Over on the right sidebar, you'll see a fairly short blogroll of medical/nursing blogs I regularly visit.
It's short because for whatever reason, nursing and medical bloggers simply don't last. They burn out, run out of words, time, or motivation, and then they quietly die on the vine one day. I've only been at this for about a year and a half, and I've already buried three of them, and a few more over there are on life support waiting for someone to pull the plug.
But under the heading of "A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words" is one over on Tumbler that just seems to keep going and going like the Energizer Bunny:
What Should We Call Nursing?
If you want to understand nursing without getting a degree, and being elbow-deep in someone else's really vile bodily fluids on a holiday weekend at 3AM, go there.
The recipe is simple:
Take one Universal Nursing Truth, illustrate it with a short looped .gif/clip from somewhere in the culture - TV, movies, etc. - that didn't start out to have anything to do with nursing (but does in the right context), and get an essay on nursing that only takes about 1-3 seconds to grasp.
The results are, in a word, brilliant.
And more often than not, require a Beverage Alert, to avoid hot, cold, or carbonated fluids shooting out your nose.
I have lightened my mental load and killed a bit of time surfing that blog for a little humor when things quiet down on a busy shift. (Don't tell the hospital IT guys, that makes them crazy!)
I bring this up because the second current offering is Ebola-related. I missed it when it was new, because things have been a little busy at the keyboard lately. But since no small number of folks are tuning in here to stay current on the topic, it's appropriate.
The site also chalks up "likes".
There are 702 for this particular offering, so far. As most of the visitors there are probably nurses, like myself, make of that informal poll what you will.
And the WSWCN blog deserves a long-overdue shout out anyways, so it might as well be for this.