Thursday, December 11, 2008

December 11: Change of Shift!

Welcome to my site, the host for this version of Change of Shift. Change of Shift is a blog carnival devoted to all-things nursing related.  Originally, it was going to be over at Nurses' Notes, but this site is updated more often.

Having read some of the other Change of Shift issues I had no idea how on earth I'd compete, so, here is what I did. Just click on the TV screen:

The changing face of nursing.

Joanne Oelkers presents Holidays and Nostalgia, posted at Laura, RN and blogger for NurseConnect. She describes the different kind of memories that both nurses and patients may have. She's a new nurse but it won't be long before she has her own special memories of working on the holidays.

Travel nurses bring a new face where ever they end up working. Sometimes their assignments are exciting and interesting, other times - not so much. I wonder what it must be like to be able to pick up and go work somewhere else. Personally, I think travel nurses must have a lot of confidence and are much braver than I am! So, for the brave traveling nurses, Bret Nellor presents Nice online tool to plan your drive to your next travel nursing assignment posted at Travel Nursing Blog. And, Jeff Long presents Get the most out of travel nursing. , also at Travel Nursing Blog.

Are you thinking about becoming a nurse? RehabRN presents The long and winding road posted at RehabRN. She says, "People always ask me about becoming a nurse. This post discusses a few preliminary things to think about before you start your journey, from RehabRN, a second career RN." More and more people are heading into nursing the less traditional route - straight from high school.

Speaking of school, this post brought a smile to my face. A new nurse and the amazing feeling of knowing you're not a student any more. Running Wildly presents Completion posted at Running Wildly. Congratulations to her!

I'm sure there are many nurses here who know what it's like not to be in a union or remember what it's like. The subject of unions can be pretty controversial. Where I am, in Quebec, we are unionized in virtually all places; there's no choice. ER Murse presents Who is the right Union for RN’s posted at ER Murse.

I wrote a very personal post about a doctor who I knew and his nurse companion who were killed in Mumbai just a few weeks ago: When Terrorism Hits Close to Home, Even It’s Thousands of Miles Away, posted at Nurses' Notes. How frightening must this be for the nurses who live in areas where terrorism is never far away.

What would a discussion of the changing face of nursing be without the Internet? Colleen Berding presents 'Tis the season posted at IT RN - Technology for Nurses.

This one's  a bit different; I wasn't sure what to say about it! Gemma presents Health & Medicine posted at VideoJug: LIfe Explained. On Film. And this one is about living a healthy lifestyle: Living Healthy presents An Oldie but a Goodie posted at Cory Albertson.

Finally, as one of the changing faces of nursing, we see more nurses caring for seniors and the elderly who are no longer able to care for themselves. One of my pet peeves involves something that many nurses do without even realizing it: treating their older patients like little children. Maintaining mealtime dignity - no bibs! was posted over at Seniors Support.


Oops! I forgot one. Here was an entry I received just as I put this together: Dean Moyer of The Back Pain Blog wonders whether or not saline solution could be another option for sciatica treatment in a follow-up article to his series on epidural steroid injections. His post entitled, Sciatica and the Saline Story is part of an ongoing effort to answer reader questions about sciatic nerve pain.

Images: iStock


Unknown said...

Well done version of Change Of Shift! I am too chicken to do video versions of my posts yet. Nursing definitely has changed it's face over the years.

Geriatric Nursing said...

I truly enjoyed reading your well written post about the changing face of nursing. I also work with the elderly, inspecting boarding homes and assisted living centers. Our Seniors have so much to offer.

Anonymous said...

Great job hosting Change of Shift! Your video adds a wonderful personal touch. Thanks for the link to my blog. You might also be interested in a piece I wrote awhile back about our "nurse face" (same site). _ Laura

Anonymous said...

Great job! Thanks for the mention.

Anonymous said...

Super job. Loved the video on youtube. V.G. Really enjoyed reading.

If you have time in your blog travels, mosy on over to mine if you like.

Trauma, nursing, medicine, and general trash! Enjoy!
Nurse Ratched is a fan!

Amanda said...

fabulous!! great submissions too! loved your little video intro - so fun! ;-)