December 24, 2009, 4:21 pm

It’s a Merry Christmas Change of Shift!

OffwhitelogoIt’s Christmas Eve and time for a new Change of Shift!

Between the hustle and bustle of the holiday rush (and the ending of fall semesters), the nurses of the blogosphere put fingers to keyboard and busted out a joyful Change of Shift!

Grab an Egg Nog (spiked, of course), and settle in for some nursing stories!


Nuthin’ Says “Happy Holidays!” Like a Code Green!, or so goes the ode written by Reality Rounds for your holiday reading pleasure. It’s a “Code Gray” in my hospital, which makes it sound like a Weather Channel prediction…

See Jane Nurse has seen it from both sides and she isn’t pleased with what she sees In the Holding Tank. “If we all wanted stable we would work in the doctor’s office!” I think I’ll tattoo that on my chest. In the meantime, here’s a hearty AMEN, SISTAH!

AIDS has been with us for nearly thirty years, and it’s easy to forget the fear and stigma so rampant in those first days. Except when you see it happen. Again. Medic/Nurse’s Blog begins a series on The Many Faces of AIDS, Part 1.


“Miracles happen there.” Laney at Nursing Student Chronicles busts a PICU myth. Find out how at Gives Me Hope.

I’ve always said that being a patient makes you a better nurse, if only that you can see the perspective from the other side of the gurney. Kim at Prosaic Paradise describes her experience as a patient in Revisiting My Hospital Stay. She starts her nursing education soon – welcome to the profession, Kim!

It’s raining men! Or at least a list of the 10 Most Famous Male Nurses in History, over at Nursetini. Long before Flo grabbed a lamp, nursing was led by the guys!


Some are perfectionists, some are just adequate, but Lisa at Experiences of an ICU Nurse makes it clear that Incompetence is a Four Letter Word. For some professions, a laissez faire attitude just doesn’t cut it.

What do you think about nursing unions? I’m rather ambivalent about mine. Jennifer at NursesPTO doesn’t know any unionized nurses and wonders  Are Nursing Unions Necessary? Stop by and weigh in!

Dr. Dean is married to a nurse, and he used to deliver babies. Now, he writes Blog (Millionaire nurse? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Sorry, Dean, couldn’t resist!) and offers a course in resuscitating your finances in Retirement Account Balances: Like Watching Paint Dry.


That’s it for this edition! The next Change of Shift will be right here at Emergiblog, so keep sending in your submissions!

Thanks for reading and have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a great New Year!!!!


  • NPs Save Lives

    December 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Merry Christmas Kim and hope you have a wonderful new year and smooth sailing with your classes.

  • Another nurse in the crowd . . .

    December 24, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    […] December 25, 2009 @ 3:44 am } · { Uncategorized } A holiday edition of Change of Shift is up over at Emergiblog with […]

  • Ali

    December 25, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for the Christmas Eve night shift reading. 🙂

  • Jane

    December 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks Kim!

  • Dr Dean

    December 25, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Great collection. Thanks for including me.
    Merry Christmas!

  • Reality Rounds

    December 25, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Happy Holidays Kim! Thanks for including me!

  • Kim

    December 28, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Thanks so much for the inclusion. Happy Holidays! Love your blog!

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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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