Thursday, February 18, 2010

Change of Shift

The INQRI program is excited to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM to present the February 18 edition of Change of Shift. In anticipation of the upcoming forum on the Future of Nursing: Education, we have selected nursing education as our theme.

The goal of the INQRI program is to generate, disseminate and translate research to understand how nurses contribute to and can improve the quality of patient care. In a recent article, reported that new nurses are entering the field feeling poorly prepared by their education to implement quality improvement measures. We see this eye-opening research as an important opportunity for nurse educators.

During the Houston forum on February 22, the Future of Nursing committee members will hear testimony about other opportunities and challenges in nursing education, but in the mean time, we will hear from nurse bloggers about their views on everything from nursing education to their favorite movies.

We are really excited by the diversity in submissions this week. We hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as we have. Happy reading!

Posts on Nursing Education

In Closing the Nursing Shortage Demands Creativity, Collaboration, the Center to Champion Nursing in America blog discusses their approach to redesigning nursing education.

Jerry at Death Club for Cuties posted Someone's story - The man on the bench by the sea. In it he talks about his decision to practice in Palliative Care and shares a poignant story that helps reflect, as he puts it, “the role narrative plays in end of life care.” Warning: grab some tissues before you click to read.

At Experiences of an ICU Nurse, Lisa talks about a different kind of Road Trip. Throughout the post she demonstrates that travelling with a critically ill patient through the hospital is the best kind of on-the-job training for nurses. What are some lessons you’ve learned from a road trip?

The Initiative on the Future of Nursing blog posted a guest spot by Marla Salmon, Dean of the University of Washington’s Nursing School. The post, What Should We Teach the Nurse of the Future details key elements for the future of nursing education including pre-clinical training, lifelong learning curriculum and technology. She says, “What nurses do today is not what they will need to do tomorrow.” What do you think they’ll need tomorrow?

Lynda at the Muse, RN explains her “Nurse Squat” theory on Nurses that Squat. Luckily she has the solution – Step Up & Move Your Butt! This is a must-read for new and experienced nurses alike. Are you a Squatter or a Mover?

In 101 Blog Posts Every New Nurse Should Read, posted at Nurse Practitioner School, posts touch on advice, personal stories and exams. Skim the list for well-rounded nursing perspectives.

Laney at Nursing Student Chronicles shared one way her nursing school clinicals have shaped her in I’ve Gotta Fever. Did anyone else have babies on the brain during the mother and baby semester?

In the post, Experience, new nurse blogger Janine Anderson at Shades of Grey talks about working with new nurses. She thinks that new nurses who already have the basics down are able to really learn from the new experiences they encounter during their shifts.

May, at the Uncreative Writer, has lost her nursing spark. In the Age of Reason, May describes the over-the-top enthusiasm of a young nurse. This encounter makes her reflect on her own nursing career and how she went from having that same enthusiasm and excitement for nursing to a cynical and routine outlook. Read and relate.

Victoria Powell at VP-Medical News shares her daughter’s decision to enter the nursing field, while confronting the impending nursing shortage, in So You Want To Be a Nurse.

“Best-Of” Posts

At Master of Health Administration medical student Diana Diego posted her list of The 20 Best Hospitals in America– and What Makes them the Best. Find out who made her list.

John Q. Stakes at Nurse Assistant passed along the Top 50 Nursing Assistant Blogs. He says, “When you are a nursing assistant, it can help to have the perspective of a number of different people…Nursing can be rewarding, but also quite difficult.” Check out his list for new insight.

Looking for a good movie to rent this weekend, but still want to stay in the medical (er, sort of) mindset? Emily, at Nurse Practitioner Schools, has 10 recommendations that are sure to please. Check out her list at Top 10 Medical Movies of all Time.

Katie, at Radiologic Technologist Schools, touts 7 Twitter Users Every Healthcare Professional Should Follow to help stay on top of developments in the field.

Mary Jones presents 25 TED Talks Every Medical Professional Should Watch posted at Ultrasounds Tech Schools.

Additional Posts

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Degrees provides advice for parents in How to: Take Care of a Sick Child Like a Nurse Does. These recommendations might be common sense to all the nurses out there but offer a good crash course for dealing with a sick kid.

Be sure to pass around Healthy Living Gal’s 10 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy During a Hospital Trip post on X-Ray Technologist Schools to any patients you know. The list has some key pointers to complement treatment.

Dean at The Millionaire Nurse compares illnesses we’ve all heard of to financial woes that have parallel affects in Diseases and Your Money.

That’s it for this edition of Change of Shift. Thanks for stopping by!

Also, stay tuned at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 18 for #RNChat on Twitter, where the conversation about nursing education continues. Follow the Initiative on the Future of Nursing Twitter feed @FutureofNursing for our comments during the chat.

The next CoS will be over at MamaTrauma. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Change of Shift to or by using the carnival submission form. Past and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.


  1. Great posts! Which I could have remembered to participate.

  2. Great reading ahead. Thanks for putting this together!

  3. Nice job. Thanks for pointing out the millionaire nurse blog.

  4. Thanks for hosting the COS. I really need to submit more often. The high cost of being a busy nurse practitioner!

  5. Hi. Thanks for the link to my blog. I wasn't the one who submitted the post, but I'm very glad to know about you as well as Change of Shift. I'll set up some links and keep a closer eye.

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