July 22, 2010, 9:25 pm

Change of Shift: Vol. 5 Number 2

Welcome to the latest edition of Change of Shift!

The nursing blogosphere came through in a big way this week, many thanks to those who have submitted.

I’m excited to showcase these colleague contributions!

So, without further ado,

I present…..Change of Shift!


Let’s start off with the “Editor’s Choice” of this edition! Shrtstormtrooper understands that nurses are Always Learning, posted at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop!. Bravo!

Can we address the supply of professional nurses without addressing the state of nursing education? Chris at The Man-Nurse Diaries takes on this provocative topic in The Nursing Shortage.

Should the willingness to advocate depend on what one’s opinion of the patient?  Nurse Teeny finds the concept disturbing as developed in a  recent episode of HawthoRNe. Check out  Shackled, at The Makings of a Nurse.


Speaking of the nursing shortage, just how short are we? Is it a regional issue or a national concern? IsntSheLovlei finds an overabundance in her area in What Nursing Shortage??? posted at The Dog Ate My Care Plan….

Keith at Digital Doorway pens a beautiful story of the beginning of a beautiful client/provider relationship in A Visit to the Doctor,  followed by an exploration of aging and loss in A Kind of Life.

Laney loses her first patient. A moving look at the emotional impact of a code in Breathe Me, at Nursing Student Chronicles.


Can I get an “AMEN!” for this insightful look at just what (and who) constitutes “the nursing profession”? Katie Morales at NursesNetwork.com lays it out in A Rose by Any Other Name.

After a summer tracing the history of Florence Nightengale’s career, Susan Hassmiller gives us Parting Thoughts: 10 Lessons Learned from Florence Nightengale’s Life, at AJN’s Off the Charts.

Jo has been blogging at Head Nurse since 2004. It’s one of my favorite stops on the web. In  Reasons Why I Love This Blog, by the Author of Same, Jo describes how she benefits from the blogging experience.

Jamie Davis has started a new podcast called Insights in Nursing.  I’ve been participating with Jamie and Terri from Nurse Ratched’s Place. Jamie takes Terri’s sharp insight and my incoherent ramblings and puts them together in a sharp weekly show that looks at what’s new in nursing news. The latest episode – Physician Extenders – is up! (Caution: Rant on Board!)


Thanks for reading this edition of Change of Shift! The next edition will be right here at Emergiblog – so feel free to submit via Blog Carnival or by using the “Contact” button at the top of the blog.

July 8, 2010, 11:31 am

Change of Shift – Volume 5, Number 1

Welcome to the Change of Shift anniversary edition!

Today marks the beginning of Change of Shift’s fifth year.

Thanks to everyone who responded with suggestions for our carnival! I’ll be compiling those thoughts into a future post (let’s just say link lists are out…).

Many thanks to those who contributed! This week, I’ve added a few new-to-me nursing blogs I’ve discovered along with favorite CoS regulars.

The next edition will be hosted here at Emergiblog, so submissions can be sent through Blog Carnival or to the contact link at the top of the blog.

In the meantime, enjoy Volume 5, Number One of Change of Shift!


NPs Save Lives writes a wonderful description of her responsibilities as an NP in Nurse Practitioners As Primary Care Providers, posted at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place. In the face of a primary care shortage, it’s hard to fathom the continued resistance to this concept. Over at her second blog, NP Place. com, she gives a Nurse Practitioner’s Opinion Regarding Medicaid Reimbursement To Specialists.

Nurse Me pens a poignant post on palliative care from a personal and professional viewpoint in The Beginning of the End.

Laney at Nursing Student Chronicles is working at her PNA externship and she is excited! Share her enthusiasm at PNA – Week 1.


Chris at The Man-Nurse Diaries wonders Do We Need Doulas in Critical Care? As Chris notes, “I ruminate over the idea of third-party patient advocates in the ICU. Can you imagine having a privately-hired patient advocate in the room while you’re taking care of a patient?”

In California, we have the ability to place those who are suicidal on a 3-day hold (5150). Florida seems to have a “loophole”. At AJN’s Off the Charts blog, nurse Marci Phipps writes of Reflections on the Freedom to Harm Yourself.

Oh, the joys of dealing with other departments…Shrtstormtropper gives vent to frustration in Lab, found at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop.


For the past few weeks, Jamie Davis of The Nursing Show podcast and Terri from Nurse Ratched’s Place (and me!) have been discussing various nursing topics for a new podcast entitled Insights in Nursing. Click to hear the latest edition, Over Anxious, Over Testing, & Keep That NG Tube Away!

