July 8, 2010, 11:31 am

Change of Shift – Volume 5, Number 1

Welcome to the Change of Shift anniversary edition!

Today marks the beginning of Change of Shift’s fifth year.

Thanks to everyone who responded with suggestions for our carnival! I’ll be compiling those thoughts into a future post (let’s just say link lists are out…).

Many thanks to those who contributed! This week, I’ve added a few new-to-me nursing blogs I’ve discovered along with favorite CoS regulars.

The next edition will be hosted here at Emergiblog, so submissions can be sent through Blog Carnival or to the contact link at the top of the blog.

In the meantime, enjoy Volume 5, Number One of Change of Shift!


NPs Save Lives writes a wonderful description of her responsibilities as an NP in Nurse Practitioners As Primary Care Providers, posted at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place. In the face of a primary care shortage, it’s hard to fathom the continued resistance to this concept. Over at her second blog, NP Place. com, she gives a Nurse Practitioner’s Opinion Regarding Medicaid Reimbursement To Specialists.

Nurse Me pens a poignant post on palliative care from a personal and professional viewpoint in The Beginning of the End.

Laney at Nursing Student Chronicles is working at her PNA externship and she is excited! Share her enthusiasm at PNA – Week 1.


Chris at The Man-Nurse Diaries wonders Do We Need Doulas in Critical Care? As Chris notes, “I ruminate over the idea of third-party patient advocates in the ICU. Can you imagine having a privately-hired patient advocate in the room while you’re taking care of a patient?”

In California, we have the ability to place those who are suicidal on a 3-day hold (5150). Florida seems to have a “loophole”. At AJN’s Off the Charts blog, nurse Marci Phipps writes of Reflections on the Freedom to Harm Yourself.

Oh, the joys of dealing with other departments…Shrtstormtropper gives vent to frustration in Lab, found at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop.


For the past few weeks, Jamie Davis of The Nursing Show podcast and Terri from Nurse Ratched’s Place (and me!) have been discussing various nursing topics for a new podcast entitled Insights in Nursing. Click to hear the latest edition, Over Anxious, Over Testing, & Keep That NG Tube Away!

Oh, the joys of California Dreamin’ – Life and Times of a L&D Nurse Babyrndeb can call herself “Earthquake Nurse” after this week’s 5.4 in southern CA!

Sometimes we see things differently. Gina at Code Blog talks of her experience with this in Perspectives.


Nurse Teeny may be running ragged but she is doing just fine in One Step Forward over at The Makings of a Nurse.

If this were on a TV show, no one would believe it. Rachedy at You Can’t Fix Stupid describes Some Scary Shit. Everybody ready? All together now…”EWWWWW!”

The devil is in the details – as E.J. discovers in Beatdown, at Uncompromised Airways. Kudos to everyone in neonatal critical care; you guys deserve a medal.

Over at Nursing Birth, our colleague entertains Thoughts on Becoming a Midwife. Wish I had her as my nurse when I was delivering. Check out other posts while you are there, her desire to advocate for her patients will inspire you.

Over at Weird Nursing Tales, Tex encounters Things That Make You Go… And we wonder why our health system is ill.


And that concludes our anniversary edition!

If you are wondering if you should submit to CoS, the answer is yes! You don’t have to be Hemmingway, you just have to write about nursing. Frustrated at work? Have an idea about health care reform? Want to shout the praises of the profession? Want to brag about an award you received, a symptom you unearthed, a thank-you from a patient? Want to discuss nursing theory in all its glory (or is that only me that does that)? We want to read it!

So…what are you waiting for?


  • RehabRN

    July 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm


    Links look good! Look forward to reading what I can in between this critical analysis article I’m reading…summer school is so much fun!

    I plan on being there for one of the next rounds, once school is out again.

  • Jeff - Travel Nursing Blogs Guy
    Jeff - Travel Nursing Blogs Guy

    July 9, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Nice job and happy anniversary.

  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    July 9, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Kim, Thanks for being the genius behind the COS. I always really appreciate when you include me in the compilation. I hope the next 5 years are as productive and funny as ever.

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  • Max E Nurse
    Max E Nurse

    July 14, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Happy anniversary. As classic as ever. Keep it up Kim. Your enthusiasm puts me to shame!

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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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