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About codeblog:

Disclaimer: All stories are composites of different patients, doctors, nurses, and situations. Details about stories have been changed to protect patient and healthcare worker identities.

1. What is this?

This is a weblog specifically for personal medical stories. Many interesting things happen in hospitals, clinics, schools, hospices, at ball games, recitals, and on planes and trains. Almost everyone that comes into contact with someone in some sort of medical situation has at least one good story, be it an RN, MD, LPN, nurse’s aide, unit clerk, unit support, manager, or volunteer.

This is a place for sharing stories. It all started on our personal weblog.  As an RN, I started posting stories about what happens at work, and people really enjoyed reading them. A friend suggested that I start an entire blog dedicated to medical stories. I thought it was a great idea.

2. How does it work?

If you want to submit a health-care related story, click on “submit your story” at the top of the website. It emails the story directly to me. You can also use this link to email me with any other questions, concerns, etc.

3. What will be posted?

Any health-care related personal story. Stories about patients, nursing school, med school, that unbelievably awful night your Med-Surg self had to float to the Psych floor….

4. What will not be posted?

Detailed identifying characteristics. Definitely no patient names, not even specific ages. No dates. Location is okay if you feel comfy with providing that.

Otherwise, obviously no gratuitous profanity, vulgarity, solicitations, nude photos or recipes.
Certainly no research papers, journal articles, or anything academic.

5. What are the guidelines for submitting stories?

Submission Guidelines

You know, just use common sense.

6. Can the general non-healthcare-public submit anything?

Absolutely! Was there a nurse or doctor that made an experience especially awful, or especially good? We’re only human… Sometimes we forget that we’re being perceived somewhat skewedly because patients typically aren’t thinking completely straight when they’re in the hospital. Some of us really like to be reminded of what it’s like to be a patient. And some of us NEED to be reminded.

7. I submitted a story weeks/months ago! Why hasn’t it been posted yet?

Because I procrastinate. This is unfortunate, I know, but that’s how it is. I also work full-time and don’t post as much as I’d like. Every story submission is read and the ones appropriate to post will be posted in due time.

8. Who did that awesome Nurse Blythe painting in the upper right hand corner?

This guy!

9. Who made the buttons on the right side of the page?

I made them in Photoshop using the actual graphics from the blog, when I could. Some I had to do myself using the colors of the blog that I was buttoning. If you download any of these for your own use, consider linking back to my site.  The first 20 buttons were really fun to make, the rest – not so much. I tend to really procrastinate on adding links to the sidebar for this reason. If you think you could do better, be my guest.  Buttons are 90×25 pixels.

10. Image credits:

I used numerous Photoshop brushes for the header from people on deviantart.com: chokingonstatic, Forbidden-Stock, Shiranui.

Various buttons (technorati, facebook, etc) are courtesy of: FastIcon and AODdesign.

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Could you write something about your role as a patient advocate? And about how you would handle a med a doctor has ordered that is for a BP that’s already low, but the doc wants it even lower? The patient (my friend) had a pulse in the 40s and the nurse refused to give the BP med. The patient was mad, and I, a former tech, tried to explain why she may have done this…but if you have time, I’d love to see something about this. Also, does your hospital have some strict guidelines about what meds can/can’t be given under certain conditions? Thanks.

I care for a semi-comatose, dementia, AZ,bedridden adult,and she chokes alot while feeding her. She has dysphagia. She will take purreed food in mouth and not start chewing or chews and does not swallow. What is the correct way to feed and not have them choke? I understand about the relfex action to begin chewing. When she swallows, some is left in mouth, and sometimes she swallows 8 times for l teaspoon full.

wanna try and convince dave winer to give us a medblogger track at bloggercon III? stanford 11/6/04. are you free?


Hi, I am changing careers to become a nurse and I found your blog. I read it just to test my sanity — I am sure that I want to be nurse, but I’m not sure in what setting. Please have a look at my blog, comment if you like; I would love to have a link on your site and likewise. Thanks, Denise

Hello – I have a nursing student blog at http://www.theunlikelyrn.blogspot.com and would like to submit it so that any prospective or current nursing students can have another perspective on the saga/process/torture/joy that is nursing school.

I was going to ask whether you had come across theunlikelyrn, but I see that she has already alerted you to her presence. You should link to her on your page – her page is also a great nursing blog.

Hello there!

