November, 2011 Archive

November 14, 2011, 8:41 pm

Blog World Sessions Online!

Get in on BlogWorldExpo!Couldn’t make it to BlogWorld Expo in LA this month?

Wish you could have been in the front row of each keynote, attended every session, had a chance to hear the superstars of the blogosphere?

Me, too! There were sessions I missed!

This is year is different – over 100 sessions of Blog World New Media Expo 2011 are available online through the new Blog World Virtual Ticket!

This means you can still “attend” the same conference that was held in LA for a fraction of the cost!

This includes all the Social Health sessions, including the HIPAA session I co-presented with Jamie and Terri and the fantastic Whiteboard session.

You can get all the information by clicking on the widget in this post or the link above, they will take you to the Blog World Virtual Ticket page.

(I’m a Blog World affiliate gal, so if you buy through the link/widget I receive a percentage.

Not enough to make me rich, but hey, anything will help get me back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NASCAR All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 in 2012.

Kasey Kahne tends to win when I’m there.

Just sayin’.)

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November 11, 2011, 8:53 pm

50 Nursing Secrets? 48/50 Ain’t Bad….

I’m using my favorite ad council promo, the one that made me realize that I was damn proud to be a nurse.

Because right now I don’t feel like posting something funny, or cute.

I need to see this ad again.

Having a bit of a burnout/compassion fatigue/why-the-hell-am-I-still-working-in-ER-at-my-age life crises.

Been there, done that a few times.

A case manager is in this ER nurse, why is it invisible on my resume?

Feel like chucking it all and moving to Portland and being a totally cool full-time grandmother who takes her grandson to all the NASCAR races…

Okay, he isn’t born yet, but you get the idea.


Reader’s Digest has published an article, “50 Secrets Nurses Won’t Tell You“. The link will take you to the article itself, and Sandy Summers has written a review of the article at The Truth About Nursing.

There are some interesting “secrets” here – and you’ll recognize a few of the names!

Gina from Code Blog is in there, and so is Jo from Head Nurse!


I’ll be the first person to tell you that I am not a perfect person, and not a perfect nurse, but two of these “secrets” really ticked me off.


The first one:

3. “Feel free to tell us about your personal life, but know that we’re here for 12 hours with nothing to talk about. So the stuff you tell us will probably get repeated.” A nurse in St. Petersburg, Florida


I have steam coming out my ears.

Maybe my colleague works in a thumb-twiddling clinic, but we have plenty to talk about in my emergency department. We talk with the patients, not about them, and we are too busy hauling our derrieres around to gossip. When we do, finally, have a chance to sit down, the last thing we think about are the personal lives of patients, unless it directly affects their care.

But thanks, now everyone who reads this “secret” thinks that nurses are lazy asses who have nothing to do but gossip on their 12-hour shift.

Good stuff.

Remind me to stay away from St. Petersburg…

4. “A lot of my patients are incontinent, and I’m supposed to just use a wet washcloth to clean them. But if it’s a patient who’s been really nice and appreciative, I’ll go all the way to intensive care to get some of the heated wet wipes, which are a lot more gentle. Somebody who’s constantly yelling at me? I just use the washcloth.” A nurse in St. Petersburg, Florida

So… excellent patient care is only given to those who “deserve” it. Everyone else gets “good enough.” Got that, general public?

They didn’t teach me that in nursing school, good thing this “secret” filled me in.

For anyone in the general population who is reading this – these are not nursing “secrets”. These are descriptions of the personal practices of one nurse. I read all 50 secrets and I’ll go with the other 48.

Rest assured, your personal life is not customarily dismantled at the nursing station and your care is not based on your disposition.

Nurses are too damn busy to gossip and too damn professional to base your care on how nice you are.

I guess 48/50 ain’t bad.

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November 6, 2011, 8:31 pm

Blog World and the Bug

Post-Blog World Expo  SyndromeIt’s early Sunday evening, downtown LA.

Blog World Expo 2011 is over. Nurse Ratched and Nerdy Nurse left in the early morning darkness for the long journey back to the east coast.

I’m still here!

I always stay an extra day so I’m not traveling during the NASCAR race.

I picked up good information at BWE. I also picked up a bug. I’m trying to figure out which wall I ran into at 2 pm this afternoon. I was fine, and then BAM! Unfortunately Zofran is not over-the-counter, and I don’t think I’d have any luck scoring it on the street.

This is what I get for not partying like it’s 1999. Maybe if I had consumed alcohol, my system would have been sanitized for my protection.


This year, the Social Health track was running during all three days of the Blog World conference.

A modeling session isn’t usually a part of the track, but this is LA, and Jenni’s site is called ChronicBabe, so there ya go! [Jenni and I with Kerri (Six Until Me) and Terri (Nurse Ratched’s Place)]


Mark my words, these Social Health Whiteboard sessions are going to become famous – last year’s session was energizing and dynamic; this year’s session was focused and driven. I was tweeting my fingers off – hopefully they make sense!

You can follow the entire Social Health track by reviewing the hashtag (#sochealth) on Twitter.


We did an episode of the Insights in Nursing podcast right from the Blog World show floor!

That was a blast, folks walking by, the energy of a live show! Nerdy Nurse Brittney Wilson joined host Podmedic Jamie Davis in her first appearance as a panelist.


It was a great weekend, catching up with old friends. For some of us, it had been two years since we had seen each other, but it felt like yesterday.

I’ll be heading home in the morning. It will be nice to be home, re-entry back into night shift, not so much.

But I’m leaving with a suitcase full of swag and a full tank of inspiration.

And a bit of a bug.

Oh well.

Hey, maybe I can get a blog post out of it…..

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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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