Welcome 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)