These blogs stand out as the very best in nursing. They will help you identify major players in a specific niche. Or even lead to networking and employment opportunities. One thing these best blogs all have in common: They stand out for their very high quality, warmth and passion. They entertain and inspire, while providing a look into what it takes to be a nurse.
We compiled 50 top blogs with topics ranging from fun nursing blogs, helpful nursing student blogs to blogs that offer career tips. Bookmark this list for a great group of industry experts and insiders that can help you reach your nursing goals. Or just make you feel good about what you do.
What follows is a list that includes the best of both personal blogs published by individuals and incredibly detailed, research-rich blogs run by institutions or groups. The list is a combination of personal selection and scientific rankings by Google.
Blog subject: Life as an E.R. nurse, personal anecdotes
EDNurseasauras, Still in the Trenches is a funny name for a blog, which in no way detracts from the content, which is superlative. You’ll enjoy the blogger’s sense of humor as she describes herself: she earned a BSN 34 years after finishing a diploma program and claims to be one of the world’s oldest nurses still working at the bedside. Meanwhile, she laments the fact that most of her peers have moved onto management, teaching, and bartending. All kidding aside, EDNurseasauras has been an ER nurse for 38 years and her musings and commentaries on that service are sometimes heart-tugging, other times insanely amusing, but always interesting and compelling reading. Thank goodness for bloggers like this who are willing to open up their lives to all of us who want an inside peak at what it’s really like working in the E.R.
Blog subject: best nursing practices, research reviews
Anyone involved in any way with the nursing profession would do well to check in regularly with this incredibly informative (and newsy) blog, which is produced by the editors and writers at Evidence Based Nursing magazine, a quarterly publication. This is an amazingly rich blog, and it is quite easy to navigate to the many postings available free on the home page. [There is even more content available if you are a subscriber to the magazine.] Use the pull down menus and click on all the content as you scroll down the page.
EBN selects from health-related literature, research studies and reviews that report on important advances relevant to best nursing practice. The clinical relevance and rigor of the studies is assessed by EBN bloggers to identify research that is relevant to nursing. A commentary on chosen articles identifies the key findings and relevant implications for clinical practice. Commentaries on chosen articles identifies the key findings and implications for clinical practice. This is impressive stuff for anyone in the profession just looking to keep up with the voluminous amount of technical and scientific research that comes out almost weekly, it seems. In contrast to those blogs that are personal diaries of the nursing experience, this particular blog is all facts, research and insights on recent developments in nursing practices. Highly recommended, it is the 50th top viewed blog, according to Google. The blog is owned by the BMJ Publishing Company, operating out of London, England.
Blog subject: nursing education
It’s not surprising that this blog, written by “Nurse Keith,” a self-professed nursing coach, has garnered a loyal following. The design of the page is simple and utilitarian and the postings are, in Nurse Keith’s own words, “reflections on nursing, coaching, healthcare, and other floatsam and jetsam.” You get the picture. His postings are filled with solid, but subjective content, presented in a casual, easy to access way.
Nurse Keith’s passion is coaching nurses and healthcare professionals so that they have the most satisfying personal and professional lives possible. Besides his posts, he offers coaching on a variety of life areas, including: self-care and burnout prevention, nurse entrepreneurship, career management, blogging and writing, social media and networking. Some of his most recent postings, for example, include movie reviews (“Bellhaven”) and book reviews (“The Call of Nursing.”). Nurse Keith’s alter ego is Keith Carlson, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is co-host and co-founder of RN.FM Radio.
Blog subject: alternative nursing careers, personal development
Tina Lanciault is a blogger who happens to also be a nurse. She has been writing about alternative nursing careers for about 4 years, and her website is a compilation of the of the resources that helped “turn her nursing career from an exhausted and resentful nurse into a nurse who feels empowered, energized and enthusiastic” about her life and career. What’s really cool is that the site is not just informational, it is uplifting, funny, inspirational, and most of all useful, chronicling the best in nursing.
Tina’s once called her blog “different types of nursing,” but she has switched gears, deciding not to just talk about alternative and unique nursing careers but to add personal development and career planning to better serve a nurse’s career needs. Lots of good, readable content here.
But be forewarned (and Tina is upfront about this): she does make money with advertising and links to products and services she uses.
Blog subject: diabetes
For the millions of people who have (and nurses who treat the disease), DiabeteSteps Rx® is not just a well-conceived, information packed website, but a full-service health and wellness organization, providing medical services aimed at the prevention and treatment of diabetes, and its associated medical conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and overweight and obesity.
