Nurses and their stories


I’m living the dream these days. Thanks to the help of our friends Drew & Mike.. we are official. We have a Podcast and a website. And we’re just getting started. We have all sorts of guests lined up.

I’ve got a million and one ideas to get out of my head. I just can’t seem to stop my brain from working long enough to start jotting them down.

In the process of cleaning up the back end of this blog, I was viewing some of my old blog posts over the years.. and I came to the realization….

I’ve written  A LOT of content. I mean.. A LOT.

I’ve been blogging on a steady and regular basis for the past 8+ years. In between my home base blog here and all the material I had written over the years at (my former paid gig) Scrubs Magazine… I mean woah.

And I’m just getting started.

I’m getting back to my roots. And I’m starting to put fingers to keys (yeah.. it used to be ‘pen to paper’). I need to start jotting down my thoughts again. Start using my blog for what it was intended. To share my stories.

At the heart of my new Podcast with my co-host Emily… it’s about Nurses and their stories.

It’s always been about telling our stories.

It’s time I remembered why I started doing this in the first place.

So. Shiz jus’ got realz with our Podcast

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So. Things are coming together nicely. This lil’ Podcast of ours is starting to take a life of its own.

We’re 13 episodes deep now. We’re on iTunes. We’re on Stitcher. We publish to SoundCloud and Spreaker. We have MERCHANDISE!

Oh…. and we now have business cards:

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Did I mention shiz jus’ got realz?

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An award as a Nurse Blogger

I’ve been nominated for the Nurse Blogger Award by my good friend and inaugural guest of our The Change of Shift Podcast, Nurse Beth Hawkes.


Thank you Beth! I remember how these awards were all the rage back during the early days of my blogging career. Each time, I’m humbled and thankful to be nominated by a fellow Nurse Blogger who I consider to be a trusted and valued resource in my amazing profession.

But… there’s also this..

[Sorry Beth, I had to]

Here are the rules:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you. ✔

2. Post the award image to your page. ✔

3. Share 7 facts about yourself. ✔

4.  Finally, nominate 15 other blogs and inform them about it. ✔

Without further adieu, 7 facts about me (that you may not know):

  1. I was born in a blizzard on the Ides of March
  2. I was engaged once (almost twice) before I met and married my beautiful wife
  3. In high school I had numerous “nick names”. So many, that my girlfriend at the time listed all of them on a piece of paper. I lost count after 15.
  4. I sprained my ankle so severely in high school that the doctor told me, “You’re gonna wish you broke that thing”.
  5. I’m a closet hoarder. I have a difficult time throwing things away.
  6. I don’t attend funerals.
  7. I’m a firm believer in the ‘No Asshole Rule’

15 other blogs… whew.. this will be a toughie. Due to time constraints I’m just going to list their websites:


Whew… I honestly had to go searching a bit to squeeze out 15. That’s saying something for me. Apparently I need to up my blog reading game. Anyone have any good Nurse blogs they could suggest?

Thanks again Beth! This was fun.

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Drop it like it’s hot? WIPE it like it’s hot…?

And now for something completely different. For you’re viewing pleasure.

You’re welcome.

Heh heh




Shift work sleep disorder? …. Delirium?


It’s no secret. I don’t do very well working nights. I’m currently toughing it out after a twilight shift… and I had a thought.

… (yes.. I have them once in a while)

Shift work takes a toll on the body. It can cause some pretty significant disturbances in your every day life.

You body’s circadian rhythm is thrown off kilter and you don’t know if you’re coming or going.

Shift work sleep disorder:

  • Excessive sleepiness when you need to be awake, alert, and productive
  • Insomnia, or the inability to sleep when you need to. This can mean trouble falling asleep, or waking up before you’ve slept sufficiently.
  • Sleep that feels unrefreshing or insufficient
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of energy
  • Irritability or depression
  • Difficulty with personal relationships

Now, remember, I work in the ICU. We see and treat acute delirium quite often. It’s one of the driving reasons for discharge as soon as possible.

While in the ICU, there is no differentiation between night and day. 3am workflow functions almost the same as 3pm workflow in the ICU. We operate in a 24 hour time schedule because of how sick patients can be. Couple that with rooms without windows and you can imagine how easily a patient can succumb to Delirium.


  • An inability to stay focused on a topic or to switch topics
  • Getting stuck on an idea rather than responding to questions or conversation
  • Being easily distracted by unimportant things
  • Being withdrawn, with little or no activity or little response to the environment
  • Poor memory, particularly of recent events
  • Disorientation, for example, not knowing where you are or who you are
  • Difficulty speaking or recalling words
  • Rambling or nonsense speech
  • Trouble understanding speech
  • Difficulty reading or writing
  • Seeing things that don’t exist (hallucinations)
  • Restlessness, agitation or combative behavior
  • Calling out, moaning or making other sounds
  • Being quiet and withdrawn — especially in older adults
  • Slowed movement or lethargy
  • Disturbed sleep habits
  • Reversal of night-day sleep-wake cycle

Uhh… did you see what I did there?

Things that make you go hmmmm….




