January 21, 2010, 1:23 pm

Change of Shift – Volume 4, No. 15

OffwhitelogoIt’s time again for Change of Shift, the bi-weekly nursing blog carnival!

It’s an eclectic selection this week: hospital to office, students and veterans, money and…well, poo-poo, disasters and preparedness.

Quick note: I have a “mailing list” that I use to mail out CoS notifications. If you are not on the list and want to be, drop me a line. If you are on the list and do not want to be, *sniff*, drop me a line!


Hmmm..it seems that NPs Save Lives has been hearing a few excuses lately! Learn How Not To Choke Your Non-Compliant Patients over at www.npplace.com.

The situation in Haiti is critical. Nurses are lining up, ready and willing to serve. But, as  the Muse, RN notes, there are  10,000 US Nurses Sign-Up for Haiti! Can’t Go. Find out why. Frustrating.

On a similar note, Shawn Kennedy writes a post giving Praise for Haiti Nurse Volunteers – and a Word of Caution. Important info, to be found at the American Journal of Nursing’s blog Off the Charts.


Laney at Nursing Student Chronicles has a new look and a great post on The Good and the Bad of nursing school. (They do uniform inspections?)

Thought your New Year’s Eve was exciting? Nurse Me can top that, easily! Check out Rave On, and see for yourself why I don’t work in a trauma center!

Dr. Dean at the MillionaireNurse.com Blog is right. I, for one, am totally clueless on my retirement info. Find out what you need to know in 401k 101: The Basics of Retirement Investing for Millionaire Nurses. Time to go look up my funds!


On her Medscape Blog, On Your Meds: Straight Talk on Medication Safety, Barbara Olsen gives a beautiful take on what patient safety actually means and how it has evolved. Check out Welcome Changes.

I have absolutely no doubt this story is true – chalk it up to two decades in an ER. Submitted by a co-worker of NYCRN, author of Pee and Sympathy: True Stories from an RN, I give you One Flew Over the Poo-Poo’s Nest. Seriously.

At Career Transitions and Other Nursing Topics, Laura at Nurse Connect discusses disaster preparedness on a personal level.  Living directly on the Hayward Fault gives me reason to agree that A Prudent Nurse is Always Prepared.


Keith from Digital Doorway takes time out from exploring the country (and dealing with aggressive Armadillos!) to submit The Demise of the Public Health Nurse. Sadly, I witnessed this first-hand during my community practicum last semester. Keith may be contemplating his “occupational navel”, but he describes it beautifully in Of Nursing and Soulful Employment.

Feeling a little restless at work? Not as happy as you used to be? Nurse Connect blogger Kathy discusses the possible reasons behind these feelings in Job Satisfaction, Have You Found Your Niche?

From the “Egg On My Face” department – in the last CoS, I told Max. E. Nurse from It Shouldn’t Happen in Health Care that if he stopped blogging I’d go down to Australia and punch him. He thanked me profusely….because he lives in the U.K! Seems Max has a new job and needs us to send him some blog love on The Flip Side…


TC at donorcyle is posting again! Still hard at work, this time from an office, she answers that all important question Mama, What Do You DO All Day? Responsible for 250 patients? I need a nap just reading the post!

At NurseZone, E’Louise’s RN Talk blog discusses Web-Based Medical Records: Dream or Nightmare? Weigh in with your opinion!

Student nurse Cassie, in her NurseZone blog Campus Corner, talks about opportunities for Volunteering for Student Nurses. She names a few, can you think of any more?


And that, my friends, concludes this edition of Change of Shift! Thank you for reading, thank you for linking and thanks to all those who submitted this week!

UPDATE: The next CoS will be over at RehabRN, so send submissions to “hotelrehab at nyms dot net”.

BTW, I’m hosting Grand Rounds on Tuesday, so post away and send ’em my way!

(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!)


  • Laney

    January 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for including me 🙂
    I’ve got a lot of reading this week, which is awesome. Great CoS!!

  • Dr Dean

    January 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for including me. I will be changing hosts for my blog over the next week or so, so if you have any problems with my site, please be patient.

    I am not going anywhere.

    Have a great weekend everyone.

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  • Max E Nurse

    January 22, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Well no egg on your face this week. great CoS and thanks for including me again!

    I’ll keep you posted as it were!

  • Jeff

    January 22, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Nice job as always. I love getting to see all kinds of nursing blogs in one spot. Thanks.

  • nycrn

    January 23, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Thank you for the shout out.
    For anyone reading my blog, the pee and poo stories are infrequent.
    I try to maintain some degree of integrity in my storytelling.
    However, pee and poo is a daily reality of the nursing profession that cannot be denied.

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