I was wondering if you help me out as I research work-related blogs. My research has just started and you find out information on what I’ve done at my own blog and I intend to keep interested parties updated as it progresses.

So, please if you can, will you complete a very brief questionnaire on work-related blogs at:


It’s all only totally anonymous!

Thanks and good luck with your blog.


Well, the first thing most of my patients say to the question “what brought you into the hospital today?” is.. the ambulance..SMILE
Surfing the web and found your site which is awesome by the way!! When I have time, after this semester runs out, I will come back and submit a story.. Thanks!

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Please take a moment to check it out.

- Amy

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Sincerest Regards,

Hey, I could not find your e-mail…sorry for OT.

I am hosting Grand Rounds next week and I have been appalled by the lack of nursing entries lately. Can you help me get more hursing entries (post a call for submission or e-mail your blog-friends)?

Please add my blog site to your link list. NPS Suvival. http://wwwnpblogger.blogspot.com/

Please add my blog site to your link list. NP’S Suvival. http://wwwnpblogger.blogspot.com/

Love your website, it’s awesome. I am an RN at UT Medical Center in Knoxville,TN. I just did a Thursday 13 meme on two days of nursing. Your welcome to pull it off my site and post it here if you like.

I have written a book about my time as an ER RN. Title is Mystic Nurse: Four Years in the ER. If you are interested in reviewing the book for this blog, please email me. A preview is available at http://www.amazon.com or http://www.lulu.com, just search for ‘mystic nurse’.


In behalf of the ‘iPhones in Medicine’ group in LinkedIn.com, I would like to invite you to join us in our discussion group. We believe that your expertise in the subject matter will be useful for our goals.

We intend to provide a channel for students, professionals and enthusiasts in the field of medicine where they can discuss issues using their iPhone software.

Our group is led by Dr. Jeremy Joslin, whom I have furnished a copy of this letter as well. You can join us here at http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/1641217.

We hope to hear from you soon.

I wanted to thank you for writing this blog. It is a refreshingly true look at what life in a hospital is really like. I’m sorry people but what you see on television even that trauma life in the er show just cannot compare to the actual being there feeling. Also the whole blog on coding…well that was awesome in itself! I got a good laugh out of some of it (only a medical professional can laugh at something like that and understand still the severity of the issue)…(eg. darn you i was just about to go to lunch…) is it not the truth though that just as you are about to leave the floor or take a break crap happens!

Anyhow thanks so much and have a wonderful week.

Your post is really great…


I am emailing in regards to advertising on your site for a client in the legal service. We are currently looking for residency for a skyscraper widget that would be suitable for a sidebar if you had advertising space available. Could you let me know your prices for different size options.

Kinds regards,
Kristian Bannister

Great blog! I would like to occasionally put your postings on our website, http://www.NurseJobsNationwide.com. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact me at kdaiuto@healthjobsnationwide.com

You may do so as long as you credit the source as http://www.codeblog.com. Thanks!

Love your blog! I’m a long-time follower, actually you inspired me to start a Nursing website myself. I would be honored if you let me know what you think about it!! (good and bad) it’s a brand new Question/Answer community for Nurses. http://www.NurseOn.com

Kind Regards,
Melissa RN

After leaving the hospital I had to take public transportation back home and hop onto the metro train. With my leg all wrapped up under my jeans I sat in the handicapped section and all manners of people giving me the evil look. Grrrr!

Hi There! First I have to say that I love your blog,it’s fun to hear stories from others in the same profession as myself, and it’s one of the inspirations I had to start me own. I am just starting out a blog about the life of a frugal nurse http://ladiesgofirst.wordpress.com and would love to hear what you think about it. Please feel free to email me at Ladiesgofirst85@gmail.com. Thank you so much!!


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We emailed you last week to inform you of your nomination. We are now pleased to let you know that you have made the final list! You can view the entire list here: http://onlinenursepractitionerprograms.com/nurse-practitioner-roundup/

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We hope this collection of top nurse practitioner resources will prove to be a valuable resource for you, your colleagues, and aspiring nurse practitioners.

Congratulations, and if you have any questions about how to incorporate the badge onto your site, please let me know – I’m happy to help!

Thank You,

Howdy would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using? I’m planning to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a difficult time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

I really like your blog. I am attempting to add extra content to my website, healthcarejobsearch.net and would like to include some of your work. Whatever is added will be credited back to codeblog.com.

Keep up the great work.


So, what brought you to the hospital today?

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