The Change of Shift (blog carnival) | Volume 7 Episode 1 January 2016

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Welcome to the Change of Shift (blog carnival). The first edition of 2016!

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 V7 E1.

Stop. Look. Go.

Ian over at The Nurse Path offers a poignant message concerning how a Nurse might approach the New Year. Do you want to be a better Nurse?

Nursing Rivalry: It Needs To Stop

A great thought provoking post from thatnursingchick. The lateral violence in our profession continues.

Sometimes I feel like there is a lot of title boasting that goes on in nursing. I think that nurses need to get rid of that attitude to provide the best patient care possible. Who cares if you’re a LPN or RN?

Active Shooter Training & Nurses

Patti Turner discusses a very sensitive subject that has been in the news more times than I care to count. When I first read her post I didn’t get the connection as to why Nurses need to  be concerned. Then I read the recommendation from the FBI of “Run. Hide. Fight”:

  • Do not stop to help an injured coworker or friend.
  • Leave the patients behind. Every man for himself.

If you were a Nurse in an active shooter situation, what would you do? Would you “Run. Hide. Fight”?

Gender Disparity in Nursing Part I

Our good friend Beth shares some views on gender disparity in Nursing. A conversation that we had on The Change of Shift Podcast recently. Do men get paid more than women in Nursing?

When Your Patient Starts Crying

Kati, a.k.a. nurseeyeroll, give some needed advice to nurses on how to provide emotional support when your patient cries. Yet another one of those skills they DO NOT teach you in nursing school.

Doctors: It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It

Dr. Val Jones echoes the importance of emotional support by explaining it’s more important how you say something than what you actually say.

How to Stop Being a BAD Test Taker in Nursing School

Anyone suffer from test anxiety?? Well Jon gives you 10 tips to help you squash that problem. Good stuff for any Nursing student over on his website, check him out.

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 128
OK, just how much blood has to collect in your stomach to cause melanotic stools? I mean who doesn’t love to talk about GI bleeds?

ER Elf 2015
Everyone know about the Elf on the shelf craze during the holidays (if not, ask anyone with young children)? Well Craig shares the adult ER version.. funny stuff. Oh, by the way Craig and I notoriously disagree on most topics we discuss on Twitter.. except for this one time. Not to mention he was a guest on my Podcast recently.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Sepsis
ZDoggMD is at it again.


Three Things We Can Learn From Steve Harvey
Everyone heard about the Steve Harvey oopsie during the Miss Universe Pageant?

Brei brings to light 3 important worthy elements everyone should take away from this incident, but more specifically Steve’s actions. I applauded him for being genuine and owning it.

The Top 5 Things They Don’t Teach You
Nurse Jennie gives us 5 more things they didn’t teach you in Nursing school (I know this list keeps growing).



I’m being a tad selfish with this last post for this month’s edition. Check it out.

My 3 words for 2016

I had to share my thoughts on a better version of the traditional New Year’s resolution. What would be your 3 words?

Let’s finish off the edition with some ‘grams:

But did you die? #nurse_life_ #nurseproblems #nurselife

A post shared by Nurse Life (@nurse_life_) on


Another blog carnival comes to a close my friends.

As a reminder: Submit all posts to:

Have a safe and happy New Year. Until next month… have fun out there!


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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Change of Shift |Volume 6 Edition 1

placeit(1)Welcome to the first edition of the ‘reborn’ 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 newly reborn Change of Shift will also include 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 V1 E1.

I’m doing these in completely random order. I found most of these blogs as a stumbled upon them in my social media travels.


When the SHIfT hits the fan


Brought to you by Ian Miller a fellow old-dog Nurse blogger of many years over at The Nurse Path. He talks about ‘that’ shift we have all had, but throws a twist. He’s giving you suggestions on how to get through them productively. Do you have your ‘superhero’ pose?


