Nursing blogs provide a unique perspective on the medical field. Registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, nurse practitioners, and other workers make up the bread and butter of the healthcare industry. Without their efforts, doctors and surgeons would not be able to care for patients in an efficient manner.
If you are already a nurse or plan to become one in the future, the blogs below will help you see what other people are going through in your profession. Here are the top 14 nursing blogs of 2014.
Digital Doorway is a unique nursing blog because it is authored by a male nurse, Keith Carlson. Identifying himself as “Nurse Keith,” he uses his blog to coach other nurses and make them better at their craft. His blog offers tips for nurse entrepreneurs, career management, burnout prevention, and much more. Keith wants to show other nurses the wonders of this career so they stick with it for life.
The Nursing Site Blog is run by Kathy Quan, a public health nurse and registered nurse who has worked in nursing for more than 30 years. Kathy holds a bachelor of science in nursing, and she uses most of her career training to work in hospice and home health care. Kathy is a published author who uses her nursing blog to educate others in the practice. She shares stories from her own experience to illustrate the struggles and rewards that come with a career in nursing.
Nurses recognize that the American healthcare system remains in crisis as evidenced by soaring costs and rising epidemics of preventable diseases. Many are calling for change to mobilize nurses in a nationwide effort. They propose that leadership provided by a National Nurse for Public Health would strengthen efforts by nurses in every community to help focus the nation on health promotion and disease prevention. Follow the news about this important campaign that links to a Home Page with ways you can get involved and take action.
The Nurse Practitioner Business Owner Blog is a great guide for nurse practitioners who have their own practices. The blog is run by Barbara C. Phillips, a nurse practitioner who saw a need for NP entrepreneurs online. It has a great resource section for laws, tips, trends, etc., and it also has a section for nurse practitioner news. You can read stories from other nurse practitioner business owners, or you could get inspiration for ways to enhance your own business.
Alternative Nursing Careers, also known as Different Types of Nursing, is a blog that discusses different career paths nurses can take with their degrees. The blog is managed by Tina Lanciault RN, a woman whose mission is to help other nurses find their niches early on in their professions. Tina offers insight into unique nursing jobs that do not get much exposure, and she regularly comments with people on her website.
Nurse Barb is a blog run by none other than Barb Dehn, a nurse practitioner with years of experience in the healthcare industry. Nurse Barb is one of the leading NPs in America, and she has made many TV appearances since she started her blog and her career. Barb makes regular appearances on her local new station, and she has also been seen on the popular daytime show The Doctors. Her advice resonates with patients and nurses across the country.
As the name implies, A Journey through Nursing School and Beyond tells the story of a nursing student working her way to becoming a registered nurse. The blog details the various struggles that one may undergo in nursing school, and it describes how a mom of two managed to juggle those struggles with her family and home life. On top of the many career adventures discussed in this blog, the author talks about her weight loss efforts to inspire other men and women to take control of their lives and their futures.
The Birthin’ Blog is brought to you by A Labor of Love, a doula and childbirth services provider in Georgia. As you may expect, this blog is all about the wonders of childbirth, as told from the perspective a medical staff member. The blog features articles from multiple sources, ranging from career advice to personal testimonies and beyond. As a whole, the information is best suited for people who work in the field of childbirth or have plans to do so in the future.
9. The Days When I’m Not a Nurse
The Days When I’m Not a Nurse is a blog about the personal side of life for a registered nurse. It is run by a woman named Anna who talks about her hobbies, education, marriage, and much more. The reason she started the blog was really a way to use her free time on her days off. Anna’s husband Mo makes regular appearances on the website, and he even posts articles on there from time to time.
Nursing School Ins and Outs carries an appropriate title: “Did I REALLY Sign Up for This?” The blog details the journey of a wife and mother who decided to enroll as a nursing student to make an improvement in her career. She discusses the good and bad sides of nursing, but as a profession and as a major in college. Her stories are funny, inspiring, touching, and insightful, so you should be able to get a lot of entertainment out of reading them.
Confident Voices is a blog run by Beth Boynton, a nurse consultant & author specializing in communication and collaboration. Beth’s blog is unique because the audience includes healthcare professionals and consumers. Beth also talks about her medical improv workshops, which encourage healthcare professionals to be better speakers and better listeners. Nurses have to be on their toes at all times in order to make sound decisions for their patients. Beth’s improv lessons help other people gain the confidence they need to make great choices for the people they care for. Guestbloggers are often featured and ideas are welcome.
12. Mimi Secor
Mimi Secor is a nurse practitioner, public speaker, and healthcare consultant who runs a blog about women’s health. Her self-titled blog offers advice on a variety of women’s health issues, from breast cancer to childcare and beyond. Mimi has worked in the industry for more than 36 years now, and she has traveled the world to share her knowledge with women in need. She hosts a radio show on Reach MD called “Partners in Practice,” where she interviews nurse practitioners about how they are improving health care in the world.
13. Seasons Wellness
Seasons Wellness is a blog directed by a health and wellness center in Knoxville, Tennessee. It covers a wide range of topics, from weight loss to hormones and more. This may not be like the other nursing blogs on our list because it isn’t run by a team of nurses. However, it does offer some great insight into important issues in the healthcare community, and it could be just what you need to learn how to treat patients in new ways.
Diabetes Steps Rx is a blog focused on diabetes care and prevention. If you are a nurse with a passion with diabetes in children and adults, this blog could be a great resource for you. It offers suggestions for dietary changes, exercises, medications, and more. The blog and the organization behind it are headed by family nurse practitioner Cheryl Winter, who has a master of science in nursing and a master of science in nutrition.
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