The (revived) Change of Shift: Nursing blog carnival

placeit(1)So, a blog carnival for nurses. “What’s a blog carnival?” Never heard of one ehh? Well here’s the skinny:

Blog Carnival: A blog (post)article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m reviving a retired blog carnival, Change of Shift.

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It was hosted by a wonderful blogger named Kim on her now retired blog, Emergiblog.

Here was the original post and mission statement of the Change of Shift: (taken from her blog)

“Change of Shift” is intended to be a blog about nurses and for nurses, but all are welcome to submit! This includes nursing students of all ages and in all stages of their programs!

Are you a doctor or a medical student with a funny nurse story, some constructive criticism or advice on how to interact with physicians? Submit your story!

Are you a patient with an anecdote about your experience with nursing or nurses? Share them with us!

The rules are simple:

  • All submissions will be posted, including rants and criticism. We’re nurses, we can take it. Passionate, but polite is the way to go!
  • If you post to Grand Rounds that week, the submission to Change of Shift must be a different post.
  • Keep the nursing perspective at Grand Rounds strong, in fact, make it stronger if you can by submitting each week.
  • All known HIPAA privacy rules apply.
  • If you are blogging about your own experience as a patient, make sure your story does not reveal any information about other patients you came into contact with during your stay/visit/experience.
  • If you are blogging about a relative, be sure to get their permission to do so, if possible.
  • All submissions must be in by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday before the “carnival” is posted.
  • Be sure to put “Change of Shift” in the subject line so the host doesn’t miss it or if it accidentally gets puts it in the “bulk” folder, the host will find it.
  • Posts containing rude or foul language or inappropriate material for general consumption (you know what I mean) will be purged.
  • No post consisting of “lists” of web sites, books, movies, videos, podcasts, You Tubes, Tweets, blogs, drugs, diseases, or anything else will be included.

Way back in the day (before Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and others), this was THE place to be if you were a Nurse with a blog. It was a great place to meet other nurses, other medical professionals and anyone  else who ‘blogged’ about anything healthcare related. It’s where I forged some friendships that have lasted over the past 8+ years. (which is a millennia in the Social Media world)

The interest in blog carnivals slowly died off as the micro-blog and ‘status update’ took over the Internets. Thus the Change of Shift was retired in September of 2011.

I’m reckonin’ to change that.

4 years to the date of the final edition, The Change of Shift will be reborn, starting September 2015.

It’s going to start small. Just me wranglin’ up the posts and creating the edition. I’m planning on making it a bit more modern. It will include more than just blog posts. I’m looking for video submissions, video blogs, Instagram posts, Vine posts and any other sort of social media content that would be pertinent to the same original theme of all things about Nursing for Nurses.

Here are the new guidelines: (borrowing from the original rules)

  • All submissions will be posted, including rants and criticism. We’re nurses, we can take it. Passionate, but polite is the way to go!
  • If you post to Grand Rounds that week, the submission to Change of Shift must be a different post.
  • Keep the nursing perspective at Grand Rounds strong, in fact, make it stronger if you can by submitting each week.
  • All known HIPAA privacy rules apply.
  • If you are blogging about your own experience as a patient, make sure your story does not reveal any information about other patients you came into contact with during your stay/visit/experience.
  • If you are blogging about a relative, be sure to get their permission to do so, if possible.
  • All submissions must be in by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday before the “carnival” is posted.
  • Be sure to put “Change of Shift” in the subject line so the host  Sean doesn’t miss it or if it accidentally gets puts it in the “bulk” folder, the host will find it.
  • Posts containing rude or foul language or inappropriate material for general consumption (you know what I mean) will be purged.
  • No post consisting of “lists” looking to promote others: web sites, books, movies, videos, podcasts, You Tubes, Tweets, blogs, drugs, diseases, or anything else. It will not be included. (some call this link-baiting)
  • All types of media will be accepted as long as it says within the previous guidelines.
  • Video submissions should be of quality information, not quantity.
  • All submissions must be in by the 20th of each month by 5pm EST.

For now, submit all posts to my podcast email address: thenurseniche@gmail.com

I think  this will be good for all the Nurses and Nurse bloggers out there looking to get their voice heard. Pass this along to any and every nurse that could be interested. In the meantime check out the final edition of the original Change of Shift: Change of Shift – September, 2011

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