Nurse Mentoring Adds Value to Leadership Programs

The Nursing Show

From long time nurse Podcasting legend Jamie Davis. He discusses the concept of building leadership skills within our profession as well as sharpening the nurse mentor role to help thwart the unending nurse bullying that unfortunately is still present in our profession. He echoes my sentiments of building each other up instead of breaking each other down. Kudos Jamie!

A second blog post from Jamie:

Nurse Practitioner State Practice Barriers Coming Down

You know I had to include this one! A brief post of the state of affairs concerning the legislative efforts of lobbying for Nurse Practitioner full practice authority. Worth the read.


Measuring a Nurse’s Career Through BLS

From the infamous Nurse Blogger Julianna Paradisi who posts a blog over at AJN Off the Charts blog. From the new nurse to the seasoned nurse it’s a skill we continue to re-master over and over again. You’ll never view your BLS certification or recertification the same.


10 Reasons Why Being a Nurse is Not Easy


Over at Nurselabs Jeini Relova blogs reaffirms that not everyone can do our job. The human condition and the end of life is not something everyone can handle with poise and altruism.


My First Clinical Day

Mighty Nurse Megan

Mighty Nurse Megan (by the way, love that moniker) talks about her first Clinical day. Who remembers that? Regardless of how long ago that day existed in your career, we all remember it well. The good and the bad. Things move pretty fast in the world of Nursing, we all find that out one way or another.


Ain’t the Way to Die

If you’ve seen anything that Dr. Zubin Damania (ZDoggMD) has done on the internet, it’s always a golden ticket. This particular post hit home for me, working in the ICU I deal with End of Life decisions on almost a daily basis. His post and emotionally charged video says things that we as healthcare professionals have been thinking and feeling for years, but puts it in ‘cool’ terms so that everyone can relate.


When the nurse says …..

This satirical blog is choc-full of laughs. This blog posts talks about what the nurse says. What the nurse says ≠ what the nurse means ≠ what the patient hears. Down right hilarious. Don’t miss out on the other blog posts in this series:


Nurse on Overdrive

The Nurse Keith Show

Another old-dog Nurse Blogger (yes, I’m an old-dog Nurse Blogger), Keith Carlson talks about something near and dear to my heart – self care. Nurses do a great job at fixing other people and other things, but we’re horrible at tending to ourselves.


How to Get the Most Out of Your Nursing Orientation


Over at Becoming a Nurse, Amy gives six great tips for that horrid transition from the nursing school student, to new-nursing-grad-soon-to-be-RN. The jump over this proverbial line is a tough one. (Hint – time management is important)


Jeniffer’s Terminal Condition

Nurse Beth

From my fellow seasoned Nurse Blogger Beth Hawkes over at NurseCode. I’m not going to spoil this one. You need to read the blog post, it’s not what you think. Not at all. It surprised me in such a delightful way. Seeing as I’m suffering from this same condition. Kudos Beth.


The obligatory non-traditional blog submission from our friends over at the Tumblr blog #whatshouldwecallnursing :

When I come into work and see the crash cart outside my patient’s room.

Just go see it for yourself. This blog is always good for a chuckle.


Lastly, I blog post that has received quite a bit of buzz:

The Diet Coke incident- A mass exodus of bedside nurses.

Have you ever had a family member place a food ‘order’ with you, their family member’s nurse? As if they were not at a hospital, but at a restaurant? Ever question how appropriate this behavior is or is not? Well the nurse behind the blog named: Florence is dead. It’s time for a new nursing paradigm has decided to throw some kindle into this low burning fire. It’s been quite the talk of the town, so much that she had to write a follow up post. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one!

Post-script to ‘the Diet Coke Incident’:


Well, that’s all she wrote gang! As of the late afternoon of August 31st the Change of Shift V1 E1 is in the books. If there are any last-minute submissions I’ll be glad to add them in during the next couple of days.

As a reminder: Submit all posts to my podcast email address:

Until next month… have fun out there!


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Change of Shift |Volume 6 Edition 1 originally posted on My Strong Medicine