Looking for insight, information, and interesting material to fill your reading list? These top ten blogs for nurses will keep your bookmark section full, fascinating, and fun-filled.
The word “blog” didn’t exist until 1999, when a man named Peter Merholz coined it to describe an informative online collection of works. In just 17 years, blogs have gone from the equivalent of online diaries to a media force that rivals print in some cases – one need only to look at Huffington Post.
There are blogs on every conceivable topic known to man, including thousands devoted to the healthcare industry. Of these, ones specifically targeting health professionals – and more specifically, nurses – are so numerous as to pose a challenge to those seeking the best of the best.
With the demands of a career in healthcare, whether as a student or practitioner, there just isn’t a lot of time to spend sorting the wheat from the chaff – which is why we’ve done it for you. Without further ado, we present The Top 10 Blogs for Nurses in 2016 – your one stop station with ten terrific reading destinations.
Nursing blogs can be extremely valuable sources of information. Whether you are a nursing student, or a practicing nursing, reading the work of experienced nurses can help you improve as a professional. This list allows you to skip the headache of finding the best blogs, while still taking advantage of what nursing blogs have to offer.
(Author’s note: This list comprises our picks for the best blogs for nurses – which isn’t the same thing as the best websites for nurses. We’ll cover online healthcare resources later. For now, these are the best blogs out there penned by and for nurses looking for unofficial advice, camaraderie, and commentary. Blogs are listed alphabetically, in the interest of fairness!)
1. Digital Doorway
Nurse Keith Carlson is a regular fixture on RN.FM Radio, which is (what else?) an online radio station dedicated to the field of nursing. Nurse Keith has become well known as “the nurse” of the social media landscape, assisted by his incredible blog on which he posts several times a week; usually anything related to nursing including tips as well as his own personal experiences.
2. DiversityNursing Blog
The Diversity Nursing Blog is, as the name suggests, devoted to diversity in health care. A variety of authors collaborate to bring different viewpoints on everything that could possibly fall within the domain of nursing, and the format includes varied forms of media such as articles, infographics, and more.
3. ER Nurses Care
ER Nurse Leslie Block is responsible for this fantastic blog, which offers advice and insight to both active nurses and those considering a nursing career. Her solid grasp of the industry and hands on presentation make this blog a must read.
4. Innovative Nurse
Who is Kevin Ross, RN? He’s Nurse Keith’s co-host on RN.FM Radio, and has his very own blog as well. Another social media presence with a strong following, Nurse Keven doesn’t post as often as his counterpart – but when he does it’s always worth a read.
5. International Nurse Support
For those seeking extra diversity and a focus on helping minority nurses, Joyce Fiodembo’s personal experiences as detailed on her blog are certain to be helpful. The blog also includes frequent and abundant guest posts written by a wide range of reputable nurses and healthcare professionals. Expect career tips, how-to’s, resume advice, and more!
6. JParadisi RN’s Blog
The different perspectives offered by blog author Julianna Paradisi shows her passion for science, humanity, and art for an unusual and welcome approach to nursing. Her other blog, The Adventures of Nurse Niki, is also a fantastic read; written as a blog/novel hybrid, it follows Paradisi’s alter ego, the fictional Niki, through realistic nursing experiences with humor and insight.
7. The Nerdy Nurse
Brittney Wilson is well known in the nursing blogosphere for not only her blog, The Nerdy Nurse, but her book – The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology: The Book. If your looking for a tech aspect to the nursing field, Wilson has it covered.
8. The Nursing Site Blog
The Nursing Site Blog is authored by Kathy Quan, who has been an RN for 35 years. Her expertise and keen sense of what is important shine through in every post – providing a seemingly unending font of wisdom from which her readers can benefit.
9. Off the Charts
American Journal of Nursing (AJN) publishes online as Off the Charts, a less quirky and fun read as many of the other blogs on our list, but a must-not-miss experience for anyone who is taking nursing seriously. For those who appreciate science and research backing their reading material, you can’t go wrong with this blog.
10. Your Nursing Career
Last but certainly not least, 20 year RN and nursing veteran Tina Lanciault’s blog is dedicated to helping nurses succeeded in their chosen career; and her effective, fun to read, and easy to digest posts make her blog one of the most valuable resources an eager to learn nurse can find.
Did a favorite blog of yours not make the list? Clue us in in the comments!