Nurse Characters Doing Nurses’ Work: JParadisiRN Returns to RNFM Radio October 14 2013

The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 15: Two Separate Worlds has posted this morning. As if this alone were not enough to brighten your day (wait for it:)

Great news!  I’m being interviewed on “RN.FM Radio: Nursing Unleashed!”, the newest

internet radio station for nurses:

My LIVE interview is on Monday, 10/14/13  at 9pm EST / 6pm PST. You can listen in here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rnfmradio

In my LIVE interview, I plan on discussing The Adventures of Nurse Niki, authentic nurse characters, and the challenges of writing a fictional nursing blog.

In preparation for the interview, I wrote a guest post for RNFM Radio:

The Adventures of Nurse Niki: Nurse Characters Doing Nurses’ Work.

If you can’t listen in, bear in mind that the show will be immediately archived and available for listening on Blog Talk Radio (http://blogtalkradio.com/rnfmradio), and will also be quickly available as a free downloadable podcast on iTunes.

Call-in # is: (347) 308-8064.

The link to listen in on Monday, 10/14/13   at 9pm EST / 6pm PST again is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rnfmradio

I look forward to connecting with you then!

You can Like and interact with Nurse Niki on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter @NurseNikiAdven

This Week: EHRs & The Nurse’s Voice, Collusion & A Nurse Asks for Help

A physician, standing in a busy hospital unit, was overheard telling a resident,

“If you want to be certain something gets done for your patient, find the busiest nurse in the unit, and ask her to do it.”

It’s true, nurses thrive on getting the job done.

Here at JParadisiRN blog, things are hopping. Besides transitioning to a new employment opportunity, I’ve been busy writing, and making art.

In case you missed it, Do EHRs Rob Nurses of Voice and Oversimplify Descriptions of Patient Care? is the title of my latest post for Off the Charts, the blog of the American Journal of Nursing. While I mostly love EHRs, the voice of bedside nursing is lost by reducing the nurse’s note to check boxes and smart phrases. However, not everyone agrees. What’s your opinion? BTW, the I made the collage illustrating the post; the text is from Florence Nightingale’s Nursing Notes.

Weekly, I write and illustrate a post for TheONC, The Oncology Nurse Community website. This week’s post, Which Came First, The Chicken or the Nurse? ponders the lack of privacy and personal space for nurses.

Chapter 13 of The Adventures of Nurse Niki is posted. In  Collusion, Niki’s creative solution for managing her patient’s under medicated post-surgical pain last week yields an unexpected result, in which she coaches a father how to ask his daughter’s surgeon to treat her pain. How do you handle similar situations?

I receive comments from nurses, some asking questions. A recent comment submitted to an older post, Of Medication Errors and Brain Farts is a single line,

I made a med error and lost my job how do you go on

If the comment touches you, please reach out with support and advice for this nurse in replies to this comment. Let’s help out a fellow nurse, yes?

What Makes a Shift Happy? The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 12 is Posted

The Adventures of Nurse Niki
The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 12 is posted!

In this week’s episode, A Happy Shift, Niki offers her opinion on why some surgeons don’t order enough pain medication for their patients. Do you agree? What do you think?

Off the Charts has this to say about The Adventures of Nurse Niki:

This blog is made up entirely of first-person episodes told by a fictional nurse named Niki. Each episode is short, detailed, and engaging, and it’s easy to keep up with it on a regular basis, or quickly catch up if you haven’t yet read any episodes.

                      Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor/blog editor

Comments on The Adventures of Nurse Niki blog are limited, however, you can interact with Niki on The Adventures of Nurse Niki’s  Facebook page. Please don’t forget to “Like” it too. Show Niki some love!

Thank YOU!! to the readers following The Adventures of Nurse Niki, the retweets of  @NurseNikiAdven, and those who not only Like Nurse Niki’s Facebook Fan Page. The support is very much appreciated!

Grief Debriefing Versus Beer for Breakfast: Chapter 11 of The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki
The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 11 is posted!

In this week’s episode, Niki reflects on sharing about patient deaths at grief debriefings, and how much extra time nurses already spend at the hospital for continuing education and skills training.

In contrast, Niki and friends from work finally make it to an after shift breakfast. There, they comment on men in nursing, the role of respiratory therapists (every ICU nurse knows skilled respiratory therapists are a crucial part of the health care team), and share thoughts on marriage.

