Welcome to pulp fiction week at Change of Shift. I want to thank Kim from Emergiblog for allowing me to serve as host. You may think that Dr. Duane is obsessed with his nurse, but I think the good doctor is obsessed with blogging. He’s just leaning into his nurse so he can tell her about his latest post. Or not. Everyone has an obsession. If you’re familiar with Emergiblog, you know that Kim is obsessed with Star Bucks coffee, rock and roll music, and giving excellent patient care. Check out Kim’s call to arms. She’s mad as heck, and she wants nurses to start taking back the nursing profession.
And speaking of food, Sandy from Junk Food Science wants you to know that not all junk food is the same. According to Sandy, some of it is bad for the intellectual mind. Sandy wants nurses to keep their critical thinking nursing caps on when reading online nursing journals and while pursuing CE opportunities.
Locolorenzo from The Loco Days of Locolorenzo has his hopes and dreams, too. He hopes that he will have more days when he’s “that nurse.” He had a very good day, and I know that he will have a lot more good days during his nursing career.
Student Nurse Nancy from Stethoscopes and Diapers dreams about the day when she can put on her nursing uniform and not feel like an idiot. Read her post about what it’s like to be a student nurse. Don’t worry Nancy, we all go through that awkward period during our nursing career. Trust me, you’re not an idiot.
“You don’t belong in a hospital! If you were honest you’d operate a beauty parlor!”
Holy cow! I wonder if she was having PMS, or if she caught Dr. Michelson in the linen room with another nurse. Of course these two kissed and made up just in the nick of time in order to save a young girl’s life. Emergency rooms are places of real life drama, and of life and death stories. Unfortunately, unlike romance novels, not all emergency room stories have happy endings. Please read Disappearing John’s story about losing a regular patient in the emergency room.
Here’s another post about a patient in the emergency room. Braden, from 20 Out of 10, An Emergency Room Blog sent in this post about a patient who had altered thought processes….among other things. Darn fungal infections!
The upcoming presidential election is certainly getting intriguing. I wonder what Amy would think about Sarah Palin, John McCain’s choice for vice president. Everyone has an opinion. Lofty Zahari from M.D.O.D. asked his wife if Sarah can come live with them. He said that he’s in love with Sarah Palin. I wonder if that came up in the conversation with his wife. Drug Monkey from Your Pharmacist May Hate You also has plenty to say about Governor Palin. He said that she’s no Hillary. That can be a good or bad thing depending on what side of the political fence your standing on. The Curmudgeon from Second Effort weighs in on Palin’s executive experience.
“I’m a nurse, not a woman,” said Kristine. “I’ve resolved never to marry, and never to have a child. I’m a good nurse—I’ll stay one. I’m not going to be a woman.”
Like I said, Kristine is confused. Beth from Pixel RN has her own ideas about what it takes to be a nurse. Poor Kristine. I hope she learns that being a good nurse has nothing to do with being married with children.
Max E Nurse from It Shouldn’t Happen in Health Care believes that being a good nurse has nothing to do with traffic lights. Read his post and find out why he’s not a big fan of colored lights. By the way, Max, congratulations on your 80th post.
The life of a nurse is not an easy one, but Nurse Susan Trent enjoyed every minute of her work, even those times of tragedy when unavoidable accidents brought disaster, bloodshed and suffering. She found it absorbing because she shared in the difficulties and problems of all those whose lives and health she guarded. But Susan had not expected to be involved so deeply that the problems of others would affect her own secure existence, nor that the sinister and deadly happenings in the busy shops and factories would culminate in her own quiet office.
Nurse Susan looks very professional in her crisp white uniform even as her life is being threatened. She is the image of nursing perfection. Nurse Laura from Nurse Connect wants to help you scrub your weary image. Check out her post, so you, too, can have a more professional look just like Nurse Susan. Also read Nurse Kathy’s post about how to avoid mistakes when giving feedback to nursing peers. Nurse Kathy is also from Nurse Connect, and her pointers will help you express yourself without hurting someone’s feelings. I wonder if gunman got pissed off because Susan gave him negative feedback. Take it from a psych nurse. You have to be careful about how you approach some people.
Nurse Susan may start thinking about getting out of nursing when her shift is over. Read Heather Johnson’s post about the pros and cons of a Nursing Career. Heather is a contributing writer at NursingJobs.org.
Susan looks like she’s under a lot of stress, and as we all know, that can lead to a backache. Dean Moyer of The Back Pain Blog offers some tips for avoiding back trouble in Prevent Back Pain with an Ergonomic Workstation.
Thank you for dropping by Change of Shift. The next CoS will be hosted by Emily from Crzegrl, Flight Nurse on September 18th. I’ll see you there!