May 31, 2011, 9:44 am

Change of Shift – May, 2011

Welcome to the latest edition of Change of Shift, the nursing blog carnival!

Submissions to CoS are now accepted on a continuous basis, simply click the “Contact” button at the top of the page whenever you have a post you would like to submit.

I’m dropping the BlogCarnival submission route due the gargantuan amount of spam submissions it engenders. There may be a time and a place for the “Top Ten Uses for Tea Bags in Healthcare Reform”, but this isn’t it!

Let’s get started!


Sue Hassmiller is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Advisor for Nursing. She is also a volunteer with the Red Cross. Abandonment Guilt, her final blog post from tornado-ravaged Alabama, can be found at AJN’s Off the Charts.

Best. Post. EVER! From BabyRNDeb at Life and Times of an L&D Nurse. What a difference One Year can make!

Over at oncRN, “the silence needs to be listened to and honored.”


Gina at Code Blog continues her interview series with Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse Amy Sellers (who happens to blog at Nursing Influence).

Just pulled my head out of the sand long enough to notice that Emily at has morphed into Emily at! For those who did not read her story, here is After Seven And A Half Years, Becomes This gal has been blogging since 2003. Yes. You read that correctly!

Nurse Teeny has segued from hospital to the the community and finds the nurse/patient connection just as strong. So strong, in fact, she wonders Can You Care Too Much? Where do you draw the line? Posted at The Makings of a Nurse.


Psychologist Romeo Vitelli has written a wonderful two-part history of the life of Florence Nightingale. There are details here I had not known before! The Bedridden Activist (Part 1) is posted at Providentia. Part 2 can be found at the link at the bottom of Part 1.

Running Wildly likens members of her code team to the pieces of a Jigsaw Puzzle in a poignant post at Running Wildly, and muses on varied chief complaints of the ER population in Save the World.

From back in January, Shrtstormtrooper (a) invents a cuss word and (b) eats a foreign object, but it’s The Cost of Night Shift, at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop. Been there, done that!


We all take BCLS/ACLS. We are required to do so. But IsntSheLovlei asks, Are You Ready to Save a Life? Really ready? Posted at The Dog Ate My Care Plan….

Over at The Nurse Practioner’s Place, some advice for the Frustrations of a Nurse Practitioner Student. Can’t agree with the commenter that all students cheat, though.

Okay, this is hilarious. In the “old days” there was the CCU and the ICU. The CCU nurses thought the ICU was all dirty and septic and (ewww) GI and the ICU thought the CCU was all high-brow, didn’t want to get their hands dirty and spent all their time hovering over monitor strips. Check out the Caffeine and Xanax post Scared of the SICU. Some things never change!


At Your Cervix writes I Know I’m at Work Too Much When… And I thought I had crazy dreams!

Wanderer can’t believe It’s Been 5 Years? of nursing at Lost on the Floor.

Mrs. Nurse notes that An Eventful Day is Usually Not a Good Day at Tales of a School Zoned Nurse.

Elle Bieling pens an thoughtful essay on pain and emotions in The Mystery of Phantom Pain posted at The Body Window.


So, my plan for Change of Shift is to put up an edition at least once a month, towards the end of the month. Submissions received during the month will all be posted in that edition.

I’ll also be perusing the nursing blogosphere and “collecting” posts to feature in the carnival throughout the month, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself not remembering that you submitted! : )

Thanks for reading, and keep blogging!


  • RehabRN

    May 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks Kim!

    I’ll have to work something up for you with this lull in the schedule for grad school.

    Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far…


  • Anil Minocha
    Anil Minocha

    June 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks Kim for your efforts and the laudable goal of putting in atleast one issue every month. I sure enjoy the fruit of your efforts.
    Anil Minocha MD
    Shreveport, LA

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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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