Calling all Nurses! Calling all Nurse Bloggers!!! #thechangeofshift

 

Do you know any Nurse Bloggers out there? Any great blog posts? Do they share great content?

How about new Nurse Bloggers out there looking to get their voice heard?

How about just content you think other Nurses out there on the internets needs to read? Instagram? Vine? Submit it!!!

Send in your last minute submissions for the 1st Edition of the newly revived ‘The Change of Shift’ blog carnival! I’ll release it the first week of September!!!

Submit all posts to my podcast email address: thenurseniche@gmail.com

Looking forward to how this will grow.

Just in case you don’t know what I’m talking about:

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The (revived) Change of Shift: Nursing blog carnival:

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The (revived) Change of Shift: Nursing blog carnival

placeit(1)So, a blog carnival for nurses. “What’s a blog carnival?” Never heard of one ehh? Well here’s the skinny:

Blog Carnival: A blog (post)article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m reviving a retired blog carnival, Change of Shift.

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It was hosted by a wonderful blogger named Kim on her now retired blog, Emergiblog.

Here was the original post and mission statement of the Change of Shift: (taken from her blog)

“Change of Shift” is intended to be a blog about nurses and for nurses, but all are welcome to submit! This includes nursing students of all ages and in all stages of their programs!

Are you a doctor or a medical student with a funny nurse story, some constructive criticism or advice on how to interact with physicians? Submit your story!

Are you a patient with an anecdote about your experience with nursing or nurses? Share them with us!

The rules are simple:

  • All submissions will be posted, including rants and criticism. We’re nurses, we can take it. Passionate, but polite is the way to go!
  • If you post to Grand Rounds that week, the submission to Change of Shift must be a different post.
  • Keep the nursing perspective at Grand Rounds strong, in fact, make it stronger if you can by submitting each week.
  • All known HIPAA privacy rules apply.
  • If you are blogging about your own experience as a patient, make sure your story does not reveal any information about other patients you came into contact with during your stay/visit/experience.
  • If you are blogging about a relative, be sure to get their permission to do so, if possible.
  • All submissions must be in by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday before the “carnival” is posted.
  • Be sure to put “Change of Shift” in the subject line so the host doesn’t miss it or if it accidentally gets puts it in the “bulk” folder, the host will find it.
  • Posts containing rude or foul language or inappropriate material for general consumption (you know what I mean) will be purged.
  • No post consisting of “lists” of web sites, books, movies, videos, podcasts, You Tubes, Tweets, blogs, drugs, diseases, or anything else will be included.

Way back in the day (before Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and others), this was THE place to be if you were a Nurse with a blog. It was a great place to meet other nurses, other medical professionals and anyone  else who ‘blogged’ about anything healthcare related. It’s where I forged some friendships that have lasted over the past 8+ years. (which is a millennia in the Social Media world)

The interest in blog carnivals slowly died off as the micro-blog and ‘status update’ took over the Internets. Thus the Change of Shift was retired in September of 2011.

I’m reckonin’ to change that.

4 years to the date of the final edition, The Change of Shift will be reborn, starting September 2015.

It’s going to start small. Just me wranglin’ up the posts and creating the edition. I’m planning on making it a bit more modern. It will include more than just blog posts. I’m looking for video submissions, video blogs, Instagram posts, Vine posts and any other sort of social media content that would be pertinent to the same original theme of all things about Nursing for Nurses.

Here are the new guidelines: (borrowing from the original rules)

  • All submissions will be posted, including rants and criticism. We’re nurses, we can take it. Passionate, but polite is the way to go!
  • If you post to Grand Rounds that week, the submission to Change of Shift must be a different post.
  • Keep the nursing perspective at Grand Rounds strong, in fact, make it stronger if you can by submitting each week.
  • All known HIPAA privacy rules apply.
  • If you are blogging about your own experience as a patient, make sure your story does not reveal any information about other patients you came into contact with during your stay/visit/experience.
  • If you are blogging about a relative, be sure to get their permission to do so, if possible.
  • All submissions must be in by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday before the “carnival” is posted.
  • Be sure to put “Change of Shift” in the subject line so the host  Sean doesn’t miss it or if it accidentally gets puts it in the “bulk” folder, the host will find it.
  • Posts containing rude or foul language or inappropriate material for general consumption (you know what I mean) will be purged.
  • No post consisting of “lists” looking to promote others: web sites, books, movies, videos, podcasts, You Tubes, Tweets, blogs, drugs, diseases, or anything else. It will not be included. (some call this link-baiting)
  • All types of media will be accepted as long as it says within the previous guidelines.
  • Video submissions should be of quality information, not quantity.
  • All submissions must be in by the 20th of each month by 5pm EST.

For now, submit all posts to my podcast email address: thenurseniche@gmail.com

I think  this will be good for all the Nurses and Nurse bloggers out there looking to get their voice heard. Pass this along to any and every nurse that could be interested. In the meantime check out the final edition of the original Change of Shift: Change of Shift – September, 2011

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The 2-year itch in Nursing…

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When do you start to feel like you know what you are doing?…

“Usually around year two”

This is a conversation we’ve all had. I remember hearing this conversation when I was a student. I remember having this conversation as a new nurse. Aaaannndd I remember having this conversation as the seasoned nurse.

The irony is… the statement possesses a fair amount of truth.

