Emily Bennett, Adventurer

How to Host a Blog Carnival part Two, Change of Shift Volume Three No. 14

January 10th, 2009

As I sat down to lay out this edition of Change of Shift, I realized how many first timers took the plunge and decided to submit blog posts. That in itself is very exciting. A few I corresponded with, giving words of encouragement and even went out and got a video blog post from another blogger who didn’t originally intend on submitting.

All in all I have 23 entries. That is right.



And I do video.

So as the hours ticked by, and I got a few last minute entries I realized something important.

I have no theme. No kitschy idea for the video. No “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” to celebrate. No video from Barcelona with Zippy. No helicopter to film from.

Just me.

In my house.

It was during a conversation with TJ that I realized my adventure in creating the edition was story enough in itself.

So, without delaying this edition any further (because it wouldn’t be a CoS edition hosted here if it wasn’t late!) . . .

——————And for the unfancified text version of CoS!——————

Out with 2008 In With 2009!

Alvaro Fernandez, one of our most consistent contributors, begins this edition off with “Brain Fitness Update 2008” a recap (pun intended) of the best of the blog Sharp Brains. Over at Digital Doorway, Keith transitions our theme over in “Welcoming 2009 with Compassion” a great look at the new year through the eyes of hope.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Over at the Nurse Practitioner’s Place, Nurse Practitioner’s Save Lives gives us her resolutions in numbered order! What a brave soul! Kathy at Nurse Connect is here to help us all make sure we are successful in her post “A New Year’s Resolution.” Also at Nurse Connect, Laura talks about personal professional evaluation and growth in her post “Change May be Closer Than You think.”
Laura—good luck in your new ICU position!

General Health and Wellness

Is losing weight on your list for the new year? The blog Losing Weight Feels Great has just the post for you: “Simplicity for Weight Loss Success.”

My favorite blog graphic (other than StrongOne’s abs) is the header of the blog My Caffeine Addiction. As I drink too much of the stuff, the post “Top 10 Coffee Alternatives Avoid the Negative Effects of Caffeine” by the blogger Coffee Addict, was especially interesting.
As some of you heard my whining concern about my neck and back recently being adjusted, you better believe I read Dean’s post “Neck Pain and the Cold” with great interest from his site The Back Pain Blog.

There were two entries from the site Fast Medical Info for this edition. The first post, “Allergy to Latex” is a great review. From an entirely different wave, they also submitted the post, “Still a Difference in Gender Accomplishment – Surprised? Why?” I would love to see the citations for their statistics as I bet the sources would make this topic even more interesting.

Newbie Submitters!

I was so excited to see this many new blogger submitting posts for this edition!
NitWitMama is plugging away at nursing school and going though what most of us can relate to. Gotta tell ya, her post from the blog also titled Nitwitmama, “Whew Halfway Point” brought back some VIVID memories to this nurse!

Ross is also a long time reader, first time submitter. I am even more excited because he is representing internationally from his blog Nurse in Australia. In his post “Public Perceptions of Nursing” he tackles the basics of how we are viewed after an interaction with a taxi driver.

Another international blog I would highly suggest you bookmark is Nursing Ideas. After some Twitter discussion I convinced Robert to submit to Change of Shift and am grateful he did. Check out his entire site after you check his video “Are you Culturally Competent?

Trauma Junkie, or TJ as Dr. A and I have dubbed him on seperate occasions, gives us a view of a code from a respiratory therapist/CNA in his post “A Tale of Respiratory Arrest at Change of Shift.” I will be watching his blog Surviving RT School with great interest as he is taking the blogosphere by storm [see below].

Although not necessarily a newbie, Karin’s post from her site Nurse’s Life Blog fits well after TJ’s as she to talks about a code in her post “The Absent Nurse.”

***Whew! Over Half Done!***

Advice and Reference

Strong One, over at My Strong Medicine wrote a great post titled, “Be a Preceptee with Patience.” This is a great read for both the new nurse and the experienced one as well.
Are you looking for a great anatomy reference list? Laura at Geriatric Nursing Certification wrote “101 Free, Useful, and Striking Sites to Learn About Human Anatomy.”

How about making a career change in 2009? Amanda at Travel Nursing Blog submitted the “Top 10 Reasons to be a Travel Nurse.” As I stare out the window and see nothing but white, this is more and more tempting!