The blog, and a virtual health clinic, is managed by company president, Cheryl Winter, a board certified family nurse practitioner (with advanced training in diabetes management), a registered dietician and a certified diabetes educator. The mission of the website and bloggers is to provide the tools needed to prevent diabetes, a disease that can occur in anyone, and the tools to improve the lives of the many people who do live with the disease on a daily basis, as well as prevent the many devastating health consequences that can occur without proper medical management. For those wanting to keep up with the latest diabetes research, this is the place to go.
Blog subject: Travel nursing, personal anecdotes
You’ll absolutely love this blog, written in very personal terms by Emily Bennett, 38, a flight nurse “adventurer.” She also describes herself in one of her blogs as a skydiver, a knitter, a reader of many things, a geek, a masochist, a wife, a step-mom, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a lover, a foodie, a flawed human, a writer . . . and a woman. Who wouldn’t be drawn to reading this blog?
Bennett has been blogging for 10 years, and besides the personal reflections on her profession, which are telling and interesting, her postings have morphed from being a place for her to express who she is and what interests her at a very raw, semi-uncensored level, to believing she needed to make it into something more educational or professional. So the blogs are all of the above. Fun, flighty, informative and totally invigorating. But just in case you think her comments might not be too well informed, know this: she has a Masters Degree in Nursing from University of Pennsylvania with a major in Adult Acute Care (Nurse Practitioner) and Minor in Health Informatics. Pretty strong credentials.
Blog subject: correctional (jailhouse) nursing
It’s one of the less talked about nursing fields: correctional nursing, and blogger Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN is a nurse author and educator specializing in the field of correctional health care. Schoenly has dedicated her blogging to making visible the challenging profession of nursing in a correctional environment. [She also has a podcast, Correctional Nursing Today, in which she reviews correctional healthcare news and interviews correctional health care leaders.]
Talk about stress. Nurses in this environment have to focus on care for incarcerated individuals in jails, prisons, and juvenile facilities: not easy duty. These patients are often the most needy and most disadvantaged citizens requiring quality healthcare. This population, she points out in one of her blogs, is growing. One in 100 Americans is in some part of the corrections system. Her website not only features her personal insights, but basic news items, social media insights and interviews. It’s a challenging field and Schoenly’s postings are in tune with the latest developments. For those interested in the field, this is indispensable.
Blog subject: oncological nursing
ONS Connect is the official site of the news magazine of the Oncology Nursing Society, and as such, it is contains an enormous number of postings relevant to this specialized field of nursing. A series of blogs can be found on a pull-down menu, and for people in the field (or considering it) the topics couldn’t be more important. Just recently, bloggers covered “Compassion burnout,” and “Tips to make your performance evaluation rock.”
The site currently posts blogs from more than 10 writers, and its diversity of thought that makes their opinions and insights so valuable. Besides the personal insights, there is a section on the latest oncology news and a series of well written columns. All of this is presented in a very clean, easy to navigate format. If this is your chosen field, ONS Connect should be where you check in regularly.
Blog subjects: oncology, clinical nursing
There are several reasons to gravitate to this blog, written by Colleen Villamin, but the bottom line is that Guarding the Nursing Profession is all about her pure and simple love and passion for nursing. Villamin’s credentials, meanwhile, are impeccable: she received her BSN at Texas Woman’s University in 2006. Her nursing career in oncology began in an inpatient Stem Cell Transplant unit at a NCI Cancer Center.
She is now pursuing a MSN as Clinical Nurse Leader at the University of Texas Medical Branch. But it’s her blogging that has people talking. A recent post is typical of her blogging: In it, she says, “We cannot remain silent when there are broken systems, inefficient processes, and continued patient safety concerns. There is so much to be done.” Indeed there is. And it’s forward thinking bloggers like Villamin who will be leading the way.
Blog subjects: acute patient care, plus inspirational anecdotes
Lorettajo Kapinos is a nurse on the run, which conveniently, is the name of her blog. What exactly does that mean? Her postings are all about educating her peers and simplifying physician queries. She has the experience to do so, having been a nurse for 15 years.
A University of Massachusetts graduate, Kapinos, who has been a nurse for 15 years, has explored long-term care, acute inpatient care and emergency nursing. She spent more than a decade in a large, level 1 trauma center. Her work as a blogger seems to be focused on inspiring other nurses, suggesting ways to give them confidence. A recent post, for example, talks about building confidence in an ever changing climate. Kapinos, quite rightly, feels that nurses should feel confident in whatever it is they do and her postings seem dedicated to that proposition.
