Next Career, No Body Fluids

"Next career, no body fluids."That's what I tell myself....more

50 Secrets Your Nurse Won’t Tell You

I was quoted in the November 2011 printed Readers Digest. Here is what I had to say:...more

Outspoken with Karon TV Shows now available globally at

Karon Gibson RN, CCM is the producer and host of the television show, Outspoken with Karon on cable and on the Internet at (Enter Outspokentvshows) or google Karon Gibson RN or Karon Gibson to find topics.  Topics include: health, safety, business, beauty, travel, dining etc. Interviews with authors and books are featured as well as innovators and innovative and healthy products. Karon Gibson is the President of AmericaNurse and the co author of Nurses On Our Own, the story of two Independent Nursing Practicioners who challenged the medical system and won....more

Of Med Errors and Brain Farts

I read the physician's order carefully, looked up the medication in the nurses’ drug book, and consulted with our pharmacist before I gave it.  While signing the medication administration record (MAR), I read the order again, and I did not see the same dose I had read the first time. Image Credit: Dawn Huczek...more
I pretty much keep my work life separate from my blog life, but I had to chime in on this ...more

The Volcano Lover

Cinder Cone with lava field in the background photo: JParadisi     I walked to the top of a volcanic c...more

Don't Change The Way You Look, Change The Way You See

Getting cancelled for part of a scheduled shift at work is often a problem during a recession, but on Friday I volunteered to go home at noon when our patient census was low....more
@DesiValentine4 Exactly as you say. Fear of a misstep, as if everything we do is carved into ...more

Polymaths, Multitasking and Renaissance Men (and Women)

On weekends, the clinic where I work closes when all of our patients are discharged. Sometimes we work a full eight-hour shift, but today, it means that we closed shop around lunchtime. This gift of a weekend afternoon causes mild distress, however, because I have to decide whether to spend it plinking out a new post for this blog, or playing hooky. Getting home without window shopping, and staying home instead of going for a run along the river doesn't solve the problem....more

Six Degrees of Separation: How Close Is Too Close?

I stand in the fluorescent-lit hallway, waiting my turn at the window to pick up two units of blood from the blood bank. Ahead of me, a woman whose hair is swallowed up by a paper bouffant cap wears blue scrubs and hot pink Crocs on her feet. I assume she's from OR, because of her garb. The blood bank is located in a staff only access area, and the hallway is narrow. Loitering, I feel the same awkwardness I feel standing on a sidewalk while waiting my turn at an ATM. What's the socially acceptable separation between the person I'm waiting behind and myself?...more

Nurses Need a Break Too

Today our guest writer is Patricia Walling a web content designer for several health care related sites, including Medical Billing and Coding. She self-identifies as a perpetual student of medicine, and can be found most of the time researching anything related to the field. She lives in Washington, and as a result of the long winter there is itching for the sun to return so she can run outside and play....more