March 6, 2009, 9:38 pm

Soarin’ With ENA and Havin’ A Blast!

img_0203Yes, that is a plane onstage!

Is that cool, or what?

This was the opening of the ENA Leadership Confererence this morning at the Grand Sierra here in Reno.

That’s Bill Briggs at the podium.  He’s the President of ENA.  Trust me, he does not look like an alien in person.  It’s the glare of the lights.  Tony, PR dude extraordinaire, is going to get me a better photo.

I get to interview Bill tomorrow.

This was such a great opening to the conference!  I’m sitting there, minding my own business and trying to answer mail via my iPhone.

One. Letter. At. A. Time….

When all of a sudden, blasting out of a sound system I’d kill to have, comes Steve Miller singing “Jet Airliner”.

Well, good morning!  You play Steve Miller, you get my attention!

As the theme for the conference is “Soar!”, the plane is quite apropo!img_0201

Why am I showing food, you ask?

This was my breakfast.

MINE!

At least until Susan from Shreveport came and joined me!

There goes my diet. Forgive me Richard (Simmons) for I have eaten a scone and counted it as a fruit. My penance? Losing $40 at Caveman Keno. I’m a high-roller….of nickels.

The entire theatre was set for tables of six and this was on every table.

Knowing this is waiting will make it a lot easier for me to get up at 6 am tomorrow, I’ll tell you that!

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WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS ON THE MEDBLOGGER MEET-UP….

But I can’t announce it yet.

Forget the poll on the sidebar, it’s old news.

Let’s just say the city I can’t announce has a Nascar Cafe and hosts a race every year.

I am chomping at the bit, ripping at the seams, bursting like a bubble…

And I’m out of metaphors.

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Quick note: Change of Shift is up over at the Nurse Practitioner’s Place so head on over and say hi to Jen.

She hosted during what turned out to be a very difficult period. You rock, my friend!

The next edition’s host is…let me check…oh, it’s ME!  LOL!

Get those submissions flying into my mailbox!

Don’t MAKE come out there!  : D

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Now back to ENA…

I spent the day indulging my new interest in nursing research and spent a fair amount of time checking out the poster presentations.

This is Gina Harrison, RN, BS, an ER nurse from Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Virginia.  Gina was one of the authors of a research study comparing blood specimens drawn by EMS vs. ER staff.

A beautifully presented research study and many congrats out to Gina and her co-researchers because their article has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Emergency Nursing!

I can say I knew it when it was a poster!

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me about research, Gina!

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One of the highlights of these conferences it networking with other nurses, and I had a great talk with Steve Stapleton,  a member of the ENA Institute on Emergency Nursing Research.  Steve is thisclose to having his PhD (University of Chicago, Illinois)  and I was able to learn so much from talking to him about his experiences.

So basically, I spent today getting oriented, buying a ton of books, donating to a worthy cause (no, not the slot machines) in the ENA Foundation and feeding my appetite for research.

Tomorrow?  Interviews, sessions, and the Exhibit hall awaits!

Right now.  I’m exhausted from travel and studying.

Yes, I’m the only person I know who comes to Reno, Nevada with textbooks.

Go ahead and say it!  I know you wanna….

It’s true….I am…..a nerd.

But a cool one.

March 5, 2009, 11:34 am

Cherry Ames, Casino Nurse?

reno1I’m sitting here in the Oakland Airport waiting for the flight that will take me to….

Wait for it….

Reno!

I’m attending the Emergency Nurses Association Leadership Conference this weekend.

Ah, but all is not fun and gambling games. I have to study when I’m not at the conference.

The slots can call all they want, but I have work to do.

I’ll let you know how much I win.

March 3, 2009, 12:05 pm

I Wanna Be A Blog Star!

3ff0_1Holy cow.

This this is five feet long and two feet wide.

I can’t believe someone would try and sell something like this on eBay.

I mean really.

Is there no limit to what someone will try and pawn off on another unsuspecting person?

I don’t know what to say!

Except,

This is going to look great in the downstairs “Nascar” themed bedroom.

The one my husband does not know about.

Yet.

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It’s Grand Rounds Day!

