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!

7:11 am

Should We Panic Over Plastic?

I spent a funny, enjoyable, informative hour in a chat room last night.

And get this…

the topic was plastics!

No, I don’t need to get a life (very funny!) I was live tweeting The Real Truth About Plastics: What You Should and Shouldn’t Worry About, part of the Health Chats series put on by MedHelp.

The speaker was Joe Schwarcz, PhD, the Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society.

And I’m ready to take a year of organic chemistry from him starting yesterday. He’s that good!


Of course, the first thing you want to do in a conversation like this is “follow the money”. Well, there is no money to follow here. The Office for Science and Society (OSS) accepts no funding from anyone; their “allegiance is to the scientific method”. Whether a substance was banned or not, made no difference, only that the decision was based not on emotion or hearsay, but “on proper scientific methodology”.


So, should we be panicking over plastics in our environment?

In a word, no.

Per Dr. Schwarcz, single serving and two liter drink bottles are made of PET and and there is no BPA at all involved. They can be reused and even frozen without worrying about anything leeching out.

The bottles that can leech BPA are made of polycarbonate #7 and include the jugs on top of water coolers. The question concerns the trace amounts of BPA that leech out – do they matter? Dr. Schwarcz believes no, and points out that we are exposed to thousands of chemicals in out daily lives…

…including the thousand in coffee aroma alone!

There is no way I can re-create the enlightening, enjoyable chat here and do it justice.

  • Ever wonder why your water bottles taste like plastic after sitting in a hot car?
  • Can you safely microwave a plastic container?
  • What about Ziploc bags?
  • Are pig balls safe?

Yeah, it’s goes there……

I told you it was fun!

Dr. Schwarcz answers all of these questions and the chat log is available in it’s entirety at MedHelp.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

December 4, 2010, 9:59 am

Plastics Safety Live Chat: Dec 8th

Having fully recovered from my tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving coma, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be participating in a live text chat about plastics safety on December 8th!

This is open to the public; all are invited to submit questions!

You can register for the chat at the MedHelp site here.

I’m looking forward to the chat, hope you can join me!

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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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