At the two year mark your world of nursing goes through this weird paradigm shift. You act differently, you move differently, you think differently…..

You ‘Nurse’ differently…

And well.. you become a different nurse.

Dare I say you HTFU (I’ll let you look this one up).

You grow a thicker set of skin.

You become more confident in your skills, knowledge and abilities.

You question yourself less.

You show up to the fight with brass knuckles instead of kid gloves.

You find your voice.

You stop coddling and start empowering.

You lead instead of follow.

And it doesn’t just happen at the two year mark, it happens gradually. It’s an insidious and strong change that cements into your psyche as a nurse. You’re digging your feet into the sand looking to stake your claim. All while staying humble and centered.

You grow.

The irony? You never even know it happens because you’re too busy doing your job.

Are you curious as to WHEN this happens? This metamorphosis reveals itself the first time you say ‘No’ to a request… and you’re comfortable with answering No. You discover the ‘guilt-free’ version of your nurse-self.

Welcome to the party.

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Travel tip: Wear compression socks… err I mean TED hose

Apparently I piqued a lot of Nurse’s interest today with this Instagram Post:

I’ve been wearing compression socks for a couple years now. I was introduced to them through CrossFit (big surprise). I wore them during workouts, then I started to wear them after workouts (for recovery). I discovered how great they made me feel after a rough workout. After some trial and error, I found wearing them overnight helped me immensely with recovery.

Then I stumbled upon a video of a U.S.A Olympian wearing them during her flights when she traveled. So, I decided to try it, and it was wonderful! I started to wear them no matter how far the distance of my travel. Each time I wore the compression socks, my feet and legs would feel great as opposed to that ‘dead legged’ feeling and of course the dependent edema that would come along with long hours of stationary sitting.

One thing lead to another and I think I might have accidentally wore them one day at work (also due to a rough CrossFit workout). And the results were astonishing at how good I felt after a 10-12+ hour shift of being on my feet. It was like  I had discovered the holy grail, some crazy secret.

Only then did I realize this was no new secret. We nurses knew all along how great compression forces were on our lower limbs…

*LIGHT BULB MOMENT*

Uhm… helloooohh. Can you say TED hose?

Needless to say, it’s no secret. And the benefits of wearing a pair of these babies is endless. So during my road trip this weekend I wore them. And I decided to share my recommendation and my Facebook Fan Page sort of lit-up:

So, here are my suggestions for purchasing some compression gear. Keep in mind, I buy my for dual purposes. Both at work and at the gym.  You can purchase them from virtually anyone on the internet, you only have to do a quick search.

http://www.insolesandbeyond.com/collections/cep-compression

http://www.spunperformance.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=UCSB-0001

http://www.hylete.com/womens/socks.html

http://shop.reebok.com/us/product/men-reebok-crossfit-compression-knee-sock-accessories/DH225

http://store.skins.net/usa/womens-compression/recovery/essentials-compression-socks-recovery

http://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-compression-socks-1

Of note, some of these are $$ pricey. You can find better deals through Amazon, Zappos or even try Ebay. You only limited by the amount of time you put into researching. You can also find some good buys at your local stores, or your local uniform shop. FYI, the socks in the pic are from SKINS.

If you find a good find, be sure to share! Oh, and while you’re at it, go like my Facebook page.. I’d greatly appreciate the love.

https://www.facebook.com/IamSeanDent

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Playing nice in the sandbox…

Well, the jig is up. My Podcast is now public. Let’s see where this goes.

In this episode I talk about team dynamics. “Playing nice in the sandbox” means you don’t have to like one another, but all team members will need to express mutual respect and accept each others contribution to the overall care of the patient.

My next step is figuring out where/when/how to get this Podcast onto iTunes. I just realized I have a couple options on how to publish the RSS feed so I need to figure out what’s the most ideal. I’m a lil nervous to see it on iTunes…. :)

Remember, I’m always interested in hearing your thoughts, leave a comment!

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So… A recurrent thought …

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Ever have an idea in your head that you just can’t let go of? Just won’t leave your brain. Keeps knocking on your subconscious.  Keeps buzzing around your skull like that mosquito in the bedroom.

I’m having one of those ideas. It’s an idea I’ve had for a while. An idea that still seems a bit crazy to me, but I just can’t let go of it.

Stay tuned folks. As if I don’t already have enough on my plate. I think I might be trying something new. (Is that vague enough for ya… don’t ya hate those type of posts?)

Not unless someone can tell me how to get rid of this damn mosquito in my head?

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Nursing school Pre-req’s. Who remembers Microbiology?

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Microbiology. Or ‘Micro’ as we Nurses call(ed) it. I remember it well. 8am every M-W-F. I still remember the auditorium. I still remember the sounds. I remember the sights. I remember my seat. I remember the name of my Professor. And, no, she was not difficult to look at every morning (sshhh, don’t tell my wife – even though she was in the very same class).

The crazy thing? It was over 10 years ago. It was pre-Nursing school. Remember, I attended a diploma program. I took pre-requisite classes at the local college campus, then attended nursing school. Yet, I have such vivid memories.

The paper you see above is an old homework assignment. Yes. we still had paper back then. Yes, I’m showing my age.

I look at this now and chuckle inside. Man, I remember how tough that class was back then.

Who would have ever thought I would be where I am today?

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