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Change of Shift (blog carnival) | Volume 6 Episode 2 October 2015


Welcome to the Change of Shift (blog carnival). For those of you who aren’t familiar with what the Change of Shift is (or was) or are not familiar with a  Blog Carnival please check out the following link:

The (revived) Change of Shift: Nursing blog carnival

The reborn Change of Shift includes posts beyond just the blog article. Find a comfy seat, put on your reading glasses and sit back and relax. Welcome to the Change of Shift V6 E2.


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Nurse Practitioners are Not Mid-level Providers
Dr. Melissa DeCapua, DNP, PMHNP gives a great discussion on a subject near and dear to my heart. Don’t know how to address us?

I would suggest using “nurse practitioner.” Your next best bet would be, “highly-educated professional providing expert medical care to diverse populations with a steadfast belief in the value of health promotion and patient-centered care.”

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Dr. Rachel Silva, NP discusses the topic of bullying, but then delves into the types of bullies, the different types of bullying and of  course strategies to help cope with bullying.


Dealing with difficult nurses during clinical

We actually have a second blog submission on the topic of lateral violence (bullying). Megan takes a little bit of a different approach. Not everything is as it seems sometimes.

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Advice To Physicians: Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There

While this post is geared towards physicians, Dr. Val Jones speaks volumes to Nurses as well. Sometimes being present is the most effective  treatment tool we possess.

I just stood next to him in the moment.

And sometimes, that’s what a doctor is supposed to do.

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10 Reasons To Use Blab.IM

Switching gears a bit, we have Drew Griffin talking a bit about, the new video chat platform that I’ve blogged about previously. He gives a long list of reasons why we all should be using Blab.

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Ring-Ring! “Hello?”- Nursing is calling

Florence is dead does it again. Blogging about a hot topic that may or may not agree with you. Is the profession of Nursing really a ‘calling’?

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The Afterlife of Trauma, Near and Far

Julianna Paradisi who blogs for the AJN talks about the stresses we all have to endure (to some degree) every year on September 11th. Sometimes the smallest of gestures give us inspiration

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In praise of the pre-filled syringe.

Ian hits home on this latest post. For the seasoned nurse like myself, I miss the ‘carbi-jet’. He discusses a study on how pre-filled syringes reduces time it takes to administer the medication – which in times of emergency when seconds matter can be very important. Yes, Ian I agree. Bring back the carbi-jet (he refers to them as mini-jets).

There were a lot of posts addressing ‘The Stethoscope Incident’ this past month, which was a great show of support for our profession:

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Suzanne Gordon, a journalist and author writes a short but effective post titled Short Post on Just Words
She hits the nail on the head here on just how influential our profession truly is.

Nurses should never doubt the power of their words and actions.  The commitment of nurses like those at #nursesunite to respond to these negative comments with their own words has resulted in the loss of two advertisers to The View. (now more than 9)

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Kateri takes a passionate but poignant perspective at the infamous miss-step. And re-iterates how our voices will be heard.

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Laura over at ‘Adventures in Juggling’ also dedicated a couple blog posts to the ‘event’. She actually was interviewed on a local TV station!

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Brie Gowen gives her definition of ‘Just a Nurse’

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Our good friend Keith, over at Digital Doorway weighs in as well:

“The View” and Joy Behar Expose Ubiquitous Myths About Nursing

Can’t leave out Florence is Dead and her thoughts on this topic:

What’s she doing with that “doctor’s stethoscope”?

After all the discussions about defending our profession, here is a great reminder of why we do what we do. Thanks to Nurselabs for sharing this one:

Watch This NICU Nurse in a Tearful Reunion With Babies She Saved

Finally lets round out the post with a little bit of comic-relief.

From our good friend #whatshouldwecallnursing:





Here’s another one from Brie, pokin’ some fun:

20 Things Nurses Hate to Hear

“You’re patient is a bit confused.”

Emoticons are taking over all aspects of our lives…

Orthopaedics to begin to use emojis in progress notes

emoji for orthopedic surgeons

Well, that’s all she wrote gang!

As a reminder: Submit all posts to:

I’ll be posting this blog carnival here as well as over at my new website The Change of Shift. I’ll probably post it in both places for the next couple months until everything is up and running with my new website before this blog carnival finds its new home over there.

Until next month… have fun out there!


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Closing time….


79HAll good things must come to an end… no matter how short their stay may be. Now, relax my great readers. This blog is not going away. I’m talking about the multiple social media identities and ventures that I have. More specifically my recent creation of The Nurse Niche Podcast and The Sean Dent Show on YouTube.

Sidebar: every time I hear the words ‘closing time’.. I think of this song. I grew up in the 90’s:


–Sorry.. I digress–

Both were great ideas. Both were an extension of me and my vision. But recently I had a stroke of luck and epiphany with the creation of The Change of Shift website and my newfound passion of Podcasting.

I can’t be everywhere doing everything. I need to focus, sharpen my voice out there and funnel my efforts. That destination is The Change of Shift. In order to get my message out there effectively I need to have it coming from one hub.

So I just recorded my last episode for The Nurse Niche Podcast. It has officially been retired.

As for The Sean Dent Show, I have a few videos recorded, I just have to decide on what to do with them. I may upload them to The Change of Shift, who knows.

It’s been a great journey thus far. I’ve hit a few bumps along the way. But, ten years into this and I have re-discovered my passion for sharing my knowledge about my wonderful Nursing profession.

I hope you’ll join me.


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