September 6, 2011, 1:22 pm

Change of Shift – September, 2011

Welcome to the September, 2011 edition of Change of Shift!

This is quite the eclectic selection of posts from across the nursing blogosphere, composed of those submitted for inclusion and those I found in my travels through the neighborhood.

Remember, submissions are always accepted for Change of Shift, there is never a deadline to meet, so don’t hesitate to submit a post at any time.

Let’s begin!


Editor’s Choice: Keith Carlson of Digital Doorway lost his mother to a stroke in June. My Mother: Rest in Peace is his tribute to this amazing woman. There is nothing I can add except to tell you to have your tissue within reach.

‘Tis the time for a rhyme! Dr. Charles is Calling for Entries in the 2011 Charles Prize for Poetry Contest at The Examining Room of Dr. Charles. Now, my poetry skills leave much to be desired, but I know there are nurses out there who rock in the poetry department! Deadline is end of September.

Do I love a nursing cap, or what? Medscape Nurses, I am bowing in your general direction! The entire Medscape series on the nursing cap, both history articles and slideshows, can be found here: Celebrating Nurses: What Happened to the Cap?


Step back to early June in this powerful post by Marcy Phipps at AJN’s Off the Charts, and feel the heat in Stillness and Violence: The Dog Days.

Your nurse wants to help you, but they can only go so far. Nurse Practitioners Save Lives wants to know How Can Your Nurse Practitioner Help You Today? and when you ask why you should go STAT to the hospital, Ummm, Because You’re Yellow? at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place.

Keith at Digital Doorway also submits a Book Review: Critical Care by Theresa Brown (read the last quote – wow!).


Ah, the “Suggestion Box”, an invention for those whose don’t have the guts to come right out and say it. As noted by RehabRN in The Power of Suggestion.

On a more somber note, Running Wildly runs into her Worst Fearagain!

The Infusion Nurse Blog is now two years old! Go wish Cora a Happy Blogiversary, and check out Two-wah…., a post that gives links to her top five posts from the past year. I always learn something new from Infusion Nurse! Congratulations, Cora!!!


At The Dog Ate My Care Plan, Isn’tSheLovlei is taking on Coming to Work Sick: The CYA Culture. (Oh, don’t even get me started!) She links to two more posts on the same topic, one by Terri at Nurse Ratched’s Place and one by TorontoEmergencyRN at Those Emergency Blues. Be sure to check those out, too.

Speaking of Nurse Ratched’s Place, In Go Ask Mother: The Interview, Terri gives us a peek at an upcoming project and a dose of encouragement to her nursing colleagues, present and future.

Nurse Teeny asks the ultimate question over at The Makings of a Nurse in Pain in the...I am looking forward to the answers to this post!


Gina continues her series with Interview – School Nurse at Code Blog: Tales of a Nurse, and it just so happens that her interviewee, Erin, blogs at Tales of a School Zoned Nurse! Check out this post from January: Sweet Victory, At Last.

Adam Sanford submits an article on nursing camp (think “summer camp” for prospective nursing students, ranging from free to over $6000!) Check out What is Nursing Camp? at Nursing School Degrees.

And finally, I’m blogging over at Masters in! I blog twice a week on nursing topics related to education. I finally decided what role option I want for my MSN, and wrote about it here: Clinical Nurse Leader, Is This The Role For You?


And that’s it for this edition of Change of Shift! Remember, I’m always accepting submissions. Click the “Contact” button at the top of the page and send your submission link directly to me. When I receive a goodly number of submissions, I’ll post the next edition.

If you are looking for even more nursing blogs, check out the Best in Nurse Blogs over at the Millionaire Nurse Blog. Nerdy Nurse is filling in for Dr. Dean and has a great selection of posts for even more great reading!

Thanks for reading!


  • RehabRN

    September 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm


    Thanks again for inviting me to the latest party!

    There’s always an interesting read here. Keep it up!


  • drcharles

    September 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for the link and I do hope to read some more poetry from the nursing perspective!

    Some other great links here, too, glad to see change of shift still going after all these years 🙂

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