Blogs can be a great resource for information on a particular subject. They can also help you identify major players in a specific niche. Sometimes, blogs can even lead to networking opportunities, which can then lead to employment opportunities.
When it comes to nursing, there are a ton of great blog options that are filled with all kinds of helpful information. That makes it difficult to narrow down which nursing blogs you should be reading.
That’s why we’re here.
We compiled 24 of our favorite blogs with topics ranging from fun nursing blogs to helpful nursing student blogs to blogs that offer career tips for nurses. Bookmark this list for a great group of industry experts that can help you reach your nursing goals in the New Year!
Nursing blogs that focus on career help
Digital Doorway by Keith Carlson
NurseKeith dedicates his website to coaching current nurses with tips on furthering their profession and maintaining an enriched life. His commitment to helping nurses continue to pursue their passion without getting “burned out” has garnered him many awards in the blogosphere. He also is the co-host of RN.FM radio, an online radio station “on the pulse of nursing.” Follow NurseKeith on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.
Innovative Nurse by Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross forms the other half of the RN.FM radio team—an educational and entertaining online radio station for nurses. His blog covers advice from many experts on topics ranging from useful cell phone applications to commentary on current industry events. Follow Kevin Ross on Facebook, Google +, Pinterest and Twitter.
International Nurse Support by Joyce Fiodembo
Hosted by Joyce Fiodembo, many well-respected nurses from the online community contribute to this site. Articles range from resume advice to time-management tips. Fiodembo also includes a section of recommendations for minority nurses based on her experience as an immigrant to the U.S. Follow Joyce on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
The Nursing Site Blog by Kathy Quan
With over 30 years of experience, Kathy Quan truly has a lifetime of stories to tell. She conveys nursing career advice in articulate, digestible posts that are helpful to nurses at any stage of their career. Follow Kathy Quan on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
Off the Charts by American Journal of Nursing
Off the Charts is the American Journal of Nursing’s (AJN) online publication. The AJN is a well-respected industry publication and the online version follows suit. Its scientifically-backed posts are educational while at the same time accessible for all readers. Follow the AJN on Facebook and Twitter.
Nursing blogs for specific niches in the field
The Gypsy Nurse by Candy Treft
As a 20-year travel nursing veteran, Treft has a lot to offer future and current travel nurses. Her posts range from advice on surviving life on the road to fun contests and ways to interact with other nurses. Travel nursing has gained some interest in recent months with the controversial new reality show Scrubbing In. Treft’s website is a great place to go for a realistic portrayal of the travel nurse career. Follow GypsyNurse on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.
Rehab RN by RehabNurse
Rehab nurse offers a light-hearted and often comical view into the issues encountered by nurses working in rehabilitation. Chock full of relatable commentary – at times with life lessons outside the scope of nursing – this blog could easily be housed in the “entertainment” section as well.
Self-Employed Nurse by Erica MacDonald
Erica MacDonald’s focus is on how nurses can think like an entrepreneur. Her blog is mainly targeted at nurses that are looking to open their own business but it truly offers a wealth of advice to any nurse that is looking to grow their career. Follow Erica MacDonald on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.
Tales of a School Zoned Nurse by Mrs. Nurse
This blog from a school nurse is a beautifully-written portrayal of all aspects of the profession. For anyone that has a soft spot for children, Mrs. Nurse’s tales of real-life student issues will definitely hit home. And with her witty prose and rhythmic structure, this is another one that belongs just as much in “entertainment” as well.
Nursing blogs that provide reassurance & support
According to Kateri by Kateri Laurel
Kateri Laurel’s posting “Just a Nurse” has rightfully received mountains of attention from the nursing community. Her powerful assertion of the unique value and contributions of nurses to the medical community is a theme carried throughout her blog. Follow Kateri Laurel on Twitter.
Living Sublime Wellness by Elizabeth “Coach” Scala
Elizabeth Scala has devoted her website to relaxation, empowerment and stress-relief tips for nurses. With all of the pressures and stress points faced in a nursing career, Scala’s blog should not be missed by current or future nurses. Follow Coach Scala on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.