Blog subjects: anecdotes by newly graduated nurses
If you are currently pursuing a degree in the nursing profession, or even if you have years of experience, you’re going to love this site, which features several young bloggers, “new to nursing.”
The freshness of perspectives here is inspiring. You’ll read thoughts and reflections by both very young female and males either currently in school or newly graduated nurses (“Getting used to being that nurse guy” is a blog by Frank Visco). The key to this very entertaining and often insightful series of blogs is that people new to nursing have a special perspective about the field: The challenges they face can range from heartbreaking or humorous. What makes this such an original series of postings is that it features a group in various stages of their nursing careers sharing their stories. Note: these are not just personal anecdotes. One post is about IVs and other skills.
Blog subject: information technology
Critical thinking is arguably still the most important skill in nursing; technological knowhow is probably a close second, and is an essential complement to critical thinking. From telemetry to PDAs, from scheduling to EHRs, nurses are surrounded by technology and the more they are involved in its creation, implementation and integration, the more useful they will find the tools – and the better care they can provide patients. It’s also the future of nursing and medicine, which is something all in the profession now recognize.
This is a terribly interesting and provocative site, featuring a series of posts for all levels of users, written by five bloggers. The purpose they say is to engage nurses in conversation about how technology is used in nursing. Both technophobes and uber-users will learn from a group of bloggers who are immersed in healthcare informatics, technological development and implementation. To quote from one of their more recent blogs, their aim is to create a culture of learning for RNs, but in a way that is user friendly. There’s a lot here, and it’s well worth your while if you’re in the profession.
Blog subject: how politics is affecting the practice of medicine
You knew someone had to put together a blog on the politics of healthcare, but the way this blog presents information is about as non-partisan as I’ve ever seen.
The blogs are maintained by ADVANCE (advanceweb.com) staff, by posting press releases from a variety of sources including the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other government entities that affect healthcare. The commentaries are by Mike LaMagna, a Connecticut- and New York-licensed attorney and nursing home administrator who practices healthcare regulatory, elder law/special needs and trusts and estates law. LaMagna has experience representing clients and facilities alike and is champion for quality patient care. We would particularly recommend his June blog on the VA crisis in healthcare for veterans as a posting worth reading and then talking about.
Blog subject: anecdotes from a veteran nurse; ways to de-stress
Not all of our top nursing blogs are all dry research, data and information and no sass. Witness the popular “Nursing: You Wanna Know What I Think? which is a good example of a playful blog. Here you have a blogger with more than 40 years of experience doing the posting. Pat Veitenthal, a former per diem nursing supervisor began her nursing career at the age of 17, going from CNA to LPN to ASN to BSN. With experience in more than a dozen different practice arenas, her primary area of expertise is ER and critical care. Now retired, she writes this blog while living the good life, she said, at her home near the ocean. And she has a lot of wisdom to impart.
What those in the profession will love about her postings is Veitenthal’s candor and her sense of humor. The blogs range from entertaining: When the boss is out to get you; to essential: Don’t blame Obamacare for insurance woes, or her take on marijuana. In the final analysis, when Veitenthal asks, “You wanna know what I think?” the answer is “Yes Pat,” a lot of people want to know what you think.
Blog subject: infection prevention
Among the many subject areas that nurses need to constantly keep an eye on are the latest in research and scientific developments in infection control and patient safety. Fortunately, that’s the keen focus of this very informative site, which posts the comments of seven different bloggers.
One of the groups’ guiding principles is the prevention of medical catastrophes caused by the lack of infection prevention, particularly in the facilities where nurses work. That’s a rich subject to explore in blogs, and they do so in various posts, for example, one posting in which they discuss the importance of healthcare workers getting flu vaccinations. Over and over, the group share their expertise and experience in infection control, and they hope their space will give others an opportunity to share opinions and comments as professionals who deal with this important topic each and every day.
Blog subject: new nurses talk about their early experiences
From one new practitioner to another, these bloggers, posting on New Grad NP, include some tidbits to help new graduates surmount the inevitable challenges associated with nursing work. The postings are written by three bloggers, but several others have contributed over the years with tales of their early days in the nursing profession.
These kinds of blogs always draw in diverse viewers; new nurses and students, and older, wiser nurses out to reminisce and reflect on their past. Both perspectives are represented here. The range of subjects is amazing. One blog is a year in review piece, another tackles the subject of challenging patients in a correctional facility. The fun of it is in following these new nurses as they just begin to explore their careers.
Blog subject: advice and general advice about nursing
Here is an omnibus site that pulls together the best of Advance for Nurses web blogs, an online community. The blogs selected by the site manager offers up timely questions, advice and viewer comments about the nursing field, connecting nursing professionals nationwide.
