October, 2009 Archive

October 15, 2009, 9:58 pm

One For the Medblogger History Books

125pxThe first medblogger track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo is now history.

And it went beautifully!

The panels were informative, the audience engaged and we even got Paul Levy in via telephone hook up through a device that looked like a giant Star Trek communicator!

A most interesting day!



The first surprise was seeing Ramona’s “Blogger Quilt”!

She made it for the conference to be given to one of the medblogger attendees via drawing.

It is beautiful! And even better, on each of the white diagonal lines is the signature of one of the medbloggers.

So, the drawing was held before the fourth panel and the quilt was won by…

Gary Schwitzer, of Health News Review.org!

He wore it as a cape for the first part of his panel! Super Blogger!


Ramona’s fingers must have been flying because she made me a mini-quilt of Rosie the Riveter!

She says it looks like me! I wish I was that buff!

(Right now I feel like Rosie the Wilted; that was some margarita at dinner!)

The quilt is gorgeous and will have a special place on the wall at home!

Well, there was much introducing and hugging and excitement as everyone gathered (most of us meeting for the first time), and then the day’s sessions began.



My two fellow nurse bloggers pictured here are Gina, of Code Blog fame and Terri from Nurse Ratched’s Place.

This was my first time meeting Gina – much fun, and Terri is always a hoot!

Jamie Davis, host of the Nursing Show Podcast was on hand doing on the spot interviews with the bloggers, and Terri had us all busting up with her interview and her panel contributions!



Doctor Anonymous (Mike) will be doing his BlogTalkRadio show directly from the BTR booth in the exhibit hall, tomorrow at approximately 2:00 pm.

I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say you might hear a rousing rendition of “Let It Be” and “Amie” as sung by a few of our blogging colleagues. At dinner. In harmony. Sort of.



Grunt Doc and Dr. Wes may look innocent, but ask them about “The Lunch Incident”.

The true story may never be told.

While I’m sitting in front of these guys giving my full attention to my distinguished colleagues on the panels, they are tweeting funny things to the Twitter stream that is running on the screen in front of the room!

I will say this: they are not the ones on Dr. Anonymous’ infamous “Let It Be” tape.

I shall say no more.


If there was an award given for who traveled the longest to get to BlogWorld, Bongi would win, hands down!

Neal and his (gorgeous) significant other (whose name is escaping me at the moment, I apologize) traveled all the way from South Africa. Together they comprise 2/7 of the entire blogging population of South Africa – seriously. Neal knows of five others.

It was absolutely stunning that he came to the conference, and we are thrilled to see him!



And lastly, here is a photo of Gene, Nick, Kevin and myself (you can see Mike in the background filming Alan). Nick and Kevin, along with Kerri, did a great job on our panel!

Tomorrow, in addition to Dr. A’s BlogTalkRadio show, I get to see my blog father, Hugh Hewitt, in the keynote and he will be broadcasting his show from BlogWorld tomorrow from 3 pm to 6 pm, PDT. If you want to listen, you can hear it streamed live over KRLA’s website.

I hope to get a picture with Hugh, if I don’t get too freaked out to ask! Wish me luck!


There are still two full days of blogging goodness ahead of us! More to come tomorrow, including photos of tonight’s dinner and sing-along! Now it’s time for bed! Been up since 0600 and it’s almost 0100!

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October 14, 2009, 11:56 pm

Change of Shift From BlogWorld!

OffwhitelogoGreetings from Las Vegas!

It’s the BlogWorld Expo edition of Change of Shift!

Well, at least it’s being compiled in the same city.

We have a new blogger again this edition, and an unintended ER theme seems to have arisen from the nursing blogosphere this week!

So, without further ado –

Let’s get started!


A big Change of Shift welcome to NURSE ME, an 11 year ER/ICU veteran who describes themselves as…” blunt and to the point, pragmatic and methodical. That is until I look into your eyes as I’m performing chest compressions and remember that you’re human.”. A blogger since September, today’s submission is called Just the facts?..

NPs Save Lives gives an online interview to a nursing student. Great questions, great answers! (Did you know NPs in Florida can’t write for a controlled substance?)  Interview From Me For A Nursing Student is posted at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place.

After 19 years in ER, stories like this still make me (a) laugh or (b) slam my palm into my forehead or (c) both! Today’s “Life in the ER” story comes from Ross as Nurse In Australia. Never forget the Piña Colada for the Patient, Please?.


Anne Simone from the LPN to RN Blog finds the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Uniforms in Nursing History. Some look pretty cumbersome, but I have to disagree with the cap – nothing beats a great nursing cap! Then again, I could never stand Sue Barton because she wore those muffin top monstrosities…

I’m detecting a theme in CoS this week! An ICU nurse decides to help Man-nurse with his clinical assignment in Emergency Room Edumacation posted at The Man-Nurse Diaries. Having done both ICU and ER, this is a hoot!

It happens to us all, usually in the first semester. That’s how it was for CeeCee who describes her experience in  I Changed an Adult Diaper with some very poignant thoughts. In: From Suit to Scrubs.


I’ve heard a lot of talk about violence against nurses in the ER, but it happens everywhere. Even in labor and delivery. Reality Rounds looks at the vulnerability of nurses (and recounts her own experiences) in Assault.

Think you’d be grossed out by stuff you’d see in the ER? Well, shrtstormtrooper as her limits and she describes them vividly in Things I Can’t Handle posted at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop!. For me? Sputum. Anything but sputum.

Over at NurseConnect, Laura wants to know Should Medical Media Reflect Reality? Lots of nurses on TV these days. What do you think of how they are portrayed? Kathy is ambivalent about the flu immunization and looks at the Vaccination Controversy. Are you getting immunized?

Paramedic Janis at The Jage Page has some thoughts and what constitutes a professional – and not just in EMS. Do you it the criteria in A Word About Professionalism?


And that’s it from Las Vegas!

Next week, our host will be Reality Rounds, and you can send your submissions through Blog Carnival or to ” rrcomadmin at gmail dot com”.

Thanks for reading!


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10:51 am

Viva Blog Vegas!

LasVegasSignWell, it’s here!

The Medblogger Track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09 is actually happening!

I’m sitting at the Palazzo and working on homework.


Then after that I have a track leader meeting at the Convention Center.

And then I have to come back and put my panel notes together.


Oh yeah – Change of Shift is due tomorrow.

Oh well, I could be downstairs spending money.

Nah, I’ll save that for the Nascar Cafe – nothing like watching a race on flat screen TVs surrounded by memorabilia and a ton of booze classy drinks. But that is Saturday evening, and before then it’s 72 hours of pure, unadulterated blog stuff!!!!

So Viva la Homework!

Viva la Nascar!

Viva Blog Vegas!!!!!!!!!!

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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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