The Best Nursing Blogs You Should Follow

One of the great things about the digital age is the ability to connect with many different nurses who speak with different voices.

What all of these nursing blogs have in common is that the nurses who created them are passionate about nursing. They know nursing and health care have problems, but they still love what they do and want to share their insights with other nurses or nurse wannabes.

Some focus on a single topic or theme, while others discuss a wide variety of nursing and health-care related topics.

Whether you’re a student, a new graduate, an experienced nurse or a retired nurse, here are the best nursing blogs you should follow.

Beth Hawkes

Beth Hawkes is a staff development educator at San Joaquin Community Hospital. She is also an advice columnist for Allnurse.com. She sees herself as increasing awareness about bedside nursing and patient care concerns.

Hawkes began her career as an LVN and went back to school for an RN, BSN and MSN. She has a wide range of nursing experience, including management and nursing informatics. She is often a featured speaker, covering topics like communication and resiliency as well as others, at national nursing conventions.

The Blog:

http://nursecode.com/

What Makes it Worth Reading:

Hawkes focuses on career advice. She covers the basics like how to create a resume, interview for a position or write a cover letter. Other topics on her site include everything from the nursing shortage, nurse staffing ratios and drug diversion to how to handle preceptors who are bullies and what happens if you fail the NCLEX-RN exam. She also writes for the nurse who is in transition – changing jobs, changing specialties or moving into a different area like management. She also includes guest posts – a recent post by Certified Life Coach and RN Robb Hillman was titled “7 Ways to Love Your Nurse Self.”

Sean Dent


Sean Dent is a nurse practitioner who works full time in a Pennsylvania Shock Trauma teaching hospital.

The Blog:

In addition to his blog – http://mystrongmedicine.com/ – Dent has own YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/SeanDentvlog, and a regular podcast called The Change of Shift at https://thechangeofshift.com/.

What Makes it Worth Reading:

Dent covers nearly any topic you can think of related to nursing. He uses humor to illustrate the issues nurses face and to make important points. He links material from the blog to the vlog and vice versa, with most of the actual how-to details on the vlog. He also has links to a variety of other for-sale nursing resources, such as books on nursing and health care that are available on Amazon.com. Recent posts covered such topics as the importance of nurse residency programs, how a new graduate can survive in the ICU, nursing mistakes during a code blue and why nurses appreciate respiratory therapists.

Elizabeth Scala

Elizabeth Scala is a Johns Hopkins-trained RN who also holds a BA in psychology, an MSN in nursing and a master’s degree in business. To round it off, she is a certified health coach and Reiki Master. While working as a psychiatric nurse in an acute inpatient psychiatric unit in Maryland, she became stressed, overwhelmed and burned out.

Scala is the founder of The Art or Nursing, an educational and inspirational program used during Nurse’s Week at hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country. She is the author of three books: Stop Nurse Burnout – What to Do When Working Harder Isn’t Working; Your Next Shift, and Nursing From Within.

The Blog:

http://elizabethscala.com/

Scala also has a podcast and writes for NurseTogether.com, ScrubsMag.com, and Health eCareers.com. A featured inspirational speaker, she has presented at conferences sponsored by the South Dakota Nurses Association, the American Holistic Nurses Association and the National Nurse’s Health Institute.

What Makes it Worth Reading:

Much of Scala’s work focuses on the issue of burnout in the nursing profession. She believes that what goes on inside the nurse is the important part, helping nurses survive and thrive even when the going gets tough. Her mission is to promote emotional and spiritual wellness for individual nurses and within the nursing community. Her work resonates with other nurses because of her own experience with and recovery from burnout.

Brittney Wilson

Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN, has a foot in both nursing and healthcare information technology. Her interests are reflected in her nursing background, which combines medical-surgical nursing, clinical informatics system administration and implementation, as well as healthcare community management. She is currently a product manager who develops innovative workforce analytics solutions for healthcare organizations. Wilson is the author of The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology.

The Blog:

thenerdynurse.com.