The call what they are doing Nurse POV, Point of View, and the purpose of the site appears to be as both a one stop shop for information and a recruiting tool: you want to blog about some kind of nursing you’re doing? Why not do it for us?
The strategy is working. Judging simply by this site, which is a good starting point for getting the latest information about the profession, these are highly professional, well produced, nicely laid out blog sites. So, if you want to blog, this might be a good place to start. It’s worth a try.
Blog subject: hospice care
It’s not slick. It’s not corporate. But it’s true to the heart of nursing, and it’s real. Code blog, tales of a nurse are the musings of a nurse who has been through it all, and lived to tell the “tales.” Written by Geena, a hospice care nurse with 15 years experience (not all in hospice) this well written, very clever blog is about her experiences as a nurse, and the experiences of others in the healthcare system – patients, nurses, doctors, paramedics. They all have stories, Geena says. And she’s a good story-tellers.
Among top nursing blogs this might be the only one written by a hospice nurse, so it’s logical that many of her postings talk about death. But not in a morbid way. And not in a way that is scaring off readers. There is passion and compassion in her words when she writes about death and the process of dying, something hospice nurses deal with every shift. There is also much self examination here, when Geena asks herself “I guess I (and you?) might be wondering if maybe this blog is going to turn into all-death-all-the-time. Well, that’s entirely possible. Death rather fascinates me and it always has. I have no idea (well, ok, I do) why I waited so long to get into hospice.” When a blogger is as good as Geena is, no subject is off limits.
Blog subject: case studies by professors at University of Chicago
The blogs on this site are taken right out of the classroom. This is a clinical case study site posted as part of a curriculum of medicine by professors at the University of Chicago, and to students and experienced nurses alike, the cases all have great educational value.
A little background: This case-based curriculum was started by physicians at Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University for the purpose of medical education (no real-life case descriptions are included). All case descriptions are fictional, similar to the descriptions you can find in a multiple choice questions textbook for board exam preparation. Still, the lessons are invaluable teaching tools. There are videos explaining how to conduct physical exams, and a fully-fledged ECG-trainer online.
Blog subject: school nursing
“Tales” is one of those charming slice of life blogs, this one written by a school nurse. I love these blogs. Everyone who ever attended any school at one point or another had to deal with a school nurse, and did you ever wonder about their experiences? That’s what this very warm, funny and sometimes serious blog is all about.
The blogger, no name given, is a school nurse doing what school nurses do: standing rigid in the front-lines of the war against lice, patching up playground boo-boos, begging parents to bring their child’s emergency medication to school, and helping the snacks in the teacher’s lounge mysteriously disappear. She covers two elementary schools and a middle school that she laughingly refers to as Disneyland, Diabetic Land, and Teenage Wasteland. Sometimes her job is funny, sometimes it’s heartbreaking, and sometimes it’s rewarding in a way words can’t describe; above all, it’s unique. As is this blog.
Blog subject: instructional videos, case studies
Another cases blog, this one a bit less clinical than Cases and Images, but still coming from professors at the University of Chicago. The site includes several instructional videos, such as the Mayo Clinic’s Patient Education video series on constipation or a blog on how twitter brings patients to the Mayo Clinic.
The site links to several other categories of medicine, from cardiology to pulmonary or oncology. The site is updated daily. All cases, bloggers stress, are fictional. These are the kinds of sites that students flock to, but if you’re already a nurse, it’s good to ascertain where your profession is headed, and college professors usually know.
Blog subject: lifestyle magazine format
Call Lights is an online lifestyle magazine written by nurses for nurses. Some postings (articles) are of a general nature —after all, nurses are people too — but in other nursing related articles, an RN offers knowledgeable advice about what to do if you accidentally miss a shift. It’s a mistake nurses dread making, but a professional recovery is possible. The ezine portends to summon the power of nurses while covering social events and parties.
What’s really unusual about this is its swift move from town to town due to inclement weather. If you can’t keep up with them, simply contact us for more information about upcoming events.
Blog subject: communication, using social media
If your organization needs a lesson in new social media, ask Kathi Browne, a self-described healthcare social media evangelist ready to help healthcare-related groups master communication using innovative technology. This is a nicely designed website, but understand, it is a walking advertisement for Ms. Browne’s services.
Communication isn’t just for touting a business, she believes (and she’s right). Good communication is a tool to better patient outcomes, smarter use of time, and more current information sharing. That is what she offers.
There is some free content here: videos posted when you click on healthcare tech. I enjoyed the videos on Google Glass.