David over at Health Business Blog takes the reins this week in a very succinct, Twitter-style format that is easy on the eyes and fun to read!

Be sure to check out next week’s plans at the bottom of David’s post.  A Grand Rounds first!

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There’s a new blog carnival in town!

Welcome to the first ever edition of  “The Handover”, a blogcarnival dedicated to the staff who provide emergency care both in the community and in the Accident and Emergency Department (or ER).”

Okay all you medics, fire-fighters and ER personnel!

This one is for us!

Mark has asked me to host a future edition, and I’m happy to do so!  Be sure to check out this great collection of pre-hospital/ER stories and by all means submit yours to the next edition!

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Okay, so I’m driving to work last night and what comes on the radio?

Rockstar, by Nickelback.

Of course, I’m singing at the top of my lungs when I realize that this would make a great “blog song”.

So I took the lyrics (originally written by Daniel Adair, Michael Kroeger, Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake) and transformed them into “I Wanna Be A Blog Star”.

(Yes, I do have time on my hands, how could you tell?)

Ahem. Here is the result:

I’m through with submitin’ links to sites I’ll never get in
It’s like a posting contest that I’m never gonna win
This blog hasn’t turned out quite the way I want it to be

(Tell me watchya want)

I want a brand new website that don’t cost a million
A Site Meter widget goin’ to a bazillion
And an Alltop confirmation that indeed, I really do kick ass

(Tell me watchya need)

I’ll need a MacBook Pro with a screen de-fogger
And a big black jet that’s gonna fly me to BlogHer
Gonna join the mile high club and post at thirty-thousand feet

(Been there, done that)

I want a Google ranking that goes higher than Mars
With a broadband connection faster than a Nascar
Somewhere between Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt is fine for me

(So how you gonna do it)

I’m gonna write my guts out for fortune and fame
I’d even quit my job and divulge my name

Cause we all just wanna be big blog stars
And spill our whole lives writing in a coffee bar
The links come easy and lattes come cheap
With an extra shot so we just won’t sleep
And we’ll
Be so cool that we won’t even blanch
When we see Glenn Reynolds sent an “Insta-lanche”
Every good Mommy Blogger’s gonna wind up there
Every Medblogger  blogging in the scrubs they wear and
Hey hey I wanna be a blog star
Hey hey I wanna be a blog star

I wanna be great like Dooce, and have super grammar
Hire eight body guards that love to beat up spammers
Get some business cards and hand ’em out to everyone I see

(And write ’em off at taxtime)

I’m gonna Tweet my blog links with the utmost gusto
Get a free registration to  the BlogWorldExpo
Gonna sell ad space so I can spend all my money on me

(So how you gonna do it)

I’m gonna post my way to fortune and fame
I’ll comment on every blog and even leave my name

‘Cause we all just wanna be big blog stars
Hopin’ the posts they read are almost always ours
We can post in our underwear and stay in bed
And make avatars that look just like a Lego head
And we’ll
Hang out in a virtual place
In the VIP where the blogosphere waits
Every good post writer’s gonna wind up there
And we’ll post with abandon and not even care
Then we’ll
Get a guest to do our blogging for us
Use the latest dictionary and a big thesaurus
Then we hit the “submit” button with an relieved smile
Everybody’s got a web consultant on speed dial, well
Hey hey I wanna be a blog star

I’m gonna be controversial and give my opinion
Cos this blog I’m writing’s under my dominion
And it ain’t lip service, it’s just where I’ve been
And tomorrow I’m just gonna do it all again

Well we all just wanna be big blog stars
And post our heartfelt stories and expose our scars
The ideas come easy and comments come cheap
We take it with a grain of salt and don’t lose sleep
And we’ll
Pull up a keyboard and pour out our hearts
Cuz we know with every blogger, that is where it starts
And we post because we don’t want our blogs to tank
And we freak out when we realize our minds went blank
And we’ll
Look for inspiration anywhere right then
Something that will get us fired up again
Then a post idea just hits us and we start to run
And we realize again that this whole blogging thing’s fun
Hey hey I wanna be a blog star
Hey hey I wanna be a blog star

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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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