The Un-Category

As I am not quite sure where else to put this post, it is going to get its own heading. Being a pre-hospital provider at heart, I found “Sliding Scale Ambulance Service–Making a Difference” an amazing read over at the blog Pharmacy Technician Certification.

The Kleenex Post

As with every good edition of Change of Shift, there is one post that gets ya where it counts. PaedsRN nailed the topic of child abuse in his post “Christmas” on his blog Cricoid Pressure.

My Favorite Post

This title goes to Braden and post “The Best Nurse I’ve Ever Had” at his blog 20 out of 10. I am so glad you decided to submit this Braden! So many time we see nurses who become hardened and jaded. Some of the best advice I ever received: “Emily, it costs you nothing to be nice, but it will cost you every thing if you are not.” We as health care providers would do well to live by that.

The Dr. Anonymous Caller Post

Every time I have had the honor of hosting, I have recieved one or two strange submissions. You know, kind of like the strange caller from Dr. A’s last BlogTalkRadio broadcast. This edition it was “Holmes Humidifier Reviews” from the blog Humidifier Review. Ironically, I woke up this morning with a headache . . . because my house was in need of a humidifier.

Closing Notes

Before I close out this edition of CoS, I have one last link I want to share with you. Trauma Junkie, a Respiratory Therapy student, has gone all out in doing the ground work for a new RT blog carnival called A Source Of Inspiration. I wanted to take the time to welcome this new edition to the medical blogosphere!

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Good luck TJ!

As always, my thanks to Kim at emergiblog for giving me the opportunity to host this edition of Change of Shift!

Please check out emergiblog for the next host!

Change of Shift: Volume 3, Number 10

November 13th, 2008

Welcome to Change of Shift Vol. 3, No. 10. I have the honor and privilege to be co-hosting this edition with his excellence Zippy the Lobster!

For those of you unaware of Zippy’s adventures in his quest to raise money for Children’s Brain Cancer research, check him out at

Zippy enjoying the fall colors
from the nurse’s window

Although Zippy and I have been super busy with all of our craziness over the past few weeks, we were looking forward to doing this video edition of CoC. As always, the entries were fantastic and although we tried, the video never does them justice.

———–As with my previous video editions, here is a summary of the entries old style———–

Jen (leading the way as promised!) over at The Nurse Practitioner’s Place gives us a frustrating but realistic look at the issues we face when continuity of care is broken down between a hospital admission and the out patient office in “A Brutal Comedy of Errors.” Think of the increased quality of care we could give nationally if we could solve this one problem.

Wanderer, from his blog Lost on the Floor submitted my favorite post for this edition: “It Was Only a Dream.” I wasn’t kidding about that Haldol Lozenge Blow Gun. Seriously. 😉

Memoir of a Schizo submitted two must read entries titled “Signs of Postoperative Complications” and “The Necessity of Triage.”

In “Is Hunting for Spiders Part of Your Duties,” Karin at Nurse’s Life Blog, gets props for this week’s quote—-

Sometimes we have to go and hunt for spiders.

I wish I would have read Patrick’s entry a bit sooner as the 9 hour TransAtlantic flight was looooooong. I could have easily applied his ideas from “Caristhenics: Exercises to Do While Traveling by Car” posted at his blog

The bloggers over at NurseConnect have been busy. Nurse Laura wrote a great entry titled “So Many Goodbyes” and every time I am at the hospital I will think of Kathy’s entry “Elevator Etiquette.”

Over at The Back Pain Blog, Dean gives us the low down on why “Back Pain is Not About Strength.”


There, I said it three times fast. But what is Neuroplasticity? Laurie Bartels over at SharpBrains wrote a book review titled “Neuroplasticity and the Brain That Changes Itself.” Bet you didn’t think I could work that in 2 more times, did ya?

The wooHoo award goes out to Miss-Elaine-Ious at Miss-Elaine-Ious, RN for her catch of a STEMI on a patient that was, quite literally, dying in front of her. Like the big one folks. She was way too modest in her post “Wow.” This is, without a doubt, one of those moments we all got into healthcare for.

A new blogger, to me at least, Voke Emore at his self named blog Emorevoke’s Weblog gave us the larger political picture of our recent presidential election from the continent of Africa in “History in the Making.” He too gets a quote for this edition:

It is up to you to decide how you will handle the defeats of life.

