October 17, 2010, 10:27 am

Pictures from an Exposition: BlogWorld/New Media Expo 2010

BlogWorld BadgeGreetings from Las Vegas!

I’m tired and inspired after a weekend of BlogWorld/New Media Expo!

The Social Health track was successful and fun! Lots of networking, tons of information on blogging and social media…I left wanting to be a podcaster and a vlogger, in addition to regular blogging! All I need is 24 more hours in a day!

Speaking of podcasting, it was great to see Insights in Nursing host Jamie Davis and my fellow Insights panelist Cora Vizcarra (Infusion Nurse Blog). With us are content and communication strategist Carissa O’Brien and Chris Montera (EMS Radio).

Our keynote speaker was ePatient Dave.

Four years ago, Dave received a diagnosis of Stage IV renal cancer and survived with the help of an online support community and a physician willing to listen and work with him.

This was the first time I had heard Dave speak and if you haven’t heard his story, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

If you have a chance to hear him speak, even better!

Trisha Torrey (Every Patient’s Advocate) moderated a panel discussing sickness and health on the web.

Lisa Emrich (Brass and Ivory), Jenni Prokopy (ChronicBabe) and Amy Tenderich (Diabetes Mine) discussed many topics, including the importance of transparency.

Caught some of the group on camera: behind Amy and Jenni are: Marc Monseau  (JNJ BTW), Kerri Morrone-Sparling (Six Until Me), Bob Stern (MedPage Today), and Brian Vartabedian (33 Charts).

Those booths in the back were areas to get chair massages, courtesy of JNJ’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future (bless you), who also provided snacks all day (bless you) and multiple charging stations (BLESS YOU!) It made for a very comfortable “day at the track”.

(Update: Cora emailed me a photo! Thanks, Cora!) Unfortunately, I have no photos of the panel I moderated, with Kevin Pho (KevinMD), Kerri and Bryan. Our topic was the effect of social media/networking sites on the medical blogosphere. Wonderful insights and spot-on observations of the state of blogging in the Twitter/Facebook world.  I’m embarrassed to say I “moderated”, all I did was throw out a question and then listen to the panel!

The next morning, the Campaign hosted a breakfast for the nurses present at the conference. (I stole this photo from Cora’s blog!). Jamie is at the head of the table, with his wife Amy to his left. Lorry Schoenly (Correctional Nurse.net), Cora, myself, Christine McMenemy (A Mommy Story) and Rebecca Stazi from the JNJ Campaign for Nursing are also pictured.

Good food, good conversation – just drinkin’ coffee and talking shop!

I can kick myself for not getting a shot of the best session of the day, a White Board session with Marc Monseau and David Armano. (Wait, I’ll steal a pic from David’s Posterous – I just tweeted for permission!)

A passionate audience of patients, providers, caregivers and corporate, all brainstorming ways of improving communication in, and the provision of, healthcare. What a stimulating way to end the social health track! I was jazzed!

I also met my blog father again this year! Hugh Hewitt broadcasts from the exhibit floor every year. He actually asked me to come on the air at the end of the show – I was a “guest”! : D

How cool is that!

Well, it was a fantastic weekend! Again, it doesn’t happen without great sponsors, so I have to thank Johnson & Johnson and MedPage Today, along with Alliance Health and Wego for making it possible for us to meet again this year.

Next year?

I’ll be there!

How ’bout you?

September 30, 2010, 8:39 pm

Change of Shift: Volume 5, No. 7

Welcome to Change of Shift!

While this is a bit of a “mini” version of the nursing blog carnival, it is far from “lite”.

There are old friends and new blogging colleagues; musings, opinions and rants…it’s all here!

Let’s get it started!


Keith at Digital Doorway submits the most beautiful posts. It’s hard to find the words to describe them, but it’s easy to be swept away by the emotions they engender. This week: the thoughtful Ashes to Ashes, and the subtly crafted Of Oatmeal and Mass.