But again, this site is a sales tool intended to sell you on her services (on which we have no opinion, either positive or negative). Browne talks with well-known experts about communication tools and technologies in live broadcast events called health care hangouts. These recorded discussions often spawn many insightful conversations that take place in her healthcare talk and healthcare glass explorers communities.
Blog subject: medication
Medication is the focus of this highly intelligent, fact-filled website, with blogs by Barbara Olson, a registered nurse who completed a fellowship with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Olson’s subject of choice concerns medication and patient safety. If you prescribe, dispense, or administer medications you’ll find information to help you identify and evaluate safest medication use practices at On Your Meds. The information offered by the blog author is consistent with current safety practices and should be used to stimulate discussion and evaluation.
Posts by Olson address beliefs, habits, and activities that may impact safest use of medications while they are in the control of professionals and consumers. The site does ask for reader comments, but they are subject to Medscape’s community code of conduct. Individuals seeking specific information about a drug’s efficacy, indication, dose, or safety profile should consult an appropriate drug information resource. But short of that, this blogger knows her stuff and this is a site that is well worth checking out on a regular basis.
Blog subject: women’s health
WebMD runs a group of expert blogs and this one, focused on Women’s Health issues, is among their best. Written by two bloggers, both doctors, Jane Harrison-Hohner, and Laura Corio, their postings feature commentary on a gamut of women’s health issues. Both Harrison-Hohner and Corio are detail-oriented physicians and their coverage of major issues is precise and understandable…not just by nurses, but by the general public as well.
Briefly, their credentials: Harrison-Hohner is a women’s health care nurse practitioner with nearly 30 years of experience. She is a certified menopause clinician and has been a frequent speaker on issues related to women’s health. Corio, meanwhile, is a board certified ob-gyn with a successful medical practice in New York City. She is also an attending physician at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she teaches medical students and residents. This is a strong blog site, and an important one that should be read on a regular basis.
Blog subject: the heart
Another WebMD blogger expert, cardiologist James Beckerman offers his expertise on a number of subjects, heart related. But the main thrust of his postings is this: Beckerman believes heart disease can be prevented.
Your personal choices, he believes, have a big impact on your risk of heart attacks and strokes and his blogs are here to provide insights into how making small, livable lifestyle changes can have a real impact on your heart health. Beckerman doesn’t blog much anymore, but the site is still online and his past postings are worth reading and his advice followed. Blogs such as “Heart Health at Any Age” stand the test of time, which is probably the reason why his postings are still popular and much viewed.
Blog subject: all subjects by Johns Hopkins students, professors
Any nursing blogs produced by the internationally prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing can be expected to include first-rate examinations of critical issues in the field, and this site certainly meets, or even exceeds expectations. Written by former and current students and faculty staff the blogs represent a full range of nursing experiences, from students relating their impressions on a mission trip to St. Croix, Haiti, where they learned about and contribute to public health in that country, to more generalized blogging subjects like healthcare simulations and aging issues.
Although viewers might be tempted to stay away from the site, believing it to be for Johns Hopkins’ students or graduates only, that would be a mistake. If you are vitally interested in nursing, then there is great value in keeping up to date with the goings on at one of the world’s greatest teaching institutions.
Blog subject: healthcare compliance issues, regulations
Produced and managed by HCPro, a company that provides information to the healthcare compliance, regulation, and management industry, the Leader’s Lounge is a blog written for nursing managers. And it’s amazing. The range of subjects on this blog is truly mind-boggling, until you realize the scope of functions a nursing manager must master.
On the home page, managers can explore blogs on everything from psychological situations at work: nurse to nurse hostility, nurse to physician communication and leadership and care for the caregiver, to technology, finance and budgeting. No wonder this is such a popular site destination. The blog’s stated mission is improving healthcare through superior education, regulatory compliance, and practical tools and guidance.
Blog subject: a fun look at the profession
Ok, so it’s called the Ultimate Nurse blog and its written by bloggers Peter, Jenna and Janet (no last name given) and its filled with posts that are fun (nurse photo contest) and practical (job outlooks, nursing as a second career). So far, so good. This is an example of a blog that is so interesting in terms of the topics selected, readers just keep coming back and it almost doesn’t matter that the bloggers don’t exactly post a lot.
That said, the bloggers are good writers and they communicate in a way that other nurses, and friends of nurses can enjoy and relate to. The site has an extensive archive of past blogs going all the way back to 2008. Hopefully, based on what has already been posted on Ultimate Nurse, they’ll get back to work on their blog.
