October 28, 2010, 2:56 pm

Change of Shift: Vol. 5, Number 9

Welcome to Change of Shift!

After a Vegas-induced vacation, our nursing blog carnival is back!

There has been lots of activity in the blogosphere over the last four weeks, so let’s get right to the heart of it!


Editor’s Pick of the Week:

When is “nothing” the ultimate “something”? Suzanne Gordon has the answer in Nursing and the Perils of Success. And then check out her post on Teresa Brown’s New Book Critical Care for words in support of the bedside nurse.


When a parent is also a health care provider, it isn’t easy to separate the two roles. Laura at Adventures in Juggling knows both sides. Read her story in Boundaries.

Whoa – this post is so chock-full of topics, I plan to write three posts just based on it! Katie Morales at NursesNetwork.net gives us her Initial Observations on the Future of Nursing after viewing the IOM Brief on the Future of Nursing webcast. You have to read this!!!

Sometimes new nurses need some “tough love” to encourage their growth. But where is the line between that and “eating our young”? Wanderer takes this on in Culture of Coddling vs. Eating Young at Lost on the Floor.


Nurses view their patients holistically, so this post by Mona at The Tangled Neuron is perfect for nurses with patients (and families) dealing with Alzheimer’s. Mona looks at Nondrug Treatments for Alzheimer’s: A New Systematic Review.

Heather Kelly, of The Blog of the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI), introduces Guest Blogger: INQRI Grantee Susan Letvak. Ms. Letvak supports the Initiative on the Future of Nurse, but notes a very important omission.

And now for a little ER gallows humor! Take your Monster Mash home, Boris! Nurse Me is in da house with The Deathbed Crash!

The Millionaire Nurse Blog has a new contributor! Say hi to Julie, charge nurse of a 22 bed CCU/ICU in Florida with a huge interest in personal finance! Check out her post on Five Tips to Establish Credit. Welcome, Julie! : )


Toronto Emerg at Those Emergency Blues submits a chilling look at a Death in the Waiting Room, followed by an equally horrific description of a Code. I’m sitting here trying to get my breath back – I don’t think I took a breath reading either post.

Rita at Supporting Safer Healthcare knows that nurses are the backbone of hospice care, and shares some information about The Comfort of Hospice.

When you absolutely know something is wrong….a scary, inspiring story by one very courageous, persistent nurse. Check out Maha’s tale of Going Beyond Scope of Practice at Call Bells Make Me Nervous.

Over at Off the Charts, look at Finding a Job as a Nurse in a Digital Age – and Keeping It. Great links on the topic, including a link to Will at Drawing on Experience!


The Great Pumpkin has visited Hotel Rehab a bit early this year! Rehab RN notes his arrival in A Little Early Halloween Antics…

Sean Dent pens his own blog at My Strong Medicine, and he also blogs for Scrubs – The Leading Nurse Lifestyle Magazine. From his personal blog, a call to respect in Role Clarification and from Scrubs, Male Nurse Introductory Course 101.

Chris at The Man-Nurse Diaries delivers an Ode to Certified Nurse’s Aides, the unsung heroes of long-term care.


This was truly a fantastic edition – many thanks to all who contributed!

The next Change of Shift will be here on November 11th. Submissions can be sent via my contact button or Blog Carnival.

I’m looking forward to your submissions!


  • Sean

    October 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Strong work as always Kim!

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  • Dr Dean

    October 31, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for including the post by Julie, she is excited to be joining this great group of nurse bloggers!

  • @rdjfraser

    October 31, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Thank you for wrangling up all these great posts!


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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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