I would also like to point out his entry “Prayer.” I hope to see more of his stuff in the future. hosts, what I believe is a video entry (duh). Unfortunately the Internet here is a bit wonky so someone please give their .02 cents in the comments! The entry is “VideoJug: Life Explained. On Film.”

If you were looking for a new job search resource, check out “The Nurse’s Ultimate Online Job Hunting Toolbox” at

And last, but certainly not least my main squeeze 2beStrong. A man after my own procrastinating heart who squeaked in at the last minute with two entries: “Hi, I’m the Nurse, We’ve Never Met” and “I’m a Passionate Nurse and Passionate About Nursing.”

WHEW! What an edition!

As always, Kim of Emergiblog fame, thanks for letting me host. Next edition is November 27, 2008 – Volume Three – Number Eleven – Guest Host: Rehab RN.

Note: please check out the embedded link for a few entries I initially missed in the video! Video inside a video?  Yeah, Viddler is awesome!

Good night!

“From the Flight Nurse’s Seat” Remembering September 11th

September 11th, 2008

This installment of “From the Flight Nurse’s Seat” is, quite simply, my raw emotional thoughts regarding the anniversary of September 11, 2001. This was done in one shot, taped with the camera balanced on a clipboard. I have on no make-up, am wearing a simple t-shirt and did not worry about lighting. This is about my thoughts, not some “finished product.” This is an uncensored look at another side of me.

What is a Flight Nurse, Exactly? Part II: The Cool Factor, vBlog No. 5

June 11th, 2008

I thought that in Part II of “What is a Flight Nurse, Exactly” the cool factor could only be described in living color.

A Flight Nurse is quite simply, Hope. Hope to patients, families and the communities they serve. They are also part of a crew who’s members are represented by the individuals here.

Flight Aftermath! (mini vlog post)

March 5th, 2008

Wow what a busy day! This video clip, although not part of the official vBlog, gives a good look at what happens after we finish flying.The chaos in the hanger is the result of putting the equipment back in service after two flights. The first was a scene flight and the second was an interfacility flight with an infant which required the isolette. As I am good friends with Murphy, the flights happened almost back to back, so I was stuck with a lot of cleaning after the second one.

On a technical note, the video looks better when smaller. Trying to work bugs out of the video quality/video size.
Mobile post sent by crzegrl using Utterz Replies.

Update: vBlog Change of Shift Vol. 2, No. 17 is up!

February 22nd, 2008

Just wanted to throw this video up here again for a few reasons, mostly because Marky worked so hard on it and I wanted to make sure it got its due. Thanks to the maintenance section at Aero Med for letting us get in the way. And I SWEAR I didn’t touch anything!

“Change of Shift” edition of crzegrl vBlog no. 4

Change of Shift Volume Two, Number Seventeen, Murphy’s Law

February 21st, 2008

You know Murphy’s Law, right? Anything that can go wrong, WILL?

The one day you are late for work, is the day you are one nurse short. You have extra patients, so the 9:00 meds are late from pharmacy. That is when you are told that patient 4 is on-call to the OR, two minutes before transport is there to get them. Then half a second after you realize that patient’s pre-op antibiotics aren’t there yet, your patient number six codes?

Murphy’s Law

Yeah, well, that is what happened yesterday to the very first video edition of Change of Shift. I will spare you the details, and instead, just start apologizing profusely.

I . am . so . sorry . . .

Without further delay, I belatedly bring you Mid-February, 2008’s edition of Change of Shift!

This week we have a “Fix It Yourself” theme. The entries tackled everything from nurse burnout to the environment to health insurance. So, as they say, let’s get it started (finally)!

Fix It

How can we take care of our patients if we don’t first take care of ourselves? Gregory at SharpBrains describes stress in Stress and Neural Wreckage: Part of the Brain Placticity Puzzle. As if they planned it, Mike from Nursing Health and Wellness submitted Techniques of Managing Stress which includes great suggestions for avoiding burnout.

Caroline, a nursing student concerned with the environment, has some great thoughts and suggestions for all of us in Nursing Students: Get Green! on her blog Brain Scramble.

The majority of the contributors dug into even meatier topics. ERMurse submitted a very informative post entitled RME: Rapid Mediocre Evaluation (aka: Rapid Medical Evaluation). ERNursey tackled the endless glut of flow sheets and documentation created in the name of patient safety by the behemoth we all know and love in Hello JCAHO.



