Blogs can be a great resource for information on a particular subject. They can help you identify major players in a specific niche, teach you about new techniques and trends in your field, lead to networking opportunities and possibly even help you find a job.
When it comes to nursing, there is a wealth of blog options that are filled with resources and information for every type of nurse. With so many options, it can be daunting to find a blog relevant to your specific nursing goals.
That’s why we’re here. We compiled 30 of our favorite blogs with topics ranging from entertaining nursing stories, to blogs specifically for nursing students, to blogs that offer the latest news in the nursing world. Bookmark this list so you can stay up-to-date on the latest in the nursing world.
Nursing blogs for nursing students
Need a break from studying? These blogs are a fantastic read for any nursing student:
1. Calling All Nurses
Run by the NCLEX test prep company, Kaplan, Calling All Nurses caters to prospective students and nursing students. A highlight is their NCLEX Prep and Study Tips section, which offers an array of helpful articles to inform and educate students on each section of the NCLEX.
2. Fresh RN
Kati Kleber, RN, started Fresh RN as a means of helping new nursing graduates acclimate to the world of nursing. The site includes resources on graduate school, nurse specialties and clinicals for nursing students.
The self-proclaimed goal of NRSNG is to “change nursing education forever.” The blog consists of numerous podcasts, study guides and practice questions for nursing students. A team of real nurses publish on a gamut of topics such as getting into nursing school, nursing school struggles, NCLEX test prep and nursing mnemonics.
4. Nurse Nacole
Nacole Riccaboni, also known as Nurse Nacole, provides a wealth of information for nurses. The site is large, with helpful headings such as “Calculations”, “YouTube Videos” and “NCLEX Questions.” A bonus: She posts handy nursing facts each day.
5. Straight A Nursing Student
The go-to site for nursing student resources, Straight A Nursing Student, contains an abundance of study aids, reference sheets and podcasts to help you learn the more complex nursing topics.
Nursing blogs for career advice
Trying to get established in your career? Or looking for a little advice on what your next career move should be as a nurse? You’ll want to check out these blogs:
A blog that features trending articles in nursing, DailyNurse also features a job search function. Employers can post jobs that are then easily searchable on both the homepage and the blog page. Nurses can also browse through over 200 different specialties to get a broad understanding of all the careers available in nursing.
7. Nurse Keith’s Digital Doorway
Nurse Keith 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 experiencing burnout has garnered him many awards in the blogosphere.
8. International Nurse Support
Hosted by Joyce Fiodembo, many well-respected nurses from the online community contribute to International Nurse Support. 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 US.
9. Off the Charts
This is the American Journal of Nursing’s online publication. Its scientifically-backed posts are educational, while at the same time accessible for all readers. Topics range from career advice, to new research, to pain management.
10. The Nursing Site Blog
With over 30 years of experience, Kathy Quan truly has a lifetime of stories to tell. In The Nursing Site Blog, she conveys nursing career advice in articulate, digestible posts that are helpful to nurses at any stage of their career.
Nursing blogs for industry updates
These blogs are a must-read for anyone looking to keep a pulse on nursing trends and news:
11. Frugal Nurse
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 massive and, at times, bloated healthcare system.
NurseBuff is a “nursing humor and lifestyle blog” that offers articles, lists and career guides. The lists are extensive, covering everything from nursing apps, to nursing life hacks, to nursing skills. A great site for any nurse, you will be sure to find something of interest within the many pages of the site.
13. Nurse 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 skincare to Obamacare.
14. Nurse Code
Nurse Beth, a career columnist for AllNurses.com and an RN with years of clinical experience, runs this blog. Her posts range from serious advice on interviews and nursing trends to funny nursing stories. She even occasionally posts contests and giveaways for nurses, so be sure to check for those.
15. The Nerdy Nurse
In this blog, Brittney Wilson, RN, writes about all things nursing, with a focus on health informatics and technology in healthcare. If you have an interest in how technology is integrated into and changing healthcare, then this blog will be of interest to you.
