July 8, 2009, 9:16 pm

Change of Shift Begins Fourth Year: Volume Four, Number One

OffwhitelogoWelcome to the anniversary edition of Change of Shift!

The nursing blog carnival celebrates it’s third anniversary (and the beginning of its fourth year) here at Emergiblog (aka: “home base”).

CoS has been hosted by 33 different blogs, including 31 nurses and two physicians.

(The new year begins with a new logo! I finally found out how to make one that wasn’t a banner!)

The logo may be new; the format remains the same: blog posts by, for and about the nursing profession.

I am thrilled to be able to bring this anniversary edition of Change of Shift to you this week.

Let’s get started!

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Code Blog: Tales of a Nurse has been host to Change of Shift three times.  This week, Gina muses over the oft-heard comment, I Don’t Know How You Can Do This.  What jobs would be difficult for you to do?

Mother Jones at Nurse Ratched’s Place has been like a second mother to CoS, having hosted nine times! She recently attended a Rally for Health Care in Washington, DC.  Howard Dean isn’t the only one who can fire up a crowd, Ma Jones! You do a pretty good job it it yourself! : )

I’ve been following the adventures of Nurse Bo for years. She submitted a post from her blog Exit 95 on the Yellow Brick Road about her adventures as a student nurse in one of the last diploma programs in the country. I suggested all three installments be included, and Bo graciously agreed. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you had better pad your laptop so you don’t hurt your jaw when it drops. Check out Who Ya Gonna Call: Part One Part Two , and Part Three.

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Nursing most definitely meets the web at Crass Pollination, where Nurse K tells it like it is, and then some! One of my favorite themes involves a particular physician you will meet in Who Stuck the Intern With Dr. Big Work-Up?

Nurses are all over the TV lately, and Katie Bee, RN looks at the various portrayals in Nurses on TV Sitcoms at Young and Restless Nurse. My personal favorite TV nurse? Lavern on “Scrubs”. I have so worked with her!

Barbara Olson’s front door might not win over her Swedish relatives, but her posts definitely contribute to the discussions here at Change of Shift! In My Purple Door, Barbara compares and contrasts Swedish and American health care. Posted at Florence dot com.

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Questions. As nurses, we all get them. Sean muses on the expectation that nurses should be all-knowing in  You’re A Nurse Right? | My Strong Medicine .  How do you handle the “medical advice” question?

Nurse blogger (and future Change of Shift host) Man-Nurse discovers the resilience of the human spirit (and body!) in New Lease on Life, posted at his blog The Man-Nurse Diaries. A truly amazing story!

Marc is a medic in the UK, owner of the blog Medic999. He recently cared for a patient whose story affected him deeply, as well as the nurse who was present. True Asylum, while not directly about nursing, is included here. It is not an easy story to read, and it will affect you, too.

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Tracey at NightTimeNursing shares a great story of a patient who had a unique way of saying thanks, in Lifesaver.

Sometimes a nurse must just say “no” to a physician.  Doesn’t happen often often, but when it does, it needs to be done right.  Reality Rounds gives a wonderful overview on just how to do that in No, Doctor.

Over at NurseConnect, Laura wonders what keeps a nurse caring vs. what might cause burning out in Nurses Who Dare to Care. When someone asks you to recommend a doctor, what do you say? Kathy notes that what constitutes The “Good” Doctor may well reside in the eye of the beholder.

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Found in my travels around the blogosphere:

Head Nurse Jo leaves her unit for critical care and she’ll tell you exactly why in I’m Ready for My Exit Interview, Mr. DeMille, or Don’t Ask if You Don’t Wanna Know.

PixelRN rediscovers her passion in Surprise! I Love Being A Nurse Again and reveals some wonderful news at the same time!

Ian at ImpactED Nurse uses a music analogy to describe what nurses must never forget in The Illusion of Repeats.

The Adventures of Bob the Nurse continue as the diminutive action figure gets a vacation. Hey Bob, where was my invitation?

Looking to make sense of health care reform? Slate has published Health Care Reform: An Online Guide, listing the go-to sites for good commentary and information.  Hat tip to Off the Charts, the blog of the American Journal of Nursing, for posting the link!

There is no such thing as “a little pregnant”, you either are or you aren’t. But…what if your body says one thing and reality says another? At Your Cervix looks at pseudocyesis (“false pregnancy”) in She Certainly Looked Pregnant.

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Thanks for reading this anniversary edition of Change of Shift and for supporting the carnival through submissions and links for the last three years!  In two weeks, CoS will be hosted by Ross over at Nurse in Australia. Submissions can be sent to “admin at nurseinaustralia dot com”.

(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!)

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23 Comments

  • Healthcare Today
    Healthcare Today

    July 8, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Change of Shift Begins Fourth Year: Volume Four, Number One // Emergiblog…

    Anniversary edition of Change of Shift hosted at Emergiblog….


  • GruntDoc
    GruntDoc

    July 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Happy Birthday to Change of Shift!


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  • Medic999
    Medic999

    July 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Congratulations on the Anniversary Kim!!
    Great new picture too.

    Thanks for keeping Change of Shift going. My EMS carnival, “The Handover” is now heading for it’s 6th edition and is getting bigger each month. This came about soley after reading change of shift and seeing how you brought the nursing blogosphere together. If The Handover even achieves half of what CoS has done, I will be a happy man!!


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  • Julie
    Julie

    July 8, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Congratulations Kim, what a great celebration post and a great logo. Looking forward to reading through all of the contributions later!!

    Thanks for all that you have done and continue to do for nursing across the world!


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  • Doctor Anonymous
    Doctor Anonymous

    July 9, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Congrats on three years CoS!


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    Twitted by doctoranonymous

    July 9, 2009 at 2:29 am

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  • Sean
    Sean

    July 9, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Strong work as always! Thanks for including my post!


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  • RehabRN
    RehabRN

    July 9, 2009 at 3:40 am

    Great stuff Kim! Logo looks good!

    Hopefully, I’ll unearth myself from paper fast enough to submit next time! Still digging…


  • Frank Di Lello
    Frank Di Lello

    July 9, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Can’t believe it’s been four years. Happy birthday and keep up the great work!


  • Keith Carlson
    Keith Carlson

    July 9, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Kim,

    Thanks for posting about Bob the Nurse, and you are more than welcome to be added to the list of future hosts! He is heading from Hawaii to Arkansas shortly, then to DC, NYC and Michigan. Email me if you want to be next after MI!

    kc


  • Bo
    Bo

    July 9, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Great job, Kim!! Bunches of wonderful reading!!! And thank you so much for including me!


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  • Reality Rounds
    Reality Rounds

    July 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Great job and happy anniversary. Thanks for including my post.


  • Tracey
    Tracey

    July 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Kim,
    Happy Birthday to CoS!! Glad to be included though I don’t remember to submit too often! I’ll try and get around to it more.

    Great edition as always.
    Tracey


  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    July 11, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    A little late but ever heartfelt! Happy Anniversary to Change of Shift. I am such a loyal fan and hope that you continue with your successes as a blogger and a nurse. Hope you continue on the join me as a NP one day too!


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  • unsinkabemb
    unsinkabemb

    July 23, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Happy Anniversary! Keep up the great work…


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