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Change of Shift Vol 3, Number Four

And it’s that time again, folks!

Welcome to Change of Shift!

Many thanks to those who volunteered to host CoS - there are still dates available, but they are filling up fast, so if you would like to host, check out the dates and drop me line.

Are you Twittering? Beth at Pixel RN has a great list of nurses on Twitter, so if you are looking for colleagues on the service, check out her list. I’m there under….wait for it…Emergiblog!


Suzanne at :: adventures in daily living :: starts us off with a very comprehensive post on How to Help a Family With a Medical Emergency That Lands Them in I.C.U. There are things here I never even thought of, and I’ve done the ICU vigil more times than I care to think about!

A big Change of Shift welcome to Denice, a self-described “reluctant” nurse manager who gets “the call” at a very inconvenient time in They came. They saw. They accredited! posted in her blog, Oh to be a Nurse Manager…. It’s great to see the view from the manager’s side of the aisle!

While you are admiring the new digs over at Nurse Ratched’s Place, check out the response to the Joint Commission at the Greatest Hospital in the World in JCAHO Reddiness Swat Team. She’s not kidding.


Oh geeze, just when you think you’ve heard everything…Janet at PixelOne,PurlTwo sends a story about a class on communication she was required to attend, entitled Nurses as Children. You have to read this. And then reach for the Tums. You’ll need them. I did.

Keith at Digital Doorway presents his third installment of his ValueCare, ValueNurses blogging scholarship series with a look at The Aging World. As I’m smack in the middle of the Boomer generation, so I’m not sure whether I’m depressed over the potential for economic hardship or the fact that Keith is younger than me! Over at NurseLinkUp, Keith discusses new legislation regarding nursing practice in Ohio Nurses Allowed to Administer Botox. Look for NurseLinkUp to host Change of Shift in the upcoming months!

I bet we all have some great stories about practical jokes at work. Nurse Kathy at NurseConnect tells us a few gems as she discusses the reason we should Lighten Up.


Has nursing changed you? How are you seen by friends and family now that you are a nurse? Nurse Laura, also from NurseConnect, ponders these questions in Have You Changed Since Becoming a Nurse? (In answer to one of her questions, I “veg” out so much on my days off, I’m growing roots!)

ERMurse has been to some meetings and he shares his version of the proceedings in Annoying Consultant Speak posted at ER Murse. Been there, heard that! What a pain.

NurseConnect continues their guest blogger series with Karen Siroky, a nurse and director of She shares her views on the nursing shortage and encourages all RNs out there to take some creative steps to do their part to help She details some of these steps in Pay It Forward.


Beka over at Medscape Nurses wonders just how much technology is enough in How High Tech Must We Go in ICU Today? She links to an article about an almost unbelievable ICU!

Alvaro at SharpBrains weighs in with a post on Neurogenesis and Brain Plasticity in Adult Brains. It seems you are never to old to learn and the act of learning is healthy for your brain (and your patients’ brains!)

You can find Heather Johnson in many places on the web, but this time she comes to us from with a quick look at Loan Tips for the New Grad. In the same vein, Sarah Scrafford offers guidance in Understanding Your U.S. Federal Financial Aid Options: Perkins and Stafford which can be found at Online I present these for our new grad colleagues and those about ready to embark on their nursing education (including my daughter!)

This looks intriguing! Sally Thompson presents 100 Open Courseware Collections in Health and Medicine over at Nursing Colleges & Training Schools.


Thanks for reading this edition of Change of Shift. The September 4th edition will be hosted at Nurse Ratched’s Place. You can submit via the Blog Carnival button or send your submissions to “motherjonesrn at yahoo dot com”.

See you then!

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