October 9, 2009, 11:55 am

Baby Got Back….to Blogging!

foodtrayAll I could think of when I saw this photo was Gordon Ramsay screaming that the Cream of Wheat was lumpy.

But she’s smiling, so this can’t be Hell’s Kitchen.

It’s more like pot-luck-in-the-break-room.

Cherry Ames got in trouble for “sampling bread and butter” in the ward kitchen, which was apparently against the rules back in the day.

Now you can come into my department and have a four-course meal laid out on the table, which is great for morale but bad for those of us babes with too much “back”.

And when it really does look like “Hell’s Kitchen” in the ER, nothing boosts your serotonin like a big, chocolate brownie, or nacho cheese Doritos!

Sometimes it feels like my shift is one big exercise of will power, and I usually poop out by by 0300.


It’s less than a week to BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09! But have no fear, Change of Shift will still be up by Thursday morning! Send in your submissions to me – CoS will be right here on Emergiblog.


IMG_0256Somewhere between work, school and full blown addiction to that god awful “Word Island” game on Facebook, I managed to make it to one day of the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco.


Rob at Johnson & Johnson let me use their free sponsor’s pass (Thanks, Rob!) and so I found myself walking through San Francisco on a gorgeous early morning!

concourseThe conference was being held at the Concourse Exhibition Center. It was an interesting venue – it used to be a train station!

The conference was geared toward businesses and providers, even though many of the programs are designed for patient/consumer use. There was a patient panel that first day, and a panel with patients who had demo’d a couple of apps, but I did not notice patients represented in the other panels.

I came away with two thoughts:

1. Technology is great, but nothing takes the place of a personal relationship with your health care provider. There is not a technology in the world that can replace in-person interactions and assessment.  While this was the opinion of speaker Ron Dixon, MD, it is a belief I share. Technology is an adjunct, not a substitute. (I actually stated that in a paper for a class – and lost points for not being “forward thinking”.)

2. There are a lot of apps and programs marketed “to” patients and “for” patients. Very few of these (if any) have been produced “with” patients.

Trish and Amy

Of course, the fun of conferences is hooking up with folks you know and folks you “know” from their blogs!

I finally got a chance to meet Amy Tenderich of Diabetes Mine and Trisha Torrey of Every Patient’s Advocate!

I had a blast talking to both blog buddies!meandval

And here is a pic of me and Dr. Val of Better Health!
Sort of a rehearsal for BWE next week!

So in summation, the Health 2.0 conference was interesting and a good look at some applications that are coming down the pike.

As a blogger, I didn’t really feel there was a lot I could relate to, but that’s not really a criticism because the conference is not geared to that audience.


  • NPs Save Lives

    October 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I’m glad that you had a great time at the conference. I also had trouble keeping “the back” down while working at the hospital due to all of the goodies that patient’s families would bring by for us to share. I am finding the same type of goodies at the office but much more in the vegetable variety due to working in a rural health office. Love it!

  • Barbara Ficarra

    October 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    (Sorry if this is a duplicate, but I’m not sure if you received it–thanks).

    Hi Kim,
    I attended the Health 2.0 conference this past April in Boston and it was a conference that was filled with an abundant amount of energy! Matthew Holt, co-founder of Health 2.0 is such a genuinely pleasant person. I had a great time interviewing him and others.
    While technology is advancing so quickly, I couldn’t agree with you more when you say, “Technology is great, but nothing takes the place of a personal relationship with your health care provider…” I’m also a nurse and one thing patients want is face-to-face communication. Patients want a relationship with their health care providers. Like any relationship, they need that face-to-face interaction.
    How great it is to have both – health care technology and human interaction!
    Thanks for your blogs, I enjoy reading them.
    Barbara Ficarra

  • janis

    October 14, 2009 at 5:48 am

    I feel your pain about having to grit your teeth and get through shifts without indulging in all the junk we are exposed to all the time. If it’s not the junk they try to feed us in the medic room, it’s birthday cakes or donuts or thank you baskets, etc. (I do like the baskets with fruit and fancy coffees, though – grateful patients take note!)

  • Nursing Degree Programs

    October 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    As a student of nursing education program, this is very useful post for me. I get good information about different things while working in nursing field. I have read about Health 2.0 conference which is nice experience for me, I want to know one thing that If I want to attend this conference from where I got the information about that


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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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