January 7, 2010, 11:27 pm

Change of Shift – Volume Four, No. 14

OffwhitelogoHappy New Year and welcome to the first Change of Shift of the new decade!

Are you still writing “09”? I’m not! For some reason I have converted to “01”. Lord knows how many of my charts have the wrong dates on them!

It’s a new decade and the new year finds the nursing blogosphere is still going strong. Let’s get started!


Melody Stenrose is an RN and a writer. She and I graduated from nursing school together, and I am excited to announce her new book! Chronicling her 30 years as a critical care nurse and educator, Inside the ICU: A Nursing Perspective is now available. I knew the book would be great. What I did not know was just how hard it was to get published. Think bloggers face objections? Check out this page at Melody’s site for the full story.

Caroline at Brain Scramble, RN writes An Open Letter to the ICU. I can’t add a single thing; what a wonderful post!

Now let’s switch to a night in PICU as Laney of Nursing Student Chronicles notes that there is No Rest for the Weary! I’m pooped just reading it!

It’s unit time at Change of Shift! Jo at Head Nurse has completed her CCU internship and is now Off the Leash. Congratulations!


This is freaking hilarious! Shrtstormtrooper at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop! manages to blend myocardial infarctions, practical jokes, tires and the Burger King getting hit in the, uh, groinal region in Crisis Averted. Warning: remove all liquids from your oral cavity before reading!

And a huge Change of Shift welcome to (relatively) new nurse blogger The Muse, RN! This is a post I wish I had written! Find out about Nursing’s Image & Ability to Influence Politics. And then give yourself ten minutes for your BP to return to normal.

The nursing blogosphere continues to expand as we give another first-time welcome to Voice of Reason, a nurse from Australia and author of the blog, Shades of Grey. This first submission is a beautiful poem on caring for a dying patient, entitled The Nurse’s Heart.


Nurse Practitioners Save Lives looks at the practice (or non-practice) of Using Nurse Practitioners to Reduce Emergency Room Waiting Times. Preachin’ to the choir here, honey! LOL! I think all EDs should utilize NPs!  Read for yourself at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place.

Dr. Dean, hubby to nurse and writer of the MillionaireNurse.com Blog has some observations about nurses who just can’t seem to stay on a budget in Blood From a Turnip: The Millionaire Nurse Way! All I can say is that I would die without RaceView during the NASCAR season…really

Mother Jones has been busy lately. Snowed in! Twelve hour shifts! Dogs and cats, living together…okay, not that last part. So I thought I’d dig into her archives and pull up a classic Nurse Ratched’s Place post. This is one of my favorites. See if you don’t agree after reading The Abandoned House.


Nosokomaniac is starting his nursing career as a CNA and gives a great description of Week One, the Awakening.  There is something about getting tied to a bed and a practice massage, but don’t take it from me. It’s over at Nosokomania.

Over at Code Blog, Geena has A Rambling and Some News and Some Other News! I don’t want to spill the beans here, but I will say a HUGE Happy Blogiversary as she enters her SEVENTH year as a blogger!  Seven! Holy cow! Gina was one of the first (if not THE first) nurse blogger I ever read! She blazed the trail upon which we hike! <– very poetic, yes? : )

I think we all better get over to see Max at It Shouldn’t Happen in Health Care, STAT! In Welcome to 2010, he’s making predictions and one of them is that he may stop blogging! I don’t think so, buddy! Don’t make me fly all the way to Australia and smack you!


Thanks for reading this edition of Change of Shift! If you would like to host an edition, drop me a line – I’ll be in contact with those who have expressed an interest already!  The next edition will be here at Emergiblog – submit using the contact button above or Blog Carnival. If you have issues with either one of those routes, you can always DM me through Twitter (@Emergiblog).

(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!)


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  • Max

    January 8, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Thanks for the entry Kim, glad you follow my blog closely and would miss me so much you’d fly to Australia to smack me…

    …incidentally, you’ll have a job finding me…

    I’m in the UK!!!!

    Cheers for the sentiment anyhooo!

  • Jeff

    January 8, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Nice job. I like the flat tire video in the New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop! link.

  • geena

    January 8, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for the mention Kim!! Great edition.

  • Mother Jones, RN

    January 8, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Another great job, Kim. Thanks for including my post.

  • melody

    January 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for mentioning my book. I’m looking forward to seeing you at my book signing on Feb 11th.

  • Another nurse in the crowd . . .

    January 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

    […] Change of Shift is up over at Emergiblog. […]

  • RehabRN

    January 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm


    Put me on your list…I’d be happy to host whenever.

  • NPs Save Lives

    January 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks for the inclusion again Kim! I hope to host again soon now that I’m getting caught up at work.

  • storytellerdoc

    January 9, 2010 at 5:40 am


    Nice potpouri again of some great posts. You do it well and I enjoy reading through your entries. Well done! I hope everyone has a nice weekend.


  • storytellerdoc

    January 9, 2010 at 5:42 am

    P.S. Oh yeah, Happy 2001 to you! LOL For some reason, I’m a century ahead…2100. What’s up with that? 🙂

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  • Sean

    January 9, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Strong Work as always my dear.
    I’m going to try realllly hard to submit and contribute more often.
    I promise.

  • Dr Dean

    January 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for including me-Go 24!

  • Laney

    January 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for mentioning me! I mentioned you in my post tonight (today?). Just wanted to stop by and say hey!

  • Maddy

    January 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Ooo to have the time, but I’ll certainly read a few if a quiet spot appears in my over-burdened schedule, but one with pneumonia, one with bronchitis and two with asthma means is more than unusually busy around here. So a very Happy New Year to you too.

  • mrs. sarah ott

    January 14, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    browsing around at other nursing blogthings. I’m enjoying this one. Happy New Year to you!

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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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