September 30, 2009, 8:47 pm

Change of Shift: Vol. 4, Number 7

OffwhitelogoWelcome to the latest version of Change of Shift, the nursing blog carnival!

Lots of topics this week: H1N1 is on a lot of minds these days, there are a couple of posts for new grads and it looks like one particular blogger is going to have to re-evaluate her opinion on a certain Showtime show (cough!).

So, let’s get started!


New blogger, first post! Meet RNtoBe as she encounters the “policy vs. practice” in Back to the Grind and is shocked to discover that they teach residents that babies are “sterile”. It’s a hoot!

Beka at In Our Own Words: Medscape Nurses wants to know if you are Ready for the H1N1 (Swine) Flu? Will you be getting the vaccination? Is your hospital prepared? And if want to know what the CDC is tracking, here is their H1N1 Situation Update.

Do you think the H1N1 vaccine should be a condition of employment? Some nurses are protesting this possibility. Cara Matthews reports that Protesters Rally Against Swine Flu Vaccine posted at Politics on the Hudson.


Mother Jones at Nurse Ratched’s Place is all about vintage uniforms, but right now she has partnered with Scrubs Gallery in a “Uniform of the Future” contest! First prize is a $100 gift card from Scrubs Gallery! Details at You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

When I read that author (and blogger!) Suzanne Gordon, a major nursing advocate, believes that “Nurse Jackie” is a realistic portrayal of the profession I realized – after I picked up my jaw – that I should, you know, actually watch it and not condemn it from bits of previews. Suzanne makes her case at Nurse Jackie Ends Tonight. (and if you haven’t read “From Silence to Voice” or “Nursing Against the Odds”, go to and get them. Should be required reading in every nursing school.)

Barbara at Florence dot com discusses an important contribution to patient safety from an unlikely source in Trolling for Patient Safety in Social Media.


Sean at My Strong Medicine has a great message he’d like to pass along, you know, From One Nurse to Another. Ever felt like saying this to anyone?Anything you’d like to add?

Wendy Jones from NursesPTO looks at nurses’ reading habits in Are You an Apathetic Nurse?. Jennifer can only take sooo much and she tells us My Pet Peeves About Patients. Rachael is not a nurse, but she hires them and in Finding A Nursing Job she gives some hints to new grads on how to stand out from the crowd.

Susan White at RN Central sends in a list of 100 Incredible, Cutting-Edge Lectures for Medical Professionals. It is, truly, an incredible list and I spent some time viewing a couple of the lectures. You have to see the one with the animated cell; it’s breathtaking.


The campaign for a National Nurse is going strong, and now Diana Mason over at AJN’s blog Off the Charts wonders Why Doesn’t the U.S. Have an Office of the National Nurse? Why, indeed!

RehabRN certainly knows how to Vacate for a Vacation! When two days off just isn’t enough…..

It’s easy to criticize, but how many of us take the time to acknowledge a job well done? Mark at Medic 999 did exactly that following a call for an elderly patient (he even gave the staff a copy of the post!) in It’s a Shame It’s So Rare.


Have you heard about The Waiting Room? A film maker follows the life and times of patients and staff at Highland Hospital, in Oakland, California. Watching over the throng is Nurse CJ. She makes an appearance in many of the videos. If I’m ever in an ER, I want this nurse watching over me.

Patrick at the Travel Nursing Blog talks about how to get your focus back when nursing gets to be too much in You Take the Good, You Take the Bad and There You Have… Be sure to read check out the links at the end of the post! (And Patrick, I now have the theme from “Facts of Life” in my head. There will be payback…)

I’m taking a class on health aging so this post really hit home. Alvaro at SharpBrains notes “…not enough attention seems focused on ensuring healthcare systems’ preparedness to deal with cognitive health issues…” He asks: Alzheimer’s Disease: is our Healthcare System Ready?

NurseConnect blogger Laura wonders at the comforting effect of a soft object in Embracing the Heart Pillow. I distinctly remember the nurses putting much effort into these for their pre-op heart patients. Blogger Kathy also addresses new grads, who may be discouraged as they look for their first job, she says New Grads Take Heart!


And that my friends, ends this edition of Change of Shift! And….it’s right back here again in two weeks so keep those submissions coming in! Wow – this time in two weeks I’ll be sitting in Las Vegas at the BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09!  It’s not too late to join us, you know! Email me if you want details on how to register!

So… the next CoS will be coming at you straight from the heart of Vegas.  Hey, maybe you can write about a “gamble” you took in your career that really paid off! It’s good I’ll be working on CoS, it will keep me from hitting the slots!

Many thanks to those who submitted and, as always, thanks for reading!


  • Ken O

    October 1, 2009 at 1:44 am

    I’m against compulsory medication on a point of principle, but I can see why it would be wise for most if not all medical staff to be vaccinated if H1N1 is a genuine nasty, or even just highly infection. That said, if you want to make it a condition of employment, then the employer should pay for the vaccination, and pay redundancy to staff who refuse it.

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  • Sean

    October 1, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Kim! Thanks for including my submission even though I was extremely late! A great job as always, I got lots of reading to do!

  • atyourcervix

    October 1, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Great job Kim! I bookmarked some new (to me) nurse bloggers to follow.

  • Patrick

    October 1, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Kim – Thanks for mentioning my post about how to regain your focus in nursing. We at Medical Solutions really appreciate what you do for nurses everywhere, your site is such a great resource for your peers! Oh, and sorry about the “Facts of Life”… I just couldn’t help myself.

  • Ken O

    October 1, 2009 at 6:15 am

    Make my 01:44 read “…highly infectious. That said…”

  • Barbara Olson

    October 1, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Great collection, Kim! Thanks for including me! Here’s a link from Flo:
    I have follow-up questions about the post I shared and hope to get some feedback…. maybe those going to the Blog Expo can toss around the privacy issues I’ve raised? 🙂

  • Trusted.MD Network

    October 1, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    A Few Links of Interest…

    It’s been very crazy clinically this week, and I’m soon to head off to Philly for the CABANA trial investigator meeting, but I wanted to share a few key links before I left:

    First, Change of Shift, the best posts of the week from our nurses is up ov…

  • NPs Save Lives

    October 2, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Great edition Kim! I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to submit this edition.

  • Fran

    October 10, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Are you all actually studying and researching this vaccine? It is untested and the adjuvants (which include squalene, which was in the Anthrax vaccine that has caused all of the autoimmune diseases that the Gulf War veterans have)are extremely dangerous. I will walk before I am made to take this – no job is worth intentionally putting a slow poison in my body. Do a Google search – see what you find out.

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