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!


At The Pool photo by jparadisi 2013

At The Pool photo by jparadisi 2013

JParadisiRN is on vacation this week. I’ll write a new post soon from a refreshed perspective. Meanwhile, if you haven’t read my oncology blog for TheONC, or latest post for AJN Off The Charts, this is a good week to catch up.


Off the Chart Gives Nod to Blog Post

JParadisi RN’s blog post, A Metaphor: Health Care Reform on Life Support, was mentioned yesterday on the American Journal of Nursing’s blog, Off the Chart.

Thanks AJN!


via http://ajnoffthecharts.wordpress.com/.

Happy Birthday JParadisi RN’s Blog!

Happpy Birthday JParadisi RN's Blog! photo: JParadisi

     Today, January 10, 2010 is the first year anniversary of JParadisi RN’s Blog. I had no idea I would enjoy blogging so much. Or  that the blog would receive recognition from readers, other bloggers, RNCentralOff the Chart, and The American Journal of Nursing. Thank you, each of you.

       Through thoughtful posts about art, nursing, and humanity, JParadisi RN’s Blog aspires to represent nurses as multidimensional people with diverse talents and viewpoints,  demonstrating nursing as a profession which promotes such diversity.  2010 is The Year of the Nurse, and hopefully, we’ll use this opportunity to raise public awareness of what real nurses do. Nurses, don’t wait for the media to do it for us. Wake up Cinderella, there is no Prince Charming! We have to do this for ourselves. 

     Thank you, readers, for opening your hearts to the ideas in the posts. I realize you have a lot of blogs out there to choose from.

 With humble gratitude,

JParadisi RN

Love You to Death Giclee Print Now Available in Smaller Size


Love You to Death by JParadisi

     A smaller, unlimited edition giclee print of Love You to Death is now available . Love You to Death was the October 2009 cover of The American Journal of Nursing (AJN). Each print is professionally printed in Oregon on the same high quality Epson paper with archival inks as the large, limited edition, and suitable for framing. Every print is proofed and signed by the artist.  It makes a wonderful gift.  Purchase it through PayPal. 

     Prints ship within 7 business days, so I am unable to guarantee delivery for Christmas.

Love You to Death Giclee Prints Available On-Line with PayPal

     Love You to Death, featured on the  October 2009 cover of  The American Journal of Nursing, can be purchased using PayPal online.  Click on the Love You to Death tab  on this blog’s homepage:


Click the “donate” button (can’t use the “buy now” button with WordPress), and follow PayPal‘s instructions.

About Love You to Death

     I left pediatric intensive care and transitioned to adult outpatient oncology nursing following my treatment for cancer. I wanted to be an artist. The change provided me with the extra time and energy needed to make art.

I was dating a pharmacist I worked with at the hospital. Things were getting serious between us. I worried about marriage.  Would it interfere with my freedom to make art?

At the clinic, I met an elderly couple married over fifty years. They came several times a week for the wife’s treatment. Towards the end of her life, she often arrived confused and disoriented. Her husband was her caretaker and a diabetic. He sat in the bedside chair, tickling her polished toes during her infusions. One day, she arrived particularly obtunded. I was surprised when, out of her stupor, she called for a nurse. She told me her husband was in trouble and to check his blood sugar. Slumped in the chair, his sugar was low. He revived on orange juice and crackers with peanut butter.

I made Love You to Death with this story in mind. I learned that if I am lucky to live long enough, in a happy marriage, I could experience something deeper than love: devotion.

I married the pharmacist.

JParadisi RN Blog mentioned in AJN Blog Post

     Sylvia Foley mentions jparadisirn.com  in her post on Off the Chart, the AJN’s blog site. Read her post at


Thanks Sylvia.