December 9, 2010, 11:50 am

Change of Shift: Volume 5, No. 12

Welcome to Change of Shift!

After a healthy (and hearty) tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving break, the nursing blog carnival is back! (And its host is on a diet…)

Before we get started, just a little note. CoS is still getting submissions of lists. Lots and lots of lists. Many of them are of the “Eighty Ways to Utilize Spores, Molds and Fungus in Patient Care” variety, but a lot of them are from legitimate nursing sites. I want to remind CoS readers and those who would submit that these submissions of lists are no longer included in the carnival.

Now, let’s get started!

Editors Pick of the Week and Dedicated to Raise Blood Pressure Post: A story of a frequent flyer who needs the flights, presented by NPs Save Lives at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place: He’s Gotta Ticket To Ride and The NP Says It’s Okay posted at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place.

Katie Morales presents an inspiring look at our nursing forebears in The Feminist Theory posted at And to my male colleagues, don’t let the title fool you, this post is meant for all of us.

Gina at CodeBlog has a new series of interviews with nurses in non-traditional positions. This week she interviews a Developmental Disability Nurse.


Julie has some great advice on Employee Benefits and You at the Millionaire Nurse Blog. Best thing I ever did was take advantage of the Flex Spending Account for Health Care!

One post, one word, one lump in my throat. Keith does it again at Digital Doorway with Cielo.

I’ve seen it twice and it haunts me in my dreams. Death by Tylenol. ODD RN ponders this topic in Tylenol Un/Solved; or How Not to Commit Suicide.


Best. Line. Ever: “…we’re decent human beings with specialized education and unique insight, garnered from our proximity to secretions and all the other things that bubble to the surface when humans lose their balance.” Add to that a bit of Starbucks, nurses and coffee fairies and Barbara Olsen produces an argument for increasing the visibility of patient safety in Patient Safety: A Cause Without A Ribbon at On Your Meds: Straight Talk About Medication Safety at Medscape Blogs.

Okay, this one is good for a little self-examination. Find out how you stack up in The Good Nurse …but Good Person? posted at the Muse, RN.

Head on over to Call Bells Make Me Nervous and throw some support to Maha, who says I’m A Terrible Blogger! No, you aren’t! We’ve all been there!


Jo has noticed an uptick in the age of her rehab patients….just how old are these folks? Check out Attack (But Not Really) of the Old Old at Head Nurse.

One nurse described in two sentences = a perfect description of what we do! Many thanks to Bor D. Erline for sending in MS in a Bottle, from High School Confidential. The old psych nurse in me loves it!

At AJN’s Off the Charts blog, Dawn Starin looks at the startling facts of malaria infestation in Fighting Malaria With Public Health Billboards and Mosquito Nets. Something as simple as nets can make such a dramatic difference…


Okay, and that’s it for this edition of Change of Shift.

Next edition, right here at Emergiblog.

Submit through Blog Carnival (button on side bar) or click the “Contact” button at the top of the page!

Many thanks for reading and for supporting CoS!


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  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    December 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for the editor’s pick Kim! I just couldn’t help myself when that episode happened.

  • Kristina

    December 16, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Best line indeed ??we?re decent human beings with specialized education and unique insight, garnered from our proximity to secretions and all the other things that bubble to the surface when humans lose their balance”!!!

  • Max E Nurse
    Max E Nurse

    December 17, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Darn, to late with my Christmas song re:writing.
    Still great edition as ever and have a fab Christmas Kim and all!

    Lots of love, the slightly elusive Max.

  • globalhospitals

    December 23, 2010 at 4:53 am

    (And its host is on a diet?) Very Funny 😀

    Thanks for sharing

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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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