Blog subject: posts by a major staffing company
You might think that a blog managed (and owned) by Sunbelt Staffing, an employment agency, would just be about using their services and available jobs. Well, this blog is all that and a lot more … of significant value. But let us be clear: a large portion of the Sunbelt Staffing site is devoted to job openings and how Sunbelt can play a role in your gaining employment.
That said, blogger Howard Gerber is a wonderful writer with a good sense of the topics that interest nurses, and anyone even marginally taken in by the profession would do well to check this blog on a regular basis to see what Gerber is writing about. The blogs come fast and furious here…no waiting weeks or months, which makes content fresh, relevant and up to the minute.
Blog subject: tips from a major staffing firm
Soliant Health, which runs this blog, is one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the U.S., which makes this an attractive online destination for nurses, both those looking for work or those looking to switch employers.
The content of the blog is spot on, however. Commendations are due immediately for a June posts listing the handiest medical apps for Apple devices. Blogger Tera Tuten is also wise to mine the thoughts and mindset of her followers by running a contest inviting readers to post their special nursing moments. That kind of social interaction, played up by the blog, is the kind of activity that brings the community of nurses together, and makes this blog a go-to destination.
Blog subject: clinical practice and education
You’ll fall in love with Renee Thompson’s RT Connections (RT, get it?), which is about her life above and beyond nursing. Anything goes with her, thank goodness. A recent blog, for example, is a post on bullying, something school nurses might have to deal with.
Thompson has more than 23 years healthcare experience including clinical practice, nursing education, quality management and executive leadership, so she has a lot of information to impart. And, she’s a published author. No surprise there, since her blogs are well written slices of life. The goal of the blog is to inspire current and future nurses, and judging by the content of her blog, she is doing exactly that.
Blog subject: technological advancements in the workplace
Transforming health care through technological innovation is the stated purpose of this blog produced by HIMSS, a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Sounds like a mouthful, but in fact, the bloggers, and there are too many individuals blogging to mention here, are good at communicating the latest developments in nursing technologies.
It is no longer the wave of the future to say that IT in the hands of medical practitioners will save lives, and this blog is on the cutting edge of research. But don’t be intimidated. The postings are easy to read and the subjects are not always just about IT issues. One of their recent blogs is about the benefits of mentorship; another simply is a personal story, the bloggers “personal journey into the world of nursing informatics.” Technology is moving fast. Blogs like this make all that is happening in technology a little bit easier to understand.
Blog subject: education, teaching nursing
How could anyone pass up a blog with a fun name called Noggin Blog? Even better is the blog’s mission. It’s for nursing and healthcare instructors/educators, providing teaching tips, resources and suggestions for bringing technology into the classroom.
The home page is a joy to behold, with fun graphics spouting several reasons to be glad it’s a Friday after a full week of work. Nikki Yeager is the blogger and she has a wonderful sense of humor, as evidenced by her postings. Aimed at teachers, Yeager blogs about summer vacations, summer travel discounts, and the importance of using summer as a time to de-stress. Her personal observations about life are priceless. This is a most enjoyable blog, and a fun read for anyone, not just nurses.
Blog subject: diversity in the workplace
The blogs here are part of a greater DiversityNursing.com website, which launched in 2007 as a career job board and Information resource for nurses, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, education, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or physical characteristics. Written by several different bloggers, the postings are meant to appeal to nurses at all levels of experience— student nurses up to CNO’s.
Diversity in the workplace is certainly a topic worthy of a blog and this one does not disappoint, covering a wide variety of topics such as how men are rapidly joining the nurse workforce. Another blog is aimed at the school nurse population, and explains how giving school nurses access to medical records improves care. Of course, besides the blogs, followers can learn about schools or potential employers with some quick clicks around the website.
Blog subject: best practices
While BluePipes is a professional networking platform dedicated in general to healthcare professionals, many of the BluePipes blogs revolve around best practices in resume writing and how to find a job. Considering the growing job market for nurses now and in the future, that’s not a bad place to be, and these postings should be amazingly helpful for young, or even experienced nurses looking for work.
Although there are some unnamed guest bloggers here, most of the posts are written by Kyle Schmidt, director of product at BluePipes. Schmidt cleverly has tailored his blogs to fit this time of year, when nursing schools have had graduation and students are seeking work. How to craft a resume, who to send it to, recognizing your strengths as a nurse… all are topics on the table, presented in several postings. The blogs are easy to read, well written and relevant.
