Our advice column #asktheNP |The Change of Shift Podcast recap Ep 5

Screen Shot 2015-09-26 at 8.41.32 PMProceeding with our advice segment: hashtag #asktheNP. Advice for the Nurse out there about all things a Nurse could encounter. In episode 5 we discuss the overall goal of the #asktheNP hashtag.


 We started with an Episode 4 recap: What it takes to be a nurse. We re-emphasized the shift in our attention in the wake of the ‘Stethoscope Incident’. We’re utilizing the momentum to bring attention to the topics in our profession that we are passionate about, that matter the most to us (your hosts):
  • Educating Nurses
  • Ending lateral violence amongst all health care providers
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Vaccines

Ultimately #asktheNP really brings home our concept of ‘shared suffering’. All Nurses ‘suffer’ through similar experiences. We use the term ‘suffer’ loosely (no, we’re not actually suffering. But it sure feels that way sometimes). We’re out to give lateral support to all Nurses, one Nurse at a time.

In the early days of the ‘hashtag’ it was a tool that was created on the social network Twitter.

Hashtag:  “a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic”

Before the Twitter juggernaut developed their amazing search feature, there was no way to ‘look’ for similar interests, or users you might find interesting. The hashtag filled that void. It made terms/words/values:

  • Searchable
  • Used to monitor  trends
  • Explain trends
  • Track like-minded concepts
  • #followfriday
  • #nursesunite

#asktheNP will be a way to reach out to the nursing community. To seek out help. To ask for advice, to look for answers and to ‘share in your suffering’. The nursing profession’s  virtual assistant so-to-say.

Some examples of the hashtag:

As you can see, it can serve many functions. We need to have fun.

The last part of this episode we dedicated to helping out a high school student with a school project. Hannah had a 25-question questionnaire for us. She had to learn about a health care profession, and she chose to learn about Nursing.

Here were a handful of her questions:

1. What skills are required in your position on a day to day basis?

2. What parts of your job do you find most challenging?


3. What do you do if you can’t solve a problem on your own?

4. What kinds of decisions do you make?

5. How has your job affected your lifestyle?

As always, we tend to be long-winded, so towards the end our answers were shotgun style. We had a lot of fun. Hannah’s questions sparked ideas for future show episodes.

We can’t thank everyone enough for following along on this journey. It’s been a while ride thus far. We’re still ironing out the wrinkles concerning our Podcast syndication, finding some sort of schedule for our Podcast and of course giving our website some need attention.

I’m tinkering around with the idea of having single-hosted Podcasts when the occasion arises. I just have so much circling through my mind, and want to share it!

Not to mention, this Podcasting thing is extremely addicting! (Thank you Blab)

Don’t forget to use the hashtag:  #asktheNP

Be sure to connect with us!

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AsktheCoS

Facebook fans https://www.facebook.com/TheChangeOfShift


Until next time, remember to always check your own pulse first!


Next Podcast

The Change of Shift Podcast | Ep 6 Interview with #nurse Lisa Ford: Postpartum RN and MSN student #nurse

28 September 9 pm est on Blab

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