May 9, 2010, 8:51 pm

When God Closes a Door…

I would have loved to have seen just how far I would have gotten in  nursing with this “Symbol of Success”!

This looks like an ad in the back of “movie magazines” like Photoplay. Anybody else remember “Photoplay”? Or am I hopelessly dating myself with that question?

Ten weeks….

Wish someone had told me, I just finished three years!

Learn at home…

Gee, I guess they were ahead of their time where online classes were concerned!

(P.S. For the rest of you old folk that remember Photoplay, wiki says it folded in 1980 and the staff went to “Us” Magazine.)


Change of Shift will be hosted by The Muse, RN this Thursday. There is a theme, so be sure to check the site! Submissions will be accepted up until Wednesday evening and can be sent to “themuse at themusern dot com”. You can also submit via Blog Carnival.


I cannot shake this feeling that something needs to be done.

Something is due. An assignment. A paper.

It’s like having phantom limb pain – I’m having phantom assignment pain!

But nothing is due! I made it! I can now officially write “BSN” after my name! As of the 15th I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Program in Professional Nursing.

I actually haven’t seen my new title in writing yet, so I’ll write it here:

Kim McAllister, RN, BSN

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout!


It actually took awhile to sink in, because the accomplishment was overshadowed, briefly, by a huge disappointment.

I did not get into the PhD program at Davis.

Talk about feeling like being dropped-kicked in the chest! I can’t describe it any other way.

So there I am, feeling smaller than an itteh bitteh kitteh without a committeh, when what should appear but the reason I was not accepted!

I was “not competitive” with other candidates based on my “Statement of Purpose/written work”.


Not only was I not competitive, but I was not competitive in the area I thought was my biggest strength!

And if I had any sort of an ego before, it’s now so small even Viagra couldn’t revive it.

So much for blogging being my ticket to nursing academia/nirvana.


So. The next step.

Well, it looks like I’ll need to get my PhD via the MSN route, and I am hoping to do that through Cal State.

Trouble is, the admissions are closed until next year.

Good lord, no school for an entire year?

What the hell am I supposed to do with myself?

They say when God closes a door, He opens a window.

The life of a NASCAR groupie is looking mighty good…but something tells me that’s not the open window He has in mind.

April 29, 2010, 11:07 am

Change of Shift – Vol. 4, Number 22

Hi – welcome to this edition of Change of Shift, the nursing blog carnival.

We have a diverse group of submissions this week. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry and some will make you think.

So, without further ado, I give you….

Change of Shift.


Sure, we can save a trauma victim physically, but how do we help the deal with the aftermath? Check out A Crash Course in Trauma Psychiatry posted at The Man-Nurse Diaries.

Lisa at Experiences of an ICU Nurse tells a beautiful story of life, death, love and relationship in The Ugly Cry. Get a Kleenex.

The full moon approaches and RehabNurse muses on life at the Hotel in Dashed Dreams, found at RehabRN.


LOL – this is too funny! Gina at Code Blog recalls a tale of medicine and kidnapping in The Kidnapped Napper. Wish I had someone to kidnap me like that!

Laney at Nursing Student Chronicles learns the meaning of “tell your friends you will see them in two years” in Minor Meltdown.

We care for elderly patients, we may have elderly parents and someday (a loooong time from now) we will be elderly ourselves! Which makes Dr. Dean’s post at The Millionaire Nurse Blog so very relevant. Check out Financial Fraud and the Elderly, are Your Parents at Risk?


At Your Cervix (best blog name EVER!) looks at a particular Bias in Healthcare. Have you ever run across it in your practice?

After finishing an assignment on leadership and influence, this post hit home. Julianna at JParadisi RN’s Blog submits Consensus and Majority Rule are Siblings not Twins.

Over at Madness: Tales of an Emergency Room Nurse, things are heating up as contract negotiations hit a stand still. It always amazes me what hospitals will try and get away with, even if it means A Strike is Coming.


Jennifer Kingsley from the Nurse Practitioner Education site sends in 10 Essential Web Tools for Nurse Practitioners. Some good links here! NP’s, what do you think of the list?

Whoopie Patterson presents 25 Essential iPad Apps for Your Health and Wellness posted at Online Nurse Practicioner Programs.

Elle integrates holistic health practices with traditional western medicine. In The Power of Touch for Healing, she describes a poignant moment in caring for a terminal patient, posted at her website The Body Window: Healing Body, Mind, Soul


That concludes this edition of Change of Shift!

Thanks so much for reading!

Our next edition will be on May 13th and hosted by The Muse, RN. Contact information will be updated here ASAP. In the meantime, submissions can be sent to me and I will forward.

April 22, 2010, 10:11 am

Taking a Right in Albuquerque!

Meet Nurse Zombie.

Wonder what has made her so catatonic?

Could it be that she is waiting to find out if she was accepted into grad school and the tension of waiting is driving her MAD???

Could it be that the entire trajectory of the rest of her life balances on whether or not the sum total of all she has accomplished has rendered her worthy of inclusion into the exclusive world of graduate nursing education?

Does she fear being forced to bear the slings and arrows of staff nursing well after her back gives out and her bunions receive their own zip code?


Could be she just has a wedgie.


Okay, things aren’t all that bad.

Actually, they are. Once I know one way or the other I can get on with my life, but this being in limbo is messing with my mind.

Time for a vacation.

Like, right now.  Starting tomorrow, my weekend will be full of Kasey Kahne. So, what is different from any other NASCAR weekend?



In fact, I am writing this at the airport in Albuquerque as we speak. Four days of that wonderful smell of asphalt, rubber and gasoline, not to mention good looking men running around in fire suits.  Holla!  Have camera, will document!

(P.S. The photo is from I borrowed it.)


This limbo-mind mentality is what led to an unprecedented 3 weeks without blogging.

I have so many deep, philosophical nursing topics to write about.

But, until then, just a few announcements!

  • Change of Shift. Here. April 29th. Submissions in by April 28th. For those who have asked to host I shall be contacting you!
  • There is a new carnival in town! Our own ChronicBabe Jenni has begun the Chronic Babe Blog Carnival! Not only that she is hosting Grand Rounds next week with a theme of “Ladylike”. Can’t wait to see what the guys do with that one! : D
  • And because bloggers can never have too much fun, I’ll also be at the ePatient Conference in September with Better Health! There is an MD/RN track this year.  More details as they come in! Save the dates. Click the widget on the sidebar (as soon as I put it there)!

See ya at the races!


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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