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.

September 30, 2009, 8:47 pm

Change of Shift: Vol. 4, Number 7

OffwhitelogoWelcome to the latest version of Change of Shift, the nursing blog carnival!

Lots of topics this week: H1N1 is on a lot of minds these days, there are a couple of posts for new grads and it looks like one particular blogger is going to have to re-evaluate her opinion on a certain Showtime show (cough!).

So, let’s get started!


New blogger, first post! Meet RNtoBe as she encounters the “policy vs. practice” in Back to the Grind and is shocked to discover that they teach residents that babies are “sterile”. It’s a hoot!

Beka at In Our Own Words: Medscape Nurses wants to know if you are Ready for the H1N1 (Swine) Flu? Will you be getting the vaccination? Is your hospital prepared? And if want to know what the CDC is tracking, here is their H1N1 Situation Update.

Do you think the H1N1 vaccine should be a condition of employment? Some nurses are protesting this possibility. Cara Matthews reports that Protesters Rally Against Swine Flu Vaccine posted at Politics on the Hudson.


Mother Jones at Nurse Ratched’s Place is all about vintage uniforms, but right now she has partnered with Scrubs Gallery in a “Uniform of the Future” contest! First prize is a $100 gift card from Scrubs Gallery! Details at You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

When I read that author (and blogger!) Suzanne Gordon, a major nursing advocate, believes that “Nurse Jackie” is a realistic portrayal of the profession I realized – after I picked up my jaw – that I should, you know, actually watch it and not condemn it from bits of previews. Suzanne makes her case at Nurse Jackie Ends Tonight. (and if you haven’t read “From Silence to Voice” or “Nursing Against the Odds”, go to amazon.com and get them. Should be required reading in every nursing school.)

Barbara at Florence dot com discusses an important contribution to patient safety from an unlikely source in Trolling for Patient Safety in Social Media.


Sean at My Strong Medicine has a great message he’d like to pass along, you know, From One Nurse to Another. Ever felt like saying this to anyone?Anything you’d like to add?

Wendy Jones from NursesPTO looks at nurses’ reading habits in Are You an Apathetic Nurse?. Jennifer can only take sooo much and she tells us My Pet Peeves About Patients. Rachael is not a nurse, but she hires them and in Finding A Nursing Job she gives some hints to new grads on how to stand out from the crowd.

Susan White at RN Central sends in a list of 100 Incredible, Cutting-Edge Lectures for Medical Professionals. It is, truly, an incredible list and I spent some time viewing a couple of the lectures. You have to see the one with the animated cell; it’s breathtaking.


The campaign for a National Nurse is going strong, and now Diana Mason over at AJN’s blog Off the Charts wonders Why Doesn’t the U.S. Have an Office of the National Nurse? Why, indeed!

RehabRN certainly knows how to Vacate for a Vacation! When two days off just isn’t enough…..

It’s easy to criticize, but how many of us take the time to acknowledge a job well done? Mark at Medic 999 did exactly that following a call for an elderly patient (he even gave the staff a copy of the post!) in It’s a Shame It’s So Rare.


Have you heard about The Waiting Room? A film maker follows the life and times of patients and staff at Highland Hospital, in Oakland, California. Watching over the throng is Nurse CJ. She makes an appearance in many of the videos. If I’m ever in an ER, I want this nurse watching over me.

Patrick at the Travel Nursing Blog talks about how to get your focus back when nursing gets to be too much in You Take the Good, You Take the Bad and There You Have… Be sure to read check out the links at the end of the post! (And Patrick, I now have the theme from “Facts of Life” in my head. There will be payback…)

I’m taking a class on health aging so this post really hit home. Alvaro at SharpBrains notes “…not enough attention seems focused on ensuring healthcare systems’ preparedness to deal with cognitive health issues…” He asks: Alzheimer’s Disease: is our Healthcare System Ready?

NurseConnect blogger Laura wonders at the comforting effect of a soft object in Embracing the Heart Pillow. I distinctly remember the nurses putting much effort into these for their pre-op heart patients. Blogger Kathy also addresses new grads, who may be discouraged as they look for their first job, she says New Grads Take Heart!


And that my friends, ends this edition of Change of Shift! And….it’s right back here again in two weeks so keep those submissions coming in! Wow – this time in two weeks I’ll be sitting in Las Vegas at the BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09!  It’s not too late to join us, you know! Email me if you want details on how to register!

So… the next CoS will be coming at you straight from the heart of Vegas.  Hey, maybe you can write about a “gamble” you took in your career that really paid off! It’s good I’ll be working on CoS, it will keep me from hitting the slots!

Many thanks to those who submitted and, as always, thanks for reading!

September 25, 2009, 10:33 am

Blog Fog

busywaitingroomHoly cow, this nurse looks like she is swamped!

I can relate!

Whatever force got me to commit to six night shifts in eight days and a public health rotation on my days off must have gotten me at a weak moment!

This has to be the longest I’ve gone without blogging.

Between work, school and sleep, I have neglected my poor blog!

And I’ve also been remiss in my duties! The last Change of Shift was hosted by Mark at Medic 999, Ramona at Suture for a Living did the honors last week at Grand Rounds and this week it was Colin Son taking the reins at Residency Notes…

…and I forgot to link to all of them until now!

That is just unacceptable.

It’s pretty bad when my blogging time is affected.

But have no fear – Change of Shift is back here at Emergiblog next week and submissions are most welcome! Nurses – get those blogging fingers flying and let us know what is up! I’ll be introducing a new nurse blogger and I’m sure our old favorites (no, I did not just call you old) will be joining in! Just go through Blog Carnival or click the “Contact” button above.

Neither rain, nor snow, nor me losing my mind will keep Change of Shift from going up when scheduled!

Now it’s time to read 10 articles on school-based clinics!

I’m trying to contain my excitement.

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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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