October 14, 2009, 11:56 pm

Change of Shift From BlogWorld!

OffwhitelogoGreetings from Las Vegas!

It’s the BlogWorld Expo edition of Change of Shift!

Well, at least it’s being compiled in the same city.

We have a new blogger again this edition, and an unintended ER theme seems to have arisen from the nursing blogosphere this week!

So, without further ado –

Let’s get started!


A big Change of Shift welcome to NURSE ME, an 11 year ER/ICU veteran who describes themselves as…” blunt and to the point, pragmatic and methodical. That is until I look into your eyes as I’m performing chest compressions and remember that you’re human.”. A blogger since September, today’s submission is called Just the facts?..

NPs Save Lives gives an online interview to a nursing student. Great questions, great answers! (Did you know NPs in Florida can’t write for a controlled substance?)  Interview From Me For A Nursing Student is posted at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place.

After 19 years in ER, stories like this still make me (a) laugh or (b) slam my palm into my forehead or (c) both! Today’s “Life in the ER” story comes from Ross as Nurse In Australia. Never forget the Piña Colada for the Patient, Please?.


Anne Simone from the LPN to RN Blog finds the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Uniforms in Nursing History. Some look pretty cumbersome, but I have to disagree with the cap – nothing beats a great nursing cap! Then again, I could never stand Sue Barton because she wore those muffin top monstrosities…

I’m detecting a theme in CoS this week! An ICU nurse decides to help Man-nurse with his clinical assignment in Emergency Room Edumacation posted at The Man-Nurse Diaries. Having done both ICU and ER, this is a hoot!

It happens to us all, usually in the first semester. That’s how it was for CeeCee who describes her experience in  I Changed an Adult Diaper with some very poignant thoughts. In: From Suit to Scrubs.


I’ve heard a lot of talk about violence against nurses in the ER, but it happens everywhere. Even in labor and delivery. Reality Rounds looks at the vulnerability of nurses (and recounts her own experiences) in Assault.

Think you’d be grossed out by stuff you’d see in the ER? Well, shrtstormtrooper as her limits and she describes them vividly in Things I Can’t Handle posted at New Nurse Insanity: Fundus Chop!. For me? Sputum. Anything but sputum.

Over at NurseConnect, Laura wants to know Should Medical Media Reflect Reality? Lots of nurses on TV these days. What do you think of how they are portrayed? Kathy is ambivalent about the flu immunization and looks at the Vaccination Controversy. Are you getting immunized?

Paramedic Janis at The Jage Page has some thoughts and what constitutes a professional – and not just in EMS. Do you it the criteria in A Word About Professionalism?


And that’s it from Las Vegas!

Next week, our host will be Reality Rounds, and you can send your submissions through Blog Carnival or to ” rrcomadmin at gmail dot com”.

Thanks for reading!


10:51 am

Viva Blog Vegas!

LasVegasSignWell, it’s here!

The Medblogger Track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09 is actually happening!

I’m sitting at the Palazzo and working on homework.


Then after that I have a track leader meeting at the Convention Center.

And then I have to come back and put my panel notes together.


Oh yeah – Change of Shift is due tomorrow.

Oh well, I could be downstairs spending money.

Nah, I’ll save that for the Nascar Cafe – nothing like watching a race on flat screen TVs surrounded by memorabilia and a ton of booze classy drinks. But that is Saturday evening, and before then it’s 72 hours of pure, unadulterated blog stuff!!!!

So Viva la Homework!

Viva la Nascar!

Viva Blog Vegas!!!!!!!!!!

October 9, 2009, 11:55 am

Baby Got Back….to Blogging!

foodtrayAll I could think of when I saw this photo was Gordon Ramsay screaming that the Cream of Wheat was lumpy.

But she’s smiling, so this can’t be Hell’s Kitchen.

It’s more like pot-luck-in-the-break-room.

Cherry Ames got in trouble for “sampling bread and butter” in the ward kitchen, which was apparently against the rules back in the day.

Now you can come into my department and have a four-course meal laid out on the table, which is great for morale but bad for those of us babes with too much “back”.

And when it really does look like “Hell’s Kitchen” in the ER, nothing boosts your serotonin like a big, chocolate brownie, or nacho cheese Doritos!

Sometimes it feels like my shift is one big exercise of will power, and I usually poop out by by 0300.


It’s less than a week to BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09! But have no fear, Change of Shift will still be up by Thursday morning! Send in your submissions to me – CoS will be right here on Emergiblog.


IMG_0256Somewhere between work, school and full blown addiction to that god awful “Word Island” game on Facebook, I managed to make it to one day of the Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco.


Rob at Johnson & Johnson let me use their free sponsor’s pass (Thanks, Rob!) and so I found myself walking through San Francisco on a gorgeous early morning!

concourseThe conference was being held at the Concourse Exhibition Center. It was an interesting venue – it used to be a train station!

The conference was geared toward businesses and providers, even though many of the programs are designed for patient/consumer use. There was a patient panel that first day, and a panel with patients who had demo’d a couple of apps, but I did not notice patients represented in the other panels.

I came away with two thoughts:

1. Technology is great, but nothing takes the place of a personal relationship with your health care provider. There is not a technology in the world that can replace in-person interactions and assessment.  While this was the opinion of speaker Ron Dixon, MD, it is a belief I share. Technology is an adjunct, not a substitute. (I actually stated that in a paper for a class – and lost points for not being “forward thinking”.)

2. There are a lot of apps and programs marketed “to” patients and “for” patients. Very few of these (if any) have been produced “with” patients.

Trish and Amy

Of course, the fun of conferences is hooking up with folks you know and folks you “know” from their blogs!

I finally got a chance to meet Amy Tenderich of Diabetes Mine and Trisha Torrey of Every Patient’s Advocate!

I had a blast talking to both blog buddies!meandval

And here is a pic of me and Dr. Val of Better Health!
Sort of a rehearsal for BWE next week!

So in summation, the Health 2.0 conference was interesting and a good look at some applications that are coming down the pike.

As a blogger, I didn’t really feel there was a lot I could relate to, but that’s not really a criticism because the conference is not geared to that audience.

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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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