May 13, 2009, 8:27 pm

Beam Yourself Aboard Change of Shift: Volume 3, Number 23


Welcome to Change of Shift, the blog carnival by, about and for nurses!

There is no Star Trek theme, although I did actually go see the movie again, hence the enhanced post title.

(Check this out: for $9.95 and a boxtop you can get a Captain’s shirt from Cheez-Its. The family is halfway through the box, with orders from Captain Kim not to throw it out.)

If you would like to take the helm of a future Change of Shift voyage, please send a message (see contact button above) and the Communications Officer will schedule a date for you!

Like the latest Star Trek movie, this edition of Change of Shift will make you smile and get you all riled up at the same time!

But enough about my delusions of Star Fleet, on with the main attraction!


Let’s start with a smile! Our very generous action figure colleague from The Adventures of Bob the Nurse, invites us for an after work libation in Bombay Bob! Make mine a double!

An unexpected illness allows Keith at Digital Doorway time to ponder our profession and review his career experiences in Calling in Sick on Nurses Day.

Hmmm….looks like some of Sean’s colleagues decided to come to work sick in Hard Worker or Just Hard Headed? over at Be the Next Step.  Why do we do that? I feel a post coming on…by the way, Sean, great looking site!  : )


I’m on the mailing list for the new U.C. Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, an institution I hope to someday refer to as my “alma mater”. Dean Heather M. Young, Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing, mailed out a beautiful Salute to the Nation’s Nurses in Honor of National Nurses Week. I thought it would be great to share it with you.

Get ready to get angry.  ER Murse advises us on How to Tell if You Have Been Studerized.  Somebody, anybody, tell me they can’t be serious about this!  Sutter Health is involved (I’m shocked…shocked….not) and for all the frustrations that I have with the California Nurses Association, this is exactly when you want them having your back.  Read to the bottom, and be sure to click on the links to the leaked memo from a Sutter Health chief nursing officer, along with CNA’s response. Forewarned is forearmed.

Oh my. Reality Rounds sends in a story that will have you reeling: In the Eye of the Beholder. There is absolutely nothing I can add. Bring a Kleenex.  If I wasn’t sitting in the middle of a Starbucks, I’d need a full box.


Bob Dylan wrote, “….Your old road is rapidly agin’, Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand, For the times they are a’changin’.”  This is the line that came to mind as I read Barbara’s post from Florence dot com noting While It’s Tempting to Eat the Young, Here’s a Better Recipe.  They will question; will you be able to answer?

The future may be upon us, but the past is our heritage. Dr. Val from Better Health sends in a tribute to nurses everywhere in Nurses and the Military: A Historical Perspective from Walter Reed.

“When does a seasoned or retired nurse pass the torch on to the new generation?” This question is asked in a beautifully poignant post from Nurse Connect blogger Laura Webb entitled the Nursing Rites of Passage.


Karin at 12-Hour Nurse has a list and she’s checking it twice!  Checking for What Not to Wear, that is! I’m down with the list, but I do love my earrings. It’s my only splurge!

I’ve been in ER for 18 of my 31 nursing years and I have never heard of what Nurse Connect blogger Kathy Patton describes as a Rare Cardiac Phenomenon! Fascinating…I wonder if I actually have seen it and did not know it!


Thanks to all who submitted and, of course, for reading!

Be sure to keep your eye on the BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09 website; registration for the Medblogger Meet-Up should be beginning soon!

Gina at Code Blog: Tales of a Nurse will be hosting the next edition of CoS on May 28th, so send your submissions to “codeblogrn at gmail dot com”.  Thanks again to Gina!

(Remember, Change of Shift now has subscription options; you can follow by email or RSS feed. An aggregated feed of credible, rotating health and medicine blog carnivals is also available. Many thanks to Walter Jesson at Highlight Health for setting those feeds up!)

May 10, 2009, 1:22 pm



It isn’t a well known fact, but I am an absolute, total, bona fide Trekker.

That’s TrekkER, not TrekkIE.

Big difference.

So believe me when I tell you that they NAILED the new Star Trek movie.

Freaking NAILED it.

You MUST go see it.

It. Is. Stunning.

“I have been and always shall be your friend.”

Best line ever written.


Oh, and take Kleenex.

A box.

(Yes, I bawled my eyes out. And yes, I was the only one. But I don’t care!)

Go see it.



And look for me, because I’ll probably be there.

May 8, 2009, 9:14 pm

In the Arms of the Angels

poster-jesus-child-28Mary Kate entered into Heaven today.

Her family was by her side.

Thank you so much for the prayers sent out to her family.

Please pray for them, that God will give them strength to get through the coming days.

And please say a prayer for my daughter, Mary Kate’s teacher, that she is able to cope with the responsibility of helping her class (and Mary Kate’s twin sister) deal with the loss of their beloved classmate.

I never met Mary Kate, but I did learn her favorite color was yellow and that she loved Irish dancing.

I will meet her someday.

And you had best believe I’ll be wearing the brightest yellow Heaven will allow!

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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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