Three years ago, Kim, the queen of nursing blogs (as she has become know to us)came up with the most wonderful of ideas. Why not share blog posts written by nurses and others involved in healthcare across the world? As the world becomes an ever smaller place it has become apparent that while our health systems are different, many of the issues we face as nurses are very similar. Those similarities aren’t just that our patients have the same kind of problems, or that they concern us, irritate us and amuse us in the same way, but also that the professional issues we face are often similar. We all face an aging population of not just patients, but also nurses. We all have to consider the extent to which nursing boundaries can be pushed, the extent to which we celebrate the meaning of nursing and the kind of care we can and should provide to patients. We also seek to extend our knowledge and to gain academic and professional qualifications which we hope will contribute to our credibility as professionals of nursing.
I have hosted Change of Shift twice, and found this both challenging and one of the most enjoyable things you can do in the world of nursing blogs if not blogging as a whole. Of course over that 3 years my own work seems to have taken me further from nursing than I would have imagined. However I am still a nurse, still consider myself passionate about nursing and the difference nurses can make to people across the world.
So Kim, thank you for the last 3 years, good luck for the coming year, change of shift’s fourth, long may this wonderful carnival of nursing blogs continue. This week’s anniversary post is over at Emergiblog now!