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 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!

September 2, 2010, 4:42 pm

Change of Shift: Vol. 5, Number 5

Welcome to Change of Shift!

Boy, that was a fast two weeks!

For those who don’t follow me on Facebook, I’m a little slow on the computer front as I am recovering from Lasik – please excuse any typos that have made it through my blurry proof-read.

Also – I have discount codes for BlogWorld/New Media Expo 10, so if you are planning on attending the second annual Social Health track (and you should!!), shoot me an email via the “Contact” button. Details can be found up top under the “BlogWorld” button!

Time to dive in….


Editor’s pick: Haste posted at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop!. There is nothing I can add to this heart-wrenching apology, and it deserves a section of its own.


The Muse, RN has heard “…why isn’t she a doctor?” once too often and she isn’t going to take it anymore! Check out her novel idea at Nancy Nurse, RN, MD? Boy, I thought I got hot under the collar; this makes me look shy and retiring! : D

My heart goes out to Keith at Digital Doorway. We all have times when we ask Did I Miss Something? Kleenex warning in force, you’ll need it.

Will is finishing nursing school and celebrating his blogiversary. He’s also a fantastic artist/cartoonist. Check him out at Drawing on Experience and offer congrats on My Blog is 1 Year Old!


The nursing profession is “graying”, but are you even remotely ready to retire? At The Millionaire Nurse Blog, Dr. Dean makes the case for preparing financially in Catch-Up Contributions: A Little Help for Graying Nurses – and Nurse Shawna!

Welcome new nurse blogger Joni to Change of Shift! Joni writes at Nursetopia, with a post that is, unfortunately, near and not-so-dear to my heart: Obesity Within Nursing.

Talk about a segue made in heaven! Meet Nicole, new nurse and blogger at Scrubs. In The Supportive Workplace, Nicole writes about the positive changes that her hospital has made to improve the health of the nurses.


Nurse Teeny has been through the health-system wringer, and wonders what it must be like for those who are not familiar with the system. See We Can Do Better at The Makings of a Nurse. (Hope you are feeling better, Teeny!)

NPs Save Lives pens a crystal clear essay on the need to keep APRNs in the healthcare reform discussion in A Nurse Practitioner’s Response to Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolous’ Medicaid Tour, posted at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place.

Lunch ladies, GI Joe and the Slackers – recognize them? RehabRN describes them all and ends with some sage advice in A Different Atmosphere.


The latest Insights in Nursing is up at, well, Insights in Nursing! Jamie Davis, myself, Terri Polick of Nurse Ratched’s Place and Lovlei McKinney of The Dog Ate My Care Plan discuss the latest nursing articles and news releases in Patient Care, Leather or Paper. Listen in and find out where post-op C-section patients have to clean their own rooms!!! Seriously!

Shawn Kennedy, interim editor-in-chief of AJN, blogs of “health nursing” vs. “sick nursing” in Nightingale, One More Time, at Off the Charts.

Katie at NursesNetwork discusses life’s curveballs and reminds us Let’s Be Good to Each Other Out There.


That’s it for this edition! Many thanks to all who submitted and to you for reading!

Next edition is right here at Emergiblog, hit the contact button or head for to submit!

August 20, 2010, 3:42 pm

Change of Shift: Vol. 5, Number 4

Welcome to Change of Shift – a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short!

We have some old friends and some new additions.  Our submissions cover the best of nursing and the most difficult moments. Some share successes and others could use some collegial support.

So, grab a latte, put your feet up and enjoy..

Change of Shift.


I love adding nursing blogs to my blogroll! This week, thanks to his CoS submission, I’ve found Stephen at  A Nurse Practitioner’s View, where he   presents  Team Work. When it comes to patient care, check our egos at the door.

Some teams we chose and some we’re born into, as noted in this heart-warming story from Keith at Digital Doorway, We’re All in This Together.

Nurses are expected to be super-humanly objective and non-judgmental. As this honest post from Nurse Me shows, there are limits, and don’t forget to Always Look Behind the Curtain First.


Hallelujah! No more getting screwed ripped off by textbook prices! IsntSheLovlei spreads the good news in Hear Ye, Hear Ye, posted at the beautifully entitled The Dog Ate My Care Plan….

There’s a blogiversary in the air! Head on over and say congrats to Infusion Nurse as she announces I’m a Year Old…

Katie Morales at NursesNetwork wonders Will You Still Need Me When I’m 64? I’m not sure my body will even hold out until I’m 54!


Over at Code Blog, guest author Jennifer, RN, makes a difference when caring for a patient described as Tough and Not Very Friendly.

Edith at Caffeine and Xanax is frustrated by a difficult patient in Mr. Grouchy Pants. What part of “sign out AMA” don’t they understand?

Nurse Teeny of The Makings of a Nurse is at a crossroads and feeling Deflated. Have you ever been there?

AJN clinical editor Christine Moffa reviews an article on preventing hospital acquired infections in When Timely Nurse Removal of Urinary Catheters reduces UTI Rate at Off the Charts.

The latest podcast of Insights in Nursing is up, thanks to Jamie Davis! I was able to participate in this installment along with Susan Bindon of Lifebridge Health; our topic is Magnet Hospitals and Happy Nurses. There is some talk of “sexy” units, but I plead the fifth.


Thanks for reading this edition of Change of Shift!

Next edition will be right here at Emergiblog on September 3rd. Submit via Blog Carnival or through the Contact button at the top of this page.

I look forward to reading the next round of submissions! Many thanks to all who contributed!

About Me

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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