Those Emergency Blues: Best. Comment. Ever.

Blog reader “Sarah” REALLY gave me a big old can of whoop-ass when she wrote something on my blog post “The Value of Nurses” She really schooled me! So take it away “Sarah”! Nursing is critical to patient health and recovery. Nurses are responsible for the day to day care of the patient.  Nurses are ...

Those Emergency Blues: Charge Mommy

A few days ago, one of my colleagues said to me after a particularly frantic day in the ED, “You guys aren’t Charge Nurses, you’re Charge Mommies.” She is right. This is what we do: tell all the kids don’t fight and play nice fix boo-boos give hugs as needed, or tissue make sure all the ...

Those Emergency Blues: Epic Hitler Emergency Department Charge Nurse Rant

I never thought I’d use the words “Epic” and “Hitler” and “Emergency Department” and “Charge Nurse” and “Rant” as a blog title, but what the hell. I was bored one night and thought it would be fun to make a Hitler rant parody. Filed under: What Passes for Humour Around Here Tagged: emergency department, emergency ...

Those Emergency Blues: Nursing Week Ain’t What It Used to Be

My Nurses Week joy was shattered last night when the son of a patient reamed me out for discussing the patient’s condition and treatment plan — wait for it — with the patient. He thought his father, who was a rather elderly but very independent and shrewd man who still lived in his own house ...

Those Emergency Blues: Top 10 Lists Nurses Probably Should NOT Publish on their Blogs

The Top Ten: 1. Top 10 Reasons I Should Be Reported to My Professional Regulatory Agency 2. Top 10 Medications Errors I Have Made (and How to Avoid Them) 3. Top 10 Funny Things to Call Patients 4. Top 10 Narcotics and Their Side Effects: Using Personal Experience to Enhance Your Practice 5. Top 10 ...

Those Emergency Blues: In Which TorontoEmerg is So Busted, or, Welcome, Jean Hill

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a colleague, whom I will call Jean Hill, and by-the-by the conversation fell to nurse bloggers. Several prominent ones were mentioned, like Crass-Pollination and Emergiblog and Nerdy Nurse. “Oh,” said Jean Hill innocently. “I wish I could write like these guys.” At which point your humble blogger’s ...

Those Emergency Blues: Insert Snark Here

What this patient did not have Mr. CD, 88, took a little tumble at the nursing home when he slipped on a loose rug (or something, the details are a little vague here), obtained for his trouble a scalp laceration the length of Q-tip on his temple, bled like a stuck pig, transported by EMS, ...

Those Emergency Blues: How to Make a Myocardial Infarction Funny

A very droll short video featuring Elizabeth Banks having a heart attack. Part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Not too edgy, but undoubtedly some will be officially ooffended/hurt/annoyed by the light treatment of a very serious subject. *Shrug* Filed under: Advertising Hitting The Mark, What Passes for Humour Around Here ...

Those Emergency Blues: Labour Day and the Toronto Sun: An Annotation

Public sector workers are lazy and overpaid parasites sucking at the taxpayer teat. Or something. Please remember to tell us this when we’re doing ACLS on your sorry ass. Happy Labour Day. Love, TorontoEmerg Filed under: Colour Me Cynical, Life in the Emergency Department, What Passes for Humour Around Here Tagged: Canada, emergency department, emergency nursing, ...

Those Emergency Blues: The Hockey Season Cometh

Overheard in Fast Track: Grandmother: (pointing to hat on child with a Canadiens emblem) Who are they? Who’s your favourite hockey team? 3-year-old child: Habs! Some other patient: Losers! I tell you, she had some nerve, that child. In Toronto, no less. Filed under: Life in the Emergency Department, What Passes for Humour Around Here ...

Those Emergency Blues: Get Me the Frickin’ Goat!

If only there was a magic goat. Part of an advertising campaign from the Nova Scotia Ministry of Health Promotion and Protection aimed at reducing harm from high risk behaviours. According to the No Magic Goat website: 911 is your friend. The goat, not so much. (She bites, for one). She’s cute and furry, but ...

Those Emergency Blues: Flash Mob Bares Breasts, Somewhere Prudes are Moaning

For a good cause, of course: A bold group of mothers gave a new meaning to the term ‘flashmob’ when they bared their breasts at a major shopping centre today to raise awareness of breastfeeding. More than a hundred mothers of all ages – some accompanied by their partners – descended on the Trafford Centre ...

Those Emergency Blues: I’ve Been Selected for a Not-So-Clever Marketing Scheme

This blog has been named as one of the  ”20 Best Blog for Nurses” by that august institution, Jacksonville University School of Nursing. My jaded, cynical, shrivelled heart tells me it’s a trojan horse marketing scheme, since the button they emailed me links to information on their MScN program, and there doesn’t seem to a “20 ...

Those Emergency Blues: Five Feet of Fabulous!

Your colon, of course. What else? A funny, retro animation produced by the Canadian Cancer Society to start a colonversation on colon health. Also features a few fart gags and uses the word “poop”, in case you’re a delicate flower. (And who doesn’t like fart jokes? My mother-in-law does, anyway. Don’t ask.) Filed under: Advertising ...

Those Emergency Blues: Don’t Tell Your Patient This. Or That.

Jo over at Head Nurse had an interesting question about a month ago. She was prepping for an interview for a Reader’s Digest article called “50 Things Your Nurse Won’t Tell”. It’s a common format for RD, I soon learned after checking their website, and features such articles as “50 Things Your Flight attendant Won’t ...