Oh, the joys of California Dreamin’ – Life and Times of a L&D Nurse Babyrndeb can call herself “Earthquake Nurse” after this week’s 5.4 in southern CA!

Sometimes we see things differently. Gina at Code Blog talks of her experience with this in Perspectives.


Nurse Teeny may be running ragged but she is doing just fine in One Step Forward over at The Makings of a Nurse.

If this were on a TV show, no one would believe it. Rachedy at You Can’t Fix Stupid describes Some Scary Shit. Everybody ready? All together now…”EWWWWW!”

The devil is in the details – as E.J. discovers in Beatdown, at Uncompromised Airways. Kudos to everyone in neonatal critical care; you guys deserve a medal.

Over at Nursing Birth, our colleague entertains Thoughts on Becoming a Midwife. Wish I had her as my nurse when I was delivering. Check out other posts while you are there, her desire to advocate for her patients will inspire you.

Over at Weird Nursing Tales, Tex encounters Things That Make You Go… And we wonder why our health system is ill.


And that concludes our anniversary edition!

If you are wondering if you should submit to CoS, the answer is yes! You don’t have to be Hemmingway, you just have to write about nursing. Frustrated at work? Have an idea about health care reform? Want to shout the praises of the profession? Want to brag about an award you received, a symptom you unearthed, a thank-you from a patient? Want to discuss nursing theory in all its glory (or is that only me that does that)? We want to read it!

So…what are you waiting for?

June 29, 2010, 11:28 am

Change of Shift Begins Year Five: Where Do We Go From Here?

The patient looks like a Cyberman from “Doctor Who”!

Funny, I don’t remember the Doctor ever having a nurse for his traveling companion…

The cap rocks.

The shoes look like Barbie slippers!



You’ve never seen “Doctor Who”??

It’s only been on TV for forty-seven years!

It’s not a medical show, it’s sci-fi and The Doctor is a Time Lord who time-travels in a police call box (aka the TARDIS) that’s bigger on the inside than the outside…

Seriously, you have to see it.

BBC America. Saturdays. 9 Eastern, 6 Pacific.


Thanks to Keith at Digital Doorway for hosting the last edition of Change of Shift and including gorgeous pics of New Mexico!

The July 9th edition of CoS will be hosted here at Emergiblog with submissions accepted up until July 8th at 11am PDT.

This also marks the beginning of Change of Shift’s fifth year!

And I need your feedback.

What do you like about the CoS format?

What would you change?


To start, I have two areas where I need your opinion:

1. Do we continue to include link lists in CoS editions?

Those who have hosted CoS know that there are a lot of “junk” submissions of link lists that have nothing to do with nursing at all. Everything from “50 Ways to Leave Your Blubber” to “10 Victoria’s Secret Items You Can Wear to Work”.  Those go into the SPAM pile.

But…we also get many lists of links may be of interest to nurses, by nurses and from sites that are nursing related. Often, they are related to a business. While never totally comfortable using them (I prefer actual blogs), I’d check them out and if I found the links interesting, I’d include them in the edition.

But when Jacob Molyneux, editor of AJN’s Off the Charts, brought up the issue of whether the inclusion of these lists/posts reduces the value of the independent nurse bloggers and questioned their inclusion in CoS, I began to wonder if their use should be re-evaluated.

So…what say you?

Keep including them (at the host’s discretion) or drop them all together?

2. Submissions – nurse bloggers, where are you?

Okay, let’s be honest here.

Submissions from the individual nurse blogger have declined. Where I used to get at least 12 submissions for an edition, I now get four or five.  I know a lot of our blogging colleagues have dropped their posting frequency or are taking a hiatus. Heck, I am just now coming out of a slump myself.

Those of you who have been surprised to find yourself in CoS these last few editions, well let’s just say a little birdie was submitting for you. Okay, it was me. There’s good stuff out there and I want to make sure it ends up in CoS.


Why have the submissions dropped? Is it a lack of publicizing, a lack of being able to find out who is hosting?

A lack of time?

Or, god forbid….

A lack of interest?

What say you?

Should CoS stay as it is, with submissions as they come (or don’t as the case may be)? Or should it become a selection chosen by whomever is hosting that week? In other words, if you are hosting, you find and include posts from nurse bloggers you would like to showcase. Is that better?


Change of Shift has always felt like my “baby” and I want to make sure it is an asset to nursing on the web.

Who better to give feedback than you, my fellow nurse bloggers!

All opinions welcome, and I’ll share the results in a future post.


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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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