Change of Shift: Vol.2, Number Fourteen

January 10th, 2008  |  The Blog

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Welcome to the Nursing Jobs.org edition of Change of Shift, the nursing blog carnival!

It’s the first edition of the new year, so let’s jump right in!

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Sandy Szwarc weighs in this edition (pardon the pun) with two timely posts from Junkfood Science. It’s the new year, and many of us have made a resolution to lose weight. What are the chances for success? In a two part submission, Sandy first looks at Part One: What does the evidence reveal? Can diets work? Get ready for a shock in Part Two. And then take a breath and relax. I did.

Mousie presents a real-life nightmare in A Steep Learning Curve. (Part 1.). This is my biggest fear. I’m still trying to get my pulse back to normal. You’ll find Part One posted at Mousethinks.

Emily gives a wonderful primer for the new nurse blogger in Guide for the New (and old!) Nurse Blogger . I’ve been blogging for 2 1/2 years and I can’t add a thing to this wonderful list of ideas for the new blogger and refresher for us oldies. The advice is posted at NursingBytes.net. Check it out. And if you aren’t already blogging, please consider it – you have much to contribute to the online dialog!

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Oh, this one is a doozy! And if it didn’t come from Mother Jones herself, I’d have never believed it! But it’s true and you can read all about Dirty Talk at Nurse Ratched’s Place. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

Marachne is a palliative/hospice nurse and frequent contributor to the Nursing Voices forum. In her first submission to Change of Shift, she shares with us the feelings of seeing her profession and her activism merge in Intersecting Worlds: Bearing Witness, found on her wonderful blog, A Window For Your Home.

Alvaro Fernandez is a frequent contributor to Change of Shift and this week he presents an interesting look at Brain Evolution and Why it is Meaningful Today to Improve Our Brain Health via an article by Larry McCleary, M.D, former acting Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Denver Children’s Hospital, posted at SharpBrains. Find out how diet and exercise can keep our brains functioning at maximum capacity.

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Well I have to catch up with my fellow nurse bloggers! Beth over at Pixel RN has a new look and a beautiful story of being in the right place at the right time to bring encouragement to her patient. You can read about it in Healing a Different Kind of Pain. Great story! Beth was also a web designer in a former life and has some suggestions for would-be nurse bloggers in Design Resources for the Nurse Blogger.

Nurse Sean has made a New Year’s Resolution to keep an eye out for the “big picture” where his patients are concerned. Check out his Nursing New Year’s Resolution. How do you keep on top of things?

Ever dealt with low morale at work? Disappearing John is doing just that and has figured out why in Something Went “Click”. Management by memo, sign and email? I most definitely can relate…

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Another first time Change of Shift blogger! Katie Bee at Young and Restless Nurse wants to know what you think about labor unions and their impact on your practice. She mentions a CNA/NNOC ad campaign referencing “CheneyCare”, a campaign which ticked me off big time! So, join me in reading MAD Money and let Katie know what you think!

Over at Medscape, Beka made it home for the holidays – in her case celebrated in the Swedish tradition – but still wondered about her patients back home. Her Holiday Memories sound wonderful. I’d go for making an ice rink in the backyard! All we have is mud! Her blog can be found at Medscape’s In Our Own Words.

Vreni Gurd is not a nurse, but she presents a rather entertaining look at Hospital food – an Opportunity Waiting? posted at Wellness Tips. If I’m ever in the hospital, she can cook for me!

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Just for fun, I pulled an old post from the Emergiblog archives, specifically January of 2007. My submission this week discussess what to do when the burn out has hit and it’s time to move on in If You Don’t Have the Answer, Why You Still Standin’ Here?

The next edition of Change of Shift will be up on January 24th and hosted by Beth at Pixel RN. Submissions may be sent to Blog Carnival or to beth at pixelrn dot com.

Thanks so much for reading and for your continued support of Change of Shift!

Kim McAllister, RN
About Kim McAllister, RN
After 29 years as an RN, I decided I needed a change. So, I decided to keep working as an RN and blog now and then at emergiblog.com. Two years later, I'm blogging full time and actually went back to school for my BSN. I'm based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. After stints in Coronary Care, Intensive Care, Telemetry, Telephone Advice and Psychiatry, I found my niche in emergency nursing and have spent the last 16 years in that specialty. That's where I am today — full time blogger, emergency nurse and now columnist for Nursing Jobs.org!

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