Raymond, over at Money Blue Book gives us an insider’s look at getting something more personal fixed—his eyes—in My Experience with Lasik Eye Surgery. Sagar presents solutions to two huge issues on the blog, Live Smarter which is part of the website Online Nursing Degree Directory, in the entries, 10 Ways to Fix Healthcare, and No Health Insurance? 10 Alternative Ways to Get Medical Care.

The “Fix It” theme continues over at Physician Entrepreneur. Dr. DeJesus writes about an initiative which pays primary care physician incentives for improving preventive care and its coordination in Doctors Get Bonuses for Raising the Bar.



NPs Save Lives gets a big HIGH FIVE from this Nurse Practitioner for not allowing a pharmacist to use the excuse, “We always do this though,” in her post Excuse Me?

Sometimes, according to Laura over at Adventures in Juggling, solving problems can be as simple as serenading a drug exposed newborn being weaned off of Morphine with Grammy winning song “Rehab” in her post, Isn’t it Ironic.

Wait, isn’t that a song too???

Two other contributors emailed entries discussing non-medical issues that reach us all. Freddie’s post Can the US Prevent a Starvation Crisis? from the blog with the same name. John at Truthful Lending also gives personal insight in The Biggest Scam Your Bank Gets Away With Every Day.

Mother Jones, who recently gave my nurse’s cap a prestigious 10/10, shares a bit of her bad day that ended well in, The New Job at her blog Nurse Ratched’s Place.

Faith, who writes at The Oracle takes us through something we have all stressed over, hands on testing, in her post Razzle Dazzle.

Wanderer, in What You Don’t Want to See, Part 2, spins a great visual with a case study flavor at his blog Lost on the Floor. His line, “Only thing was, it woke him out of a dead sleep…” was the best of the best.



For the Kleenex section of this edition, I give you two entries. The first from Miss-Elaine-ious over at The Life and Times of a LongTerm Student, in her post Accidental Death. Caring for children is difficult for every one of us.

In the second, Jennifer received gracious permission to repost the entry Definition of a Hero on her blog Days of My Life. Jennifer—thank you so much for passing this on. It was an amazing read.


Thanks to Kim, the creator of Change of Shift for giving me the chance to host this week. She will be hosting the 6 March, 2008 edition of Change of Shift at Emergiblog! Submit your posts through Blog Carnival or to her at: er underscore kim at emergiblog dot com.

Thanks for visiting, and thank you for your patience in the delay of this edition! The video, which I swear we did, will be posted as soon as I take care of my issue with Murphy.

UPDATE: Mark and I worked at this for HOURS and it took until today for Mark (and eventually his lovely wife!) to finally declare victory over Murphy and the tech demons.

I am happy to announce the very first, although belated, video version of Change of Shift! Of note? My Saab, aka: Sylvia is filthy because all washing her would do with the low temps is give her a fresh coat of ice, so back off Kev! Also, Code Blog was mentioned incorrectly as the next host blog. Thanks again Marky!

vBlog no. 3 Take Two

February 15th, 2008

Decided to upload the next vLog via YouTube. Geesh what a pain! Thanks again Mark—my multi-media slave ;).

New vBlog (no. 3) and technical difficulties

February 14th, 2008

Today is the day for technical difficulties. The Dr. Anonymous show was awesome except for the horrible echo.

I also got the next video blog up at Utterz, but won’t embed here.

Phone static issues on Patrick’s cell phone as well.

I am beginning to think I have a horrible electromagnetic field around me.

So, I am going with the old standby:

The link to the new vBlog is here! Hope you enjoy. I am going to bed.


crzegrl’s vBlog entry no. 2!

January 28th, 2008

I’d like to officially thank Mark K., Flight Nurse and tech guru’s for helping me out. It was his first go-round with his editing software and I am giddy with the results. This entry was taped in one take over 15 minutes at shift change. What you are looking at is some serious flight nurse bed head and quite frankly, I am pleased that Mark and I could wing something so well.

With that said, I will send an official Aero Med calendar to the first person to find the goof and post it in the comment section! (Kevin, you will be getting yours in the next few days so I am officially disqualifying you . . . )

So, Mark—-thanks for the help. And Ronbo/Dr. Mark? You guys are great for my ego!


Emily Bennett, Adventurer

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