Blog subject: warm stories, anecdotes about a life in nursing
This is one of those warm, inviting blogs posted by someone you instantly realize has years of experience in her profession. Nurse Barb Dehn is a nurse practitioner, but she also advertises herself as a mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor. People, she says, were always asking her for health advice. Hence the blog. Let’s be clear then: Nurse Barb, the blog, is out to inform followers who are not necessarily already in the profession. This is not an insider blog, but an advice column by a nursing professional, offering over the counter tips on health… and life.
The blog translate complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. Nurse Barb is out to help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family. It’s a great blog. And the language she uses is similar to that which you might use in speaking to a friend over a cup of coffee. Friendly. Informative. And well written.
Blog subject: the real life of a busy nurse
How can anyone not love this blog? It is the best of what blogs have always been about from the start, personal stories or, as she says, a living ongoing real time diary, a peek into the life “of me.”
The blogger (since 2008) is a stair-stepper nurse, who went from CNA to RN, while being a Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) patient, wife, and mother of two. What draws people to this blog is her joy of nursing, combined with a diary like journey through the ups and downs of nursing school, the roller-coaster that is marriage and the drama of parenting teens. All while attempting to start a nursing career, furthering her education, and losing weight. Nursing students and experienced caregivers will easily be able to relate to this compelling blog, which just keeps getting more interesting with every posting, reflecting the twists and turns in her life.
Blog subject: tales of a Certified Nurse Midwife
Sometimes the title of a blog tells it all: in this case, At Your Cervix: Tales of a new CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife), year one. The postings are intensely personal, fun, and give a good insight into the mindset of someone who wants to be a CNM. A favorite post: “What I wish I learned about in School.” The blogger, who doesn’t give her name, insists she is not posting medical advice, only her thoughts and opinions; a good enough reason to visit this blog regularly.
The blogger is an avid supporter of natural childbirth, although, she does support each individual woman’s decisions for the birth that she wants to have. “Epidural? Yep. If that’s what you want. C-section? Ok, as long as you have full informed consent (the same with epidurals).” She points out that nothing is without risk: nothing. Even a simple vaginal birth has its own risks involved. And so a disclaimer (for those who follow the blog): always consult with your midwife or physician about your own health care.
Blog subject: nurse practitioners
Posted by “NPs Save Lives” is a nurse practitioner blog/website with information relevant to nurse practitioner practice. The blog also includes links to other nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical professional sites.
As with all of the most popular nursing blogs, this mixes personal anecdotes, some venting, and reflections on a nursing life with practical information. This nurse, based in Florida (the only clue to her identity), has much to say about the field and her life in it. Issues like burnout, and how to prevent it…and whether to shadow a location before working there, offer great personal insights on how this woman dealt with the ups and downs of her working nursing life. NP’s blogging is wonderfully conversational, but she also links to sites that would help others learn more about the profession.
Blog subject: travel nursing
Travel nurses are hired by travel agencies for their ability to hit the ground running. Travel Nurses is a blog, more like a forum, for all things pertaining to the occupation. The forum aspect of this blog is what makes it different from most of the other blogs on this list.
In effect, it’s “all in” as registered visitors can post comments on the blog to their hearts content. And they do. What are current pay rates for California hospitals? Patient ratios in an ICU in Indiana? Politics in a Florida hospital? Can you find housing in New York City? These are just some of the current topics being discussed on this incredibly useful blog. Anything goes on this site. But you need to know that allnurses.com covers just about all specialties in the profession. It’s the travel nursing page, however, that gets all the traffic, and isn’t that appropriate? Well managed, go to this site and you’ll be able to read about issues relevant to different parts of the country. A terrific blog.
Blog subject: clinical nursing, life in the E.R., inspirational anecdotes
If you haven’t seen her on TV or listened to her on the radio, you might have visited her blog. She’s nurse Alice Benjamin, a nationally board certified clinical nurse specialist with over 15 years experience in cardiovascular health. She is a community health activist and involved member of several professional health organizations. Most notably she is the first African American nurse elected to the American Nurses AssociationCalifornia Board of Directors, is an American Heart Association spokesperson. And that’s just the half of it.
Benjamin’s blog, Tips to Living a Healthy Life, revels in the joy of nursing and helping others. As a heart specialist, she has posted tips on keeping your heart healthy and ways to de-stress. This is a highly professional blog with portals that can even help you understand the Affordable Care Act. The content here is off the chart useful, presented in an easy to view format.
Blog subject: prestigious postings by the AJN
Off the Charts is an American Journal of Nursing blog and as such, presents a wealth of material posted by the best writers in the medical field. Content is king here. Scroll through the posts and you’ll find articles of all types made available.
