in October? There is a special page here on Emergiblog where I will update new information as it comes in. Registration should be up at the BlogWorld site soon, and Southwest has just started booking flights for October. Feel free to email me with any questions!


Ever stop to realize how much of our profession centers on communication? Dr. Val talked to five nurses about real-life lapses in communication affecting their practice. Read what they had to say at Nurses Dish on Communication Lapses That Harm Patients over at Better Health.

Disappearing John returns to Change of Shift with a great story of integrity, the details of which may surprise you. Check out Something Unusual Today…

Lanette Anderson became an RN at twenty, just like me! She came from a family of nurses, but it still didn’t prepare her fully for what to expect after graduation. In Becoming a Nurse – Five Things I Wish I Had Known, she shares the perspective that comes with experience. Posted at NurseTogether.com.


Barbara at Florence dot com revisits a post-from-the-past (and provides a great introduction to her blog!) in Welcome to Florence dot com. After you have read the post, go watch this video on You Tube. Take a Kleenex. This one’s for Fred.

Still holding the kleenex? Good. Medic/Nurse has submitted a post that every single ER nurse will relate to: He Said Uh-oh. You’ll need the Kleenex. Medic/Nurse has finished his/her paramedic course and is now, officially, a paramedic AND a nurse! Congratulations!

Okay, you can put down your Kleenex…well, maybe you will still need it as you will laugh so hard you will cry when you read Male Postpartum Depression over at Reality Rounds. You’ll be astounded, you’ll be outraged, and if you ever suffered from postpartum depression you will be angry, but you will laugh.


Mother Jones at Nurse Ratched’s Place is back in uniforms and has a great post on just what is available and what is appropriate for a nurse who might be just a wee too experienced for SpongeBob Squarepants in Uniform of the Day. Sistah, we are old, bold and too hot to hold! I was going to use that same ad on a future Emergiblog post, ya know. I’ve been usurped! It’s not that I’m jealous that you got a blue cape. Or anything.

Ahem, back to our carnival:

We are privileged to witness some profound, personal moments in nursing. Here’s a tale of one of those moments. From Spook, RN at Drug Pusher, read Old Lady With the Low Heart Rate. Heartwarming!

We live for those moments when we realize the result of our hard work. Jane had one of those moments! I Love My Job is posted over at See Jane Nurse.


Most of us only know our patients from their illnesses and their stay in the hospital. Kathy Patton at NurseConnect wonders As Nurses, Do We Really “Know” Our Patients? There’s a great idea to use in the ICU to help keep us focused on the person-in-the-patient.

In Artificial Nails and Ponytails, NurseConnect blogger Laura Webb looks back at her nursing school attire (and this was 2005!) and wonders about current rules and regulations regarding uniforms, hair and fingernails. What restrictions are you working under, and why?

I have to get out and around the blogs more often! I found this gem at Pixel RN, who was following the White House Health Care Summit in March. She gives a great take on who said what at .…A Nurse’s Perspective.


That’s it for this week, many thanks to those who submitted (and those who didn’t realize they submitted until they read this post!).

Next edition, Gina at Code Blog will be hosting, so you can send your submissions to “codeblogrn at gmail dot com”.  Thanks Gina!

And, remember, 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!


  • Healthcare Today
    Healthcare Today

    April 16, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Change of Shift: Vol. 3, Number 21 // Emergiblog…

    The latest edition of the nursing blog carnival….

  • […] Check out the Change of Shift article here at the Emergiblog […]

  • Barbara Olson
    Barbara Olson

    April 16, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for including the story about Fred Knittle, Kim. I’m honored to be in such great company…. the tender stories continued long after you said the Kleenex could go away! Here’s a link to the post I put up announcing “Change of Shift”: http://florencedotcom.blogspot.com/2009/04/human-factors.html

  • Change of Shift « Reality Rounds
    Change of Shift « Reality Rounds

    April 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    […] Postpartum DepressionEileen on Heavy CargoNurse Gloria on Male Postpartum DepressionChange of Shift: Vol. 3, Number 21 // Emergiblog on Male Postpartum Depressionrealityrounds on Male […]

  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    April 17, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Sorry I missed this edition! I was busy traveling to Great Lakes, Illinois to see my son graduate from Navy Basic. Will definitely submit for Code Blog though.. Off I go to get writing!

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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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