April 1, 2009, 5:14 pm

Change of Shift: Volume Three, No. 20


Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s already been two weeks since the last edition of Change of Shift!

We not only had an increase in submissions, but we have some brand new bloggers to meet this week!

Of course, the big news is the upcoming MedBlogger MeetUp in Las Vegas in October, under the auspices of BlogWorld/New Media Expo.  I’m excited, so expect to see a lot of enthusiasm emanating from this space!

Interested in hosting a future Change of Shift? Just check the schedule and let me know what date you would like!

Well, let’s get right to our colleagues’ submissions!


Okay, we’re going to start this edition off with a get-your-kleenex post by a new blogger and fellow nurse colleague, Midwest Woman.  There are diseases that take your life long before they end your life. In A Eulogy for Will, it becomes personal. The blog is called Not in Therapeutic Range and it’s a keeper!

The BSN-to-PhD debate continues with a contribution from Marachne at A Window for Your Home.  She is in the process of completing a straight BSN-to-PhD program and has just begun the research study for her doctorate.  “Experience” doesn’t have to mean decades of bedside nursing.  Read about  her perspective of this education pathway in Credibility.

Here in California, we are no stranger to brush fires, but the magnitude of the February fires in Australia is mind-boggling. To know that they were set intentionally makes is incomprehensible.  Nurse Ausmed presents A Community Devastated by Fire with updated information and news video video of the devastation posted at Nursing Handover.  A link to the Australian Red Cross is provided for those who wish to help in the recovery of the survivors.


The compassion of nurses recognizes no borders. All through the year, the members of  THE Mission: Tanzania Health and Education improve the health of patients halfway across the world through medical and school supplies that they personally deliver ! I see their passion for the citizens of Tanzania; they are my co-workers! Please check out their website and learn about their work. These women are changing lives, one trip at a time.

You don’t have to be a travel nurse to get burnout, so these suggestions on How to beat nursing burnout, part 1 posted by Jeff  at the Travel Nursing Blog can benefit all of us!  I’ll add one suggestion, though…start a blog! It works wonders on burn out!

President Obama Gives a Shout-Out to Nurses and Reality Rounds needs Depends! Seems as though POTUS is pro-nurse, which is a pretty good thing to hear! Check out the whole post (I love the way RR writes!) and give a thought to the question at the end.  What would you ask?


Keith at Digital Doorway ponders the multiple layers of public health and communicable disease prevention, where the smallest individual action can have a profound effect on the big picture in Surfing the Learning Curve.

Dreams isn’t just a song by Fleetwood Mac. RehabRN looks at the dreamers, the non-dreamers, the swear-I-was-awake dreamers and the nurses who dream about getting away from it all.  (Is it just me or is Ambien one scary med?)

Nurse Laura, also from Nurse Connect, takes a serious look at nursing care in the face of change.  It isn’t enough to dictate what must be changed, nurses need to be included in decision making and given feedback on how their individual care affects patient outcomes.  It’s a great post and it’s entitled Promoting Change Nurses Can Believe In.


Mother Jones is mad and she lays it on the line in a post that references her namesake: Lessons From Mother Jones.  Nurses have been historically treated like garbage and it’s time we stopped behaving like “good girls” (sorry, guys) and made some changes! Posted at Nurse Ratched’s Place.

Ha! I love this one! Nurse Kathy at Nurse Connect takes issue with being known as a nursing “pioneer”.  I’m with ya, girlfriend, I’m no “pioneer”, and we still got it goin’ on! Check it out at Am I Really a Nursing Pioneer?

Meet Barbara Olsen, another new blogger and Change of Shift participant!  Barbara writes Florence dot com.  In her latest post,  “Here’s Your Sign” is Not a High End Risk Reduction Strategy. Go Figure., she talks about the hierarchy of risk reduction stratgies and makes it interesting and entertaining at the same time! Welcome, Barbara!


The Clinical Advisor is a magazine for nurse practitioners and physican’s assistants and this week editor Joe Kopcha submits two articles for Change of Shift.  The first looks at where we stand with HIV in HIV Screening: Just Another Routine Test?  The second submission is a tragic (and frightening) story of Colorectal Cancer Misdiagnosed as Hemmorhoids.

Nurse William is back!  And he captures the wonderful (!) flow of the night shift in this classic post entitled The Witching Hour.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe and if you work night shift in an ER, you’ll feel the adrenaline!

If you don’t subscribe to allnurses.com, you should! Here is a great post for nursing instructors, but staff nurses who work with nursing students can get some good tips.  Vicky, RN writes Tips for Making Your Clinical Day Better.


Mark from Medicblog999 (and administrator of the EMS blogcarnival “The Handover”) sends in a beautiful story of a nurse/patient connection he recently witnessed in an A&E.  Sometimes, it’s all about The Little Touches.  Speaking of The Handover blog carnival, I will have the honor of hosting it here on April 24th, so if you have any stories by or about the emergency medical system (medics, doctors, nurses, patients…), feel free to submit them to me by April 20th.

OMG, this is fantastic!  Kathy Quan of The Nursing Site Blog has found a poster produced by one of the premier writers of nursing-related topics in our generation!  I want one.  Or ten! You can find the link at You are Much More Than “Just a Nurse”.  I have many books by the poster’s author and can’t wait to get my copies!

Over at the AJN blog, Off the Charts, Clinical Editor Christine Moffa wonders Can the Recession Be Good for the Country’s Health? and cites incidents of people actually becoming healthier as they choose more economical ways of living.  Maybe there are some great unexpected side effects! She mentions walking to work, but that’s out for me because it’s 22 miles one way and I have to cross the San Francisco Bay.  But I’m drinking just a few less lattes!


Many of our future colleagues are struggling to make ends meet while they finish their nursing education.  The Association of California Nurse Leaders has a program called Flo’s Cookie Jar that provides monetary assistance to these students.  Their motto is “helping student nurses through tough times”, and they can use our help to do so.  Out of the fifty applications for aid they received, they were able to help four students.  The need is great, so if you can, please hit that cookie jar with a donation.

Wow, Alvaro at Sharp Brains always has a thoughtful (no pun intended) contribution to Change of Shift, but he hits it out of the park with this week’s Brain Health News: Top Articles and Resources in March.  It’s  a mini-carnival of cognitive delights!

I thought I’d check in with Beka over at her Medscape blog, only to discover she is planning on law school!  I also found this great little post, Do You Become a Potato Chip Eating and Soda Drinking Junkie at Work?  Well, only if those delectable, salty,wonderful nasty things are in the break room! I have plenty of will power if they aren’t in sight.  How about you?


And that ends this edition! Wow – a lot of submissions, good topics and even some new bloggers – thanks to all who sent in their best this week!

The next Change of Shift is here, so you know the drill!  Send those submissions right to my email box and we’ll meet again on April 16th, just in time to recover from tax day!

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

    April 1, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Change of Shift: Volume Three, No. 20 // Emergiblog…

    The latest edition of the nursing blog carnival is up!…

  • Reality Rounds

    April 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Sadly, I may need Depends soon. Damn that “Nurse Bladder”. Thanks for hostin’ and postin’.

  • Jeff

    April 2, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Great job! Thanks for including us.

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  • Kathy Quan

    April 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for including me!!! So much to read and so many terrific submissions. Thanks Kim!

  • Nurse Ausmed

    April 3, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Great round-up! Thanks for including Nursing Handover 🙂

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