Off the Charts has this to say about The Adventures of Nurse Niki:

This blog is made up entirely of first-person episodes told by a fictional nurse named Niki. Each episode is short, detailed, and engaging, and it’s easy to keep up with it on a regular basis, or quickly catch up if you haven’t yet read any episodes.

                      Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor/blog editor

Comments on The Adventures of Nurse Niki blog are limited, however, you can interact with Niki on The Adventures of Nurse Niki’s  Facebook page. Please don’t forget to “Like” it too. Show Niki some love!

Thank YOU!! to the readers following The Adventures of Nurse Niki, the retweets of  @NurseNikiAdven, and those who not only Like Nurse Niki’s Facebook Fan Page. The support is very much appreciated!

The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 9 is Posted: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The Adventures of Nurse Niki
The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 9 is posted!

In this week’s post, Niki unintentionally stands ER nurse Corey up for breakfast after her patient’s early morning code. As if that wasn’t enough, Niki meets a traffic cop on her way home from the hospital.

Off the Charts has this to say about The Adventures of Nurse Niki:

This blog is made up entirely of first-person episodes told by a fictional nurse named Niki. Each episode is short, detailed, and engaging, and it’s easy to keep up with it on a regular basis, or quickly catch up if you haven’t yet read any episodes.

                      Jacob Molyneux, AJN senior editor/blog editor

You can interact with Nurse Niki on her Facebook page, and don’t forget to “Like” it. Show Niki some love!

Thank YOU!! to the readers following The Adventures of Nurse Niki, the retweets of  @NurseNikiAdven, and those who not only Like Nurse Niki’s Facebook Fan Page, but post comments too. The support is very much appreciated!

Are You Always a Nurse? The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 4

The Adventures of Nurse Niki
The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 4 is posted. This week Niki just can’t seem to get away from her work! Have you ever had one of these never-ending shifts?

Many thanks to the readers following the blog, the retweets of  @NurseNikiAdven, and those who not only Like Nurse Niki’s Facebook Fan Page. Niki posted Simon’s recipe for Macaroni and Cheese on her Facebook page this morning, and included adjustments for a gluten-free version as well!

Chapter 3 of The Adventures of Nurse Niki is Posted!

The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 3 posted yesterday. Many thanks to the readers following the blog, the retweets of  @NurseNikiAdven, and those who not only Like Nurse Niki’s Facebook Fan Page, but interact with Niki by posting relevant comments to her status updates.

In Chapter 3, Nurse Niki sheds some light on a doctor with a particular pair of skills. She also contemplates the effect being uninsured has on children.

The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 2 is Posted!

The Adventures of Nurse Niki Chapter 2 is posted. This week, Niki begins discussing her workplace. On Facebook, Niki explains some of the differences between Pediatric Intensive Care Nursing, and Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. These two nursing specialties are often misunderstood by lay people. I let Niki post one of my drawings to her Facebook page too. Please be sure to Like Nurse Niki’s Facebook Page, and you can Follow Nurse Niki on Twitter @NurseNikiAdven

Introducing The Adventures of Nurse Niki

I’d like to introduce to you Nurse Niki, a product of my imagination. You can get to know Niki on her blog, The Adventures of Nurse Niki (fiction so lifelike it’s almost real) launching today. Please Like her Facebook page. Follow Nurse Niki on Twitter @NurseNikiAdven. She’s looking forward to interacting with readers on all three sites.

The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki

Although a fictional character, Nurse Niki is a real nurse, and by that I mean she faces similar conflicts the rest of us do.  She’ll blog about the tensions between her personal and professional lives, among other things.

I’ve been blogging at JParadisiRN since 2009, and I still haven’t said everything I intend to say, so JParadisiRN blog remains status quo.

The Adventures of Nurse Niki is a work of fiction that hopefully rings true.

The Adventures of Nurse Niki

The Adventures of Nurse Niki Facebook Page

@NurseNikiAdven

Feedback on Icarus Again & Voyagers

 

book crop     Writing is about learning to pay attention and to communicate what is going on.  Anne Lamott

     I want to say THANK YOU to the readers of my short stories, Icarus Again and Voyagers, which were released earlier this month in the anthology, New Lives: Nurses Stories about Caring for Babies, edited by Kathleen Huggins, RN,MS. Your comments and compliments, not only about the stories themselves, but the voice in which they are written, mean a great deal to me.  I feel that the best way to inform the public about the work nurses do is to tell our stories. I can’t thank all of you enough.