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Change of Shift (blog carnival) | Volume 6 Episode 4 December 2015


Welcome to the Change of Shift (blog carnival). The last edition before we take on the new year.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with what the Change of Shift is (or was) or are not familiar with a Blog Carnival please check out the following link:

The (revived) Change of Shift: Nursing blog carnival

The reborn Change of Shift includes posts beyond just the blog article. Find a comfy seat, put on your reading glasses and sit back and relax. Welcome to the Change of Shift V6 E4.

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Nurses- passing off the bubonic plague as allergies since the 1960’s

Our good friend over at Florence is Dead share these words:
“My intuition tells me that there would be outrage and support if the general public knew nurses took care of them while sick, because we are not allowed sick days. “
The age-old concept of how Nurses never call off work, unless they’re sort-of dying.

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Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 127

It’s pop-quiz time from over at LITFL, with this question:
“What parenteral drug commonly used in Emergency Medicine practice is known to generate green urine?”
Check out the remainder of the Q & A.

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What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Of course last month we celebrated National Nurse Practitioner Week, so I had to include this one!

“According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), there are over 200,000 of us currently licensed in the US alone. Approx 2/3 of Americans have seen a NP for their primary care and patients make over 916,000 visits to NPs annually.”

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Top Certifications for New Grad Nurses
From our good friend Nurse Beth. She gives some sound advice and great suggestions for entry-level new nurse certifications. Ironically I acquired the majority if them in my early years as a Nurse.

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Of course we can’t for g et our friends over at GomerBlog. We have two submissions:
As Americans Get Fatter, Nursing Recruits more Football Players and Weightlifters
A fun approach to the laborious physical work we do every day:
“offering a $5000 finder’s fee to anyone who refers someone who can benchpress more than 300 pounds and start an IV line.”

And then this one:

Adele’s “Hello” Parody for Nursing Students and Nurses



This is an oldie but a goodie from whatweshouldcallnursing:


One last reminder to all the NP’s out there:


Another blog carnival comes to a close my friends.

As a reminder: Submit all posts to:

Have a safe and happy holiday season. Until next month… have fun out there!

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Happy Anniversary angel. Here’s to another 10 years!

September 10, 2005 changed my life forever. It’s the day I became a husband to most amazing women I had ever met.

She saved me.

I was a lost soul until she found me.

It’s ten years later, and I still am thankful every single day of my life that she said “Yes”.11988309_10206729368570475_283013600377497831_n

From my wife: I woke up to this on my bathroom mirror! “Thank you for saying yes!” And “Here’s to another ten years angel!!” Along with a note by my breakfast bars! Such an amazing man! Sean Dent you are the light of my life! Happy Anniversary baby!

We’re celebrating our Anniversary with a weekend getaway next weekend, but I wanted her to know how just how excited I am about making this milestone as a married couple. So I wrote that on her bathroom mirror.


Thank you for saying “Yes” angel. I love you.



Never judge a book by its cover…

Christopher Barna Bruno Mars-when I was your man acoustic cover – YouTube.

Don’t be quick to pass judgement.

I remember seeing this video’s screenshot before I watched the actual video, and I already had passed judgement. Then I listened to them.


We often preach about not judging someone by how they look, but we all still do it. We seemed to be conditioned like our friend Pavlov the dog. Take a second or two and reserve your thoughts until you meet, speak and converse with that fellow human being. We often fear what is unfamiliar.

Different ≠ bad.


Same-sex marriage. Equality across a nation today. My thoughts

A day cemented in the history books my friends. The chatter is loud out there in social media. A chatter that can be viewed as a bit of shouting from both sides of this virtual “wall” that has been officially torn down.

“Equal dignity in the eyes of the law”

I had a lot to say about this topic. I really did. I wanted to perseverate on my personal feelings, my history in the military, my non-religious up-bringing and how many ‘gay’ people I know, and how many ‘gay’ people I’ve known in my short time on this earth to be such genuine souls.

But I’ve decided to keep in short and simple. Here’s the one thought I have on the equality of marriage.

How would have my life been for the past ten years, had I been told, by the law, that I could not marry my best friend, I could marry my soul mate? That in the eyes of the law, you’re love is not recognized.

The answer is quite simple. I would have a very different life.

And now those who have had to lead that ‘different’ life, get a chance to express themselves properly in the eyes of the law.

Game. Set. Match my friends.

It’s really that simple. Love is universal. Don’t make it any more complicated than it has to be. Hate begets hate, don’t forget that.


Friday Fun Fact


Millennials, or those born from 1982 through 2000, now make up more than a quarter of the U.S. population, exceeding Baby Boomers (1946-1964) for the first time.

-from U.S Census Bureau

This fun fact is an eye-opener in regards to population behavior and the paradigm shift in social habits, the market and of course just good ole’ fashion relationships. I mean you have noticed there are some changes goin’ on with how we as humans interact with each other haven’t you?

Things that make you go hmmm.

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My Father. My Hero.

Happy Father’s Day Dad



Happy Father’s Day Dad. I find the need to re-post this every year. This was an old blog post from years ago that was born out of an email I sent my father for Father’s Day years ago. I feel inclined to share it every year, since it speaks volumes about how lucky I was, and am to have this man as my Father.



  • How to pull his finger
  • How to appreciate everything I have or own
  • How to look something up in a dictionary
  • How to box
  • How to hit a baseball.. By practicing with a ping-pong ball.
  • How to fish
  • How to hunt…. And how not to scratch my cornea on a tree twig
  • How not to slide down the windshield of a car!
  • How to do backwards math
  • How to stick up for myself
  • How to have self-reliance
  • To be accountable for my actions
  • How NOT to play with a Rubik’s race.
  • How to moon your family on Christmas morning
  • To reap what I sow
  • How drinking alcohol is not all it’s cracked up to be… especially the morning after.
  • How to be independent
  • How to trust and be trust worthy
  • Learn the difference between what is good and what is right.
  • How to be humble.
  • How to never take anything or anyone for granted
  • What it means to be a friend
  • How to install a water heater
  • How to treat others
  • How to be yourself, not someone else
  • The difference between arrogance and courage.
  • How to never give up, and never quit
  • How to kill a raccoon in your attic with a compound bow.
  • How to feel safe
  • How to install a garbage disposal
  • How to change the oil in my car
  • How to install a car radio
  • How to properly install a new light switch
  • How to understand and appreciate your family lineage
  • How to appreciate where you came from

My father taught me that we all get one chance to make our mark on this world, and if there is anything worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

I am the man I am today because my father cared enough to teach me how to BE a man.

He taught me how to become a man and he still teaches me every time I see him or talk to him on how to be a better man.

Everything that is good in me, is a direct result from the man who calls himself my father.

Chance favors the prepared mind, and my father never wanted me to be ill prepared.

Thanks dad for being you.

I am proud to say you are my father, and I brag about being your son.

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