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)

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 2.42.13 PMAn Open Letter to Joy Behar

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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