Nursing blogs that ensure student success
Different Types of Nursing by Tina Lanciault
Tina Lanciault’s blog is designed to be a resource for nurses that are looking to learn more about the career options available to them. With posts ranging from how to start your job search to in-depth profiles of some of the more obscure fields such as “yoga nurse,” Lanciault’s blog is a great resource for students and new nurses looking to prepare for entering the workforce. Follow Tina Lanciault on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
New Nurse Blog by Andria RN
Andria states in her “about me” profile that she created this blog as a place of support for nurses finishing their program or just starting their careers. Check out this blog for advice on everything from inserting an IV to finding a residency program. All with a little bit of humor sprinkled in.
New Nurse Success Shop by Renee Thompson
The second blog for Renee Thompson, New Nurse Success Shop is specifically aimed at nurses on the verge of their new career. Thompson has tapped into her veteran-blogging expertise to create a well-written dialogue surrounding the issues new nurses face and how to solve them. Follow Renee Thompson on Google+ and Twitter.
Nursing blogs on technology
The Nerdy Nurse by Brittney Wilson
No nursing blog list would be complete without Brittney Wilson. Her site covers the gamut of standard nursing topics but she really excels at helping nurses navigate the myriad of technology inundating the healthcare industry, evident by her newly published book, The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology: The Book. Follow The Nerdy Nurse on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.
Browne Knows Social Media by Kathi Browne
Just as the title of her blog would suggest, Kathi Browne shines at educating the healthcare community on the best ways they can utilize social media. From blog posts to broadcasts, her use of social media is an excellent illustration of how social media can impact medicine. Follow Kathi Browne on Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.
Nursing blogs on health & wellness
Frugal Nurse (anonymous)
Another 30-year healthcare veteran, the Frugal Nurse is a healthcare advocate in every sense of the word. Her blog focuses on how patients can save money while navigating the ever-bloating healthcare system.
Healthcare for Less by Michelle Katz
Nurse Michelle Katz offers advice in her blog to help patients become their own healthcare advocate. Her expertise on dealing with health insurance companies can help any patient traverse through their complex medical bills. Follow Michelle Katz on Facebook and Twitter.
Nurse Alice Benjamin by Alice Benjamin
Nurse Alice is known as a wellness expert. Her blog offers valuable health tips for patients from a nurse’s perspective with topics ranging from skin care to Obamacare. Follow Nurse Alice on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Nursing blogs designed to entertain
At Your Cervix (anonymous)
If you didn’t guess from the clever title, At Your Cervix is a blog written by a certified nurse midwife. With an entertaining spin on a somewhat sensitive subject, this well-written blog is a great resource for nurses and expectant mothers.
Head Nurse (anonymous)
Nurses are known for their particular brand of humor—often making light of morbid or gory situations that would make common folk squirm. This blog does a great job of even making HPV sound comical. Check out Head Nurse if you need a laugh after a long shift.
The Adventures of Nurse Niki by Julianna Paradisi
Nurse Juliana Paradisi’s second blog, The Adventures of Nurse Niki, follows the fictional world of an ER nurse. The addicting weekly drama is much more realistic than some of the popular daytime television shows and, although it’s not based in fact, the blog’s sentiments will ring true for any nurse. Follow Julianna Paradisi on Twitter.
Nursing blogs with established online communities
Scrubs Magazine Online (publication)
Scrubs is an amazing resource for nurses. Their panel of experts offers advice for nurses at any stage of their career, from looking for schools to planning for retirement and everything in between. Make sure to check them out if you are looking for a laugh or need some advice. Follow Scrubs on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
Nurse Together (publication)
Another all-access guide for nurses, Nurse Together breaks down its site into three sections: lifestyle, education and career. Its occasional Facebook memes also make great shareable material for all your nursing peers. Follow Nurse Together on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
To sum it up
There are a lot of talented nurses getting involved online. Each of these 24 blogs offers something unique to the nursing community. Don’t forget to bookmark this page so that you can be sure to come back to them and absorb all that they have to offer.
Can’t get enough of nurses in social media? We have compiled a great list of the best Nursing Pinterest boards too!