Teresa Heithaus, introduces her new blog Nursing Staff Development: Behind the Firewall. Think that social media is fully embraced by nursing staff educators? Think again. Social Media and Nursing Staff Development Instructors contains some incredible statistics. As someone who is immersed in social media, I was floored.


Gina at Code Blog takes look at some current nursing issues/opinions in Nurse vs. Policeman, and Other Topics. One topic she takes on is the Rapid Response Team concept. In my hospital, a family can call an RRT!  Is that true in other places?

What do biting toes and listening to Michelle Obama have in common? Well, for Katie at NursesNetwork.com, it’s All in a Day’s Work! Weigh in with your most unusual nursing moment!


Over at Drawing on Experience, Will illustrates (literally) My Guide to Surviving Failing the HESI followed by….Finality.

The AJN Off the Charts blog gives great links to geriatric care resources in Why Didn’t Physicians Know What Nurses Know?


Dr. Dean has takes on finances in the The Millionaire Nurse Blog, but what on earth do blood, emesis, and Betadine have to do with money? Find out in Stains in Medicine: 9 Stains and Removal Tips! Get out the stain, keep money out of the drain! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist! : D)

Nurse Teeny looks at the next stage of her career in The Search Continues at The Makings of a Nurse.


Many thanks to those who submitted (and those who just discovered they did!). The next CoS will be here at Emergiblog on October 14th.

Submissions can be sent to me directly or submitted through Blog Carnival.

Thanks for reading!

September 16, 2010, 8:29 pm

Change of Shift: Vol. 5, Number 6

I can’t believe two weeks has passed already, but the calendar says that, indeed, it is time for the latest edition of Change of Shift!

Quite the eclectic collection of stories this week!

Before you begin, I just want to remind everyone that I still have discount codes available for BlogWorld/New Media Expo 2010. We’ll be getting together in Vegas next month! Check the button on the top bar for details.  I’d love to meet as many nurse bloggers as possible!

And now, I am proud to present…

Change of Shift.


A patient, a visit, a breezy late summer day in New Mexico. From Keith at Digital Doorway. Treat yourself to Cookies.

Informed consent before seeing an NP or PA? Seriously? Stephen at A Nurse Practitioner’s View finds The ER Study has some glaring inaccuracies.

In providing intravenous access, “location, location, location” can mean much more than simply patient comfort. With this in mind, Infusion Nurse Blog wants to know, Should Doctors Follow Nursing Standards of Practice?


Remember “About a Nurse”? Our old blogging colleague, May, is back and I am thrilled! Check out The Cry, from her latest blog, The Uncreative Writer. Don’t believe the title. She’s great!

Give a warm Change of Shift welome to “J. Doe, RN”, author of Those Emergency Blues! Ever been told you are overpaid? That nurses aren’t worth their salary? How do you handle it? J. gives a great response in The Value of Nurses.

Katie at NursesNetwork.com pens Seeing Beyond the Veil. an interesting take on burqas, uniforms and being seen for what we are, not how we look

Dr. Dean at The Millionaire Nurse Blog wants our input for a nurse needing some financial advice in A Reader’s Question: Help This Nurse, Please! What would you add?


RehabRN is getting more than her share of work frustration. She feels just like The Fugitive.

From AJN’s Off the Charts, a touching essay by Fidelindo A. Lim, RN, on empathy and role playing in I Simulate, Therefore I Am Nursed.

The Makings of a Nurse has reached 50,000 hits! Nurse Teeny looks back on the road leading to her current career as a successful ICU nurse and blogger. Join me in sending congratulations on making it thorough The Journey!

Sean at My Strong Medicine doesn’t know he submitted this post, but if it doesn’t get your juices flowing over being a nurse, nothing will! The question is How Bad Do You Want To Be A Nurse (Succeed)?  Carpe diem, Sean!


Thanks for reading! The next edition of Change of Shift will be right here, at Emergiblog, on September 30th.  Get those submissions in because those two weeks will fly by before you know 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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