Editors and staff writers at the magazine understand what’s important to rank and file nurses, and the mix of posted articles reflect that insider knowledge. One posting discusses health care disparities for LGBT patients. Another posting concerned the legitimacy of “handshake free” health care. Get the picture? The range of ideas covered in this blog is enormous, or should we say enormously helpful?
Blog subject: legal issues in nursing
This blog offers no legal advice, but it does provide useful commentary on legal issues facing nurses. The blogger, hereafter known as the Nursing Law Bandit according to the recount of its success by Maedgen Accident Attorneys in Dallas, is a nurse license defense attorney and consultant and the posts discuss certain legal situations that nurses can face.
Some sample posts include: Retaining a lawyer to defend your nursing licenses and regulatory compliance and the nurse business owner. Obviously this is a blog worth bookmarking, but it’s not for everyone, although we would recommend that it be looked at on a regular basis because you might someday need the kind of advice the Nursing Law Bandit dispenses on a regular basis. The categories covered from the blog range from Criminal Law 101 to Substance Use, and Abuse. This is a blog with bite. Go to it as a starting point if you need advice, prior to finding a lawyer.
Blog subject: life lessons
This is a great blog that (like all the good ones) mixes life lessons with wise advice based on experience. The blogger, Kateri, is young and mobile. In her mid 20s, she lives in New York City, and received her Associate’s of Applied Science in Nursing from St. Joseph’s College of Nursing and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Le Moyne College, both in Syracuse NY. She works as a Registered Nurse in Pediatric Intensive Care and recently left the small city she had spent her entire life in to start over in Manhattan.
Kateri’s blog started as an attempt to take ownership over her health at a time when she was feeling helpless and out of control. In recent months as her life has made big changes she has used the blog to share those life changes and her feelings related to them. Her blog is an opportunity to process and share her thoughts and experiences as she works to focus her energy on health and happiness in a way different than I have in the past. The diary like moments in her life leading up to the present are compelling. It would not be fair to say that Kateri’s experiences are almost soap opera-ish. But they are always interesting and instructive.
Blog subject: life lessons through humor
Like cartoons? Then this is the blog for you. About a nurse is a nursing cartoon series that comments on serious issues in humorous ways. For example: Snow related cartoons answering the question, would you work on your day off? Or how to deal (in a cartoonish way) with hard to manage patients.
There is little information about who does the posting on this entertaining blog, but it almost doesn’t matter. The illustrations are good enough to appear in the New Yorker. Great stuff. Pointed commentary in very few words. Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words. You’ll love the blog. I just would like to see more posts by this talented illustrator.
Blog subject: male nurses
There aren’t many blogs that deal specifically with men in nursing, so these postings can legitimately be called important and in some sense unique. The purpose of AAMN is to provide a framework for nurses, as a group, to meet, to discuss and influence factors, which affect men as nurses.
The postings’ stated objectives include encouraging men of all ages to become nurses and join together with all nurses in strengthening and humanizing health care. And to advocate for continued research, education and dissemination of information about men’s health issues, men in nursing, and nursing knowledge at the local and national levels. The site, however, is more a vehicle for AAMN.org than your more traditional blogs. With that understanding, the blog serves an under-represented population in the blogosphere.
Blog subject: The future of nursing
What could be more relevant to today’s nursing community than a blog totally devoted to (and called) 21st Century Nursing? This blog is all about educating nurses about new technology, modality of new disease transmission, changing labor force, and the ever changing financials that affect the practice of nursing.
The postings, by Epstein LaRue, a traveling nurse and published author, are well thought out commentaries on nursing activities. As a traveling nurse, LaRue’s comments about events and issues around the country and the world are particularly noteworthy. She has a loyal following, and reading these posts, it’s easy to realize why.
Blog subject: a life in nursing, anecdotes about motherhood
The best bloggers know how to relate, through their postings, moments in their life that others can understand. So it is with Nurse Lochia, who since 2007 has been blogging on her life experiences. Of course, she’s a nurse, working a night shift as an L&D RN in a medium size hospital in the Midwest. She is also a mother of four children.
She is brutally honest about her own life. She became “unexpectedly” pregnant July 2009, but sadly that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. She’s had a wide range of OB experiences: from a vaginal birth, emergency c/s, scheduled delivery, preterm delivery, incomplete miscarriage and all of those fun medications used to stop preterm labor. This blog is about her experiences as she stumbles through motherhood, all mixed in with her experiences as a L&D RN, having been on both sides of the stirrups and surgeon’s blade. This blog draws you in like a magnet. Her life is laid open like a book with postings that you won’t soon forget after reading them. May this blog go on forever…or at least another 10, 20 years.