September 30, 2010, 8:39 pm

Change of Shift: Volume 5, No. 7

Welcome to Change of Shift!

While this is a bit of a “mini” version of the nursing blog carnival, it is far from “lite”.

There are old friends and new blogging colleagues; musings, opinions and rants…it’s all here!

Let’s get it started!


Keith at Digital Doorway submits the most beautiful posts. It’s hard to find the words to describe them, but it’s easy to be swept away by the emotions they engender. This week: the thoughtful Ashes to Ashes, and the subtly crafted Of Oatmeal and Mass.

Teresa Heithaus, introduces her new blog Nursing Staff Development: Behind the Firewall. Think that social media is fully embraced by nursing staff educators? Think again. Social Media and Nursing Staff Development Instructors contains some incredible statistics. As someone who is immersed in social media, I was floored.


Gina at Code Blog takes look at some current nursing issues/opinions in Nurse vs. Policeman, and Other Topics. One topic she takes on is the Rapid Response Team concept. In my hospital, a family can call an RRT!  Is that true in other places?

What do biting toes and listening to Michelle Obama have in common? Well, for Katie at, it’s All in a Day’s Work! Weigh in with your most unusual nursing moment!


Over at Drawing on Experience, Will illustrates (literally) My Guide to Surviving Failing the HESI followed by….Finality.

The AJN Off the Charts blog gives great links to geriatric care resources in Why Didn’t Physicians Know What Nurses Know?


Dr. Dean has takes on finances in the The Millionaire Nurse Blog, but what on earth do blood, emesis, and Betadine have to do with money? Find out in Stains in Medicine: 9 Stains and Removal Tips! Get out the stain, keep money out of the drain! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist! : D)

Nurse Teeny looks at the next stage of her career in The Search Continues at The Makings of a Nurse.


Many thanks to those who submitted (and those who just discovered they did!). The next CoS will be here at Emergiblog on October 14th.

Submissions can be sent to me directly or submitted through Blog Carnival.

Thanks for reading!


  • gina

    October 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for including me 🙂 We have a way for staff to call an RRT and also a special number for patients or families to call themselves as well.

  • Teresa

    October 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Thank you Kim for including me in CoS! I truly appreciate it!

  • PTI

    October 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for pointing out that article by Gina on Code Blog. As I said there, it’s ridiculous the way employers are looking at our personal opinions and our personal life and it has got to stop.

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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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