Change of Shift: The Nurse Me Edition
Welcome to this edition of Change of Shift. I’m sure you’ll all enjoy a little light reading after submitting your taxes weeellll beforehand, right? And surprisingly, none of this edition’s posts are money related. I guess that’s because we’re nurses and we know how much money we don’t make Dr. Dean (www.blog.themillionairenurse.com) can help with that though. Dr. Dean…?
So without further adieu…..
We start this edition with an interview by Alvaro Fernandez because today is not only tax day but marks the beginning of Brain Awareness Week. Read along as Alvaro interviews Patrick Donahue a father, activist and advocate of those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and sustained an additional blow through lack of research, funding and programs designed specifically to meet the needs of those living with the effects of brain injuries.
Next up is Sara Ellis BSN, RN who writes for RNDegrees.net. Sara has two entries this week (looks like someone got her taxes done in advance!) Her first entry is an interview with a nurse practitioner with tips for nurses who wish to advance their careers and practice. Sara’s next post is advice on how nurses can have therapeutic relationships and build trust by being an active listener with their patients.
Over at Brainscramble (www.brainscramble.org), Caroline shares with us one of the most poingant journal entries I have ever read. She gives us a summary of just one of the days she spent in Haiti as she recounts, “It’s a different kind of brain warp, that’s for sure.” I, for one, am very envious of Caroline’s efforts in Haiti where, as she puts it “not really learning skills so much as everything else.” A different kind of education, indeed for this first year nurse or any year nurse fortunate enough to have made the trip to Haiti. Kudos, Caroline. Your journal entries are truly priceless.
“There are times when things go awry and before we know it, a mistake has been made,” writes Marijke Durning in her article Nursing Mistakes: Learning & Moving On. Moving on, why does that seem to be such a challenge for most nurses? We’re excellent learners, on the other hand.
The Dog Ate My Care Plan (www.thedogatemycareplan.wordpress.com) . No. Really. Great name for a blog and does anyone write care plans anymore? Except nursing students, I mean? Don’t worry Isntshelovlei, that torture is about to end in exchange for a new one. But your insights to “Health Care NOT Sick Care” through an ounce of prevention are sensible, well, except to Big Pharma, lobbyists and the “no-exercising, cigarette-smoking, fast-food-eating” sloths. (Sloths in Nurse Me’s word, not Isntshelovlei’s.)
AJN senior editor Sylvia Foley writes and introduction to a CE article about nursing handoffs in AJN’s online blog Off The Charts. How many times have you been frustrated during shift report because the oncoming nurse wants to know where and how old the IV site is before oh, say, the patient’s diagnosis? Or the reporting nurse has such a thick accent that when she says “I put in a 20 gauge FOLLY” you have to ask 3 times before understanding she meant FOLEY. Oh, and 20 GAUGE??!!? Nurse Me airing some personal dirty laundry??? Maybe but it highlight’s the article’s point, that there are barriers to shift report that lead to incongruencies in care.
I love that nurses and nursing have Suzanne Gordon (www.suzannegordon.com) , author, journalist, lecturer. How great is it that we have a “civilian” fervently fighting with us and for us, “Let me make this point again, since it seems so easily to be forgotten – patients are simply not admitted to critical care units unless they need yes – the SUPPORT – of intensive care nurses.” Suzanne calls out NYU Langone Medical Center for forgetting their magnet status that they seemed to have been so proud of in 2005.
Artificial intelligence in health care you say? Don’t we already have enough artificial intelligence I say? (jokingly, of course) Laura at NurseConnect talks about the creation of “smart rooms” in hospitals. After reading her post I envision Steven Speilberg and Ridley Scott coming together: Premiering 2011 “The Terminal: Black Hawk Down.” And all I want to know is, how do I silence the alarm?
Also from NurseConnect (http://www.nurseconnect.com/Community/BlogPostDetail.aspx?PostId=399006) Kathy ruminates how nursing has become lost to the speed of change where “it seems things are moving so fast sometimes we have forgotten the nurse as a person.” I don’t know, has anyone ever thought of us as people?
NursePractitionersSaveLives asks wants to know how to work with physicians without them thinking you’re out to steal their patients. Go on over and check it out, then share your thoughts/ideas/solutions.
“Nursing is hard. (cf Barbie, “Math is hard!”) It can be lonely, overwhelming, frustrating, irritating, enraging, satisfying, thrilling, scary as hell, and sometimes hilarious.” Head Nurse (www.head-nurse.blogspot.com) has just said a mouthful in her latest blog post. It hits home, it really does.
Voice of Reality delivers a big dose of reality in her blog post about nurses who struggle to balance being a nurse and the stigma attached to having a mental illness. Maybe it helps to know that we’re ALL a little bit crazy but without having the actual diagnosis, none of us can truly appreciate how difficult it is to be a nurse with a mental illness.
And finally, Eadwine Walter at mastersofpublichealth (www.masterofpublichealth.org) has submitted a list of the Top 50 public health blogs. It’s definitely worth a gander. Some very useful and interesting sites to share with your readers.
Well, this concludes Nurse Me’s edition of CoS. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. While hosting this week’s edition, I looked for a common theme. What stood out is COMMUNITY. We’re all in this together and our thirst to comfort, belong and be understood is validated by each and everyone of our blogs. I, for one, am very greatful to Kim for having created this forum in which nurses can share their experiences and support one another while educating and entertaining the masses.