The site is one of the few fully owned and operated by a registered nurse. Wilson also includes guest posts on her site.

What Makes it Worth Reading:

Although Wilson covers a variety of topics on her blog, much of her focus is on nursing and technology. She discusses issues such as nursing informatics, the use of electronic medical records (EMRs), apps and social media for nurses, along with topics like lateral violence in nursing, nursing education and work-life balance. She also rates and recommends a variety of products for nurses such as nursing shoes, compression stockings, stethoscopes, lab jackets and nursing graduation gifts.

Nacole Riccaboni

Nacole Riccaboni is a Florida native who began her career in nursing with an Associate of Science degree, has since gone on for a BSN and is currently working toward a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Her nursing background includes progressive and intensive care. She is currently working full time and also works in the travel nursing arena throughout the state of Florida.

The Blog:

http://www.nursenacole.com/

Riccaboni also has a YouTube channel, covering many of the same topics included on her blog.

What Makes it Worth Reading:

Riccaboni’s goal is to provide technical and emotional support and resources for both students and nursing professionals. She offers a nursing tip of the day on what she call “Fundamentals” that might include information on everything from acid reflux to zinc supplements. Written articles include advice on self care, how to choose the best nurse practitioner program, nursing qualifications and information on top nursing journals. Her website also includes practice calculations for a variety of different medications, NCLEX-RN tips and life support algorithms.

Keith Carlson

Keith Carlson has been nursing since 1996. He’s worked in a variety of different settings, including case management, community health, home health, hospice, nursing education and public health, and has been a chief nursing officer and director of nursing. He is a Board-Certified Nurse Coach through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation and holds certifications in Swedish Massage, Kripalu yoga and laughter yoga. He counsels individuals and works with organizations.

The Blog:

http://digitaldoorway.blogspot.com/ Carlson is also the co-host of RNFM Radio, a podcast for nurses and healthcare professionals and the Nurse Keith Show, which offers information, inspiration and career-related advice to nurses and other healthcare professionals. Recent posts include setting intentions to effect changes in nursing and one’s personal life, work-life balance, resistance to change, gratitude and nurse polymaths.

What Makes it Worth Reading: His mission is to help nurses balance their careers with a personal life and to find their passions in nursing. Carlson says the reason he is able to connect with nurses is his life experiences, which include loss, burnout and tragedy, as well as great joy. He tries to use his coaching skill to help people identify what’s important in their lives and find ways to create and live their unique visions of their lives.

The Gypsy Nurse

The Gypsy NurseThe Nurse: Unlike the other blogs, this one is actually an online community for traveling medical professionals – The Gypsy Nurse. Founder Candy Treft has been in the travel nursing industry for 14 years, and created the site as an all-in-one resource for nurses who were interested in travel nursing. Other major figures involved in the blog are Rachel Altum, who is the social media marketing manager; Leslie Hilton, an LPN who worked in settings including telemetry and psych before becoming a traveling nurse; Lori Mercer, an RN from Ohio, and RNs Kayla Reynolds and Cheryl Hurt. The site also has a variety of sponsors, primarily those who operate travel agencies or are in the nurse staffing field.

The Blog: www.thegypsynurse.com/

What Makes it Worth Reading:

The Gypsy Nurse strives to offer resources for traveling nurses. These include the basics of becoming a traveling nurse, building a portfolio, assignments, contracts, working with a recruiter and license reciprocity issues. Information on agencies, housing and jobs, guest articles and interviews with nurses, as well as activities, attractions, RV sites, and even restaurants are available to members of the site.

CreativeNurse

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Unlike the other blogs listed here, this one is not primarily about nursing, but about investments and financial management for nurses. However, the blog does also include posts on general nursing topics. Honza Hroch and Jan Axel Tribler created the site to help nurses create a more secure financial base for themselves and their families. Honza – who has an MBA in finance and whose wife is a nurse, was volunteering at a local hospital; in conversations with his wife’s colleagues, he realized many had little to no financial knowledge. Jan