Nursing blogs that provide reassurance & support
Nursing can be taxing—these blogs are a great resource for any nurse who needs to recharge:
16. Minding the Bedside
Experiencing nursing stress? Minding the Bedside is a meditation-focused blog for nurses. Jerome Stone, a registered nurse, writes on topics such as compassion fatigue, nurse burnout, pain management, stress and how meditation can help alleviate those problems.
17. My Strong Medicine
My Strong Medicine is dedicated to helping nurses survive the real world of nursing, run by nurse Sean Dent. Dent gives a unique perspective as a male nurse, and many of his articles are about common obstacles nurses face. He keeps it light-hearted with gifs, memes and video posts.
18. Nursing From Within
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.
Nursing blogs for specific specialties
Some nursing specialties offer a unique view into healthcare—these blogs do a great job of covering their respective areas of the profession:
19. Diary of a School Nurse
This blog is written solely by one school nurse. She fills her posts with advice, checklists and musings of working in a school. She also offers insight into what a school nurse does, as well as resources for anyone currently working as or interested in being a school nurse.
This blog is written by a neonatal nurse who also is a traveling nurse, currently living in Sweden. While there are articles specifically catered towards travel nursing or neonatal nursing, her blog includes other posts on general nursing advice and topics.
21. Rehab RN
Rehab RN 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 also easily be housed in our “entertainment” section and is a humorous read for any nurse.
22. Correctional Nurse
Working as a nurse in a correctional facility certainly comes with unique and interesting challenges. In Correctional Nurse, Lorry Schoenly offers practical tips, personal stories and resources for nurses trying to find their way in this sometimes challenging setting.
23. Travel Nursing Blog
A must-read for any prospective or current travel nurse. This blog is filled to the brim with resources, advice and tools for all things related to travel nursing. A special feature is a job board that lists any travel nursing positions in a wide range of specialties—so whether you’re looking for a job in nursing administration or in wound care, this is a great place to begin.
Nursing blogs for entertainment
Nursing doesn’t always have to be deadly serious—and these blogs prove it:
Written by a nurse of 41 years, EDNurseasauras chronicles the stories of working in the emergency room. Her posts are usually anecdotes but relay the humor and hardships of being a nurse in the ER.
A satirical medical news website, GomerBlog can be likened to The Onion. The blog is written and maintained by healthcare professionals, and covers specialties ranging from anesthesiology to respiratory therapy. A must-read for any nurse needing a good laugh.
26. Nursing Notes of Discord
Enid Mueller is a registered nurse working in a psychiatric ward. In this blog, she writes posts on different issues she runs into at work, mostly recalling her frustrations with certain patients and other nurses. Her blog is a good read for any nurse who is also feeling frustrated—you are not alone!
27. Nursing Stories
One of the first gerontological nurse practitioners, Marianna Crane now keeps a blog detailing stories from her decades-long nursing career. Her posts are heart-felt, sincere and encouraging to any nurse.
Nursing blogs with established online communities
Want to bounce questions or share stories and advice with other nurses? These blogs feature robust online communities for you to participate in:
28. Mighty Nurse
From job postings to forums with thousands of posts, Mighty Nurse has it all. Their sizeable community includes nurses and nursing students who post and respond to questions and concerns about everything nursing-related.
29. All Nurses
All Nurses features a large community of nurses covering a wide variety of nursing topics and issues. This is an excellent resource for staying up-to-date on nursing topics and hearing personal stories from nurses in the field.
30. Scrubs Magazine Online
Scrubs Magazine 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.
Whether you’re only beginning your nursing career or you’re a veteran RN, there are nursing resources and communities out there for every stage of the nursing journey. Each of these 30 nursing blogs offer something unique to the nursing community. Have a favorite that we didn’t list? Tell us in the comments!
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally published in December 2013. It has since been updated to include information relevant to 2017.