My name is Kim McAllister. I’m a registered nurse in the San Francisco Bay area, and I’ve been blogging about my life and times as an ER nurse at Emergiblog for six years. I’ve been a nurse for 33 years having graduated in 1978 with my ADN. The ER has been my home for 20 years, but my background also includes critical care, telemetry, psychiatry and pediatrics.
In May of 2010, I earned my BSN through the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay BSN/LINC program. I hope to start my MSN program and perhaps decide what I want to be when I grow up.
I made the decision to be a nurse on my ninth birthday, after receiving “Cherry Ames, Student Nurse” from my great-grandmother. I was fortunate that it was Cherry; I could have received something like “Itchy Smith, Flea Detective”. My life would have taken a totally different route!
In 2006 I started Change of Shift, a nursing blog carnival that ran biweekly for four years and now runs about once a month. I have hosted Grand Rounds on many occasions.
I am a member of the Better Health blogging network, where my work is occasionally featured.
Just for fun, I will participate in National Novel Writing Month, and I “won” in 2008 and 2010 by writing a 50,000 word novel.
Here are some frequently asked questions that will help you evaluate Emergiblog.
1. Who runs this site?
See above – this site is run by me. I am solely responsible for the content on the site.
2. Who pays for the site? Are there any financial ties?
The site is provided to me through Three:Twenty Interactive, run by Shane Pike.Shane maintains the “look” of the site, assists me with placing advertising, acts as my consultant for internet issues/blog questions and helps me learn how to do some of it myself!
I receive compensation for advertisements placed on the site. Text ads are not accepted.
Right now, there are ads from Scrubs Gallery and Informed Guides – these are widgets on the sidebar. I do not receive gifts from these companies, other than what I am paid for the space on the site.
I will occasionally receive free books or materials from companies; the choice of whether or not to provide a review of those materials is solely mine, and the content of any reviews published is solely mine, whether good or bad.
In plain English, no one tells me what to say. Ever.
Sometimes I give these items away to readers in a drawing of names of those who are interested.
Beginning in September, 2008, I began consulting with Johnson & Johnson to bring a Social Health track to BlogWorld New Media Expo. This track was held in 2009, 2010 and 2011. This track is sponsored by JNJ, and in 2009 and 2010 Medgadget covered travel expenses for speakers. From Johnson & Johnson, I have received a pass to BlogHer 08 and I received an honorarium for speaking at their global communications conference in 2008.The JNJ widget on the right sidebar is not advertising. It is placed by me because I like the videos. I am not compensated, monetarily or otherwise.
I participate, without compensation, in nurse blogger telephone conferences with the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. The Campaign has sponsored items for the Social Health Track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo. I am a judge in their Amazing Nurses contest, 2011.
In November, 2011, I became a Blog World affiliate, and receive a percentage of sales that come through links on Emergiblog
3. What is the purpose of the site?
The purpose of Emergiblog is to give me a forum to discuss my experiences as a nurse in the emergency department and other topics related to nursing. A Nascar post or the occasional NFL rant may slip in from time-to-time. Now, with the advent of Facebook and Twitter, this happens less often, but don’t be surprised if Kasey Kahne or Brady Quinn show up!
4. Where does the information come from?
Please see the Disclaimer page.
When applicable, links to information sources are given, but if you are expecting to find APA-style writing here, you will be sorely disappointed. You can tell when I’m in school, because it will pop out when I least expect it.
5. What is the basis of the information?
Please refer to question number four.
6. How is the information selected?
The postings are based on what I want to write about and what I feel will be interesting to read.
7. How current is the information?
The information is as current as what I’m reading on the web or discussing with colleagues.
8. How does the site choose links to other sites?
My links are based solely on sites I have read and found interesting.
9. What information about you does the site collect, and why?
The site collects no information about anyone other than what is recorded on the site meters.
That information is used just for my own personal interest in seeing where my readers come from and keeping track of how much traffic Emergiblog generates.
10. How does the site manage interactions with visitors?
Hopefully they comment and I comment back! Spammers are blocked by using special software.
All opinions are welcome, however : Posts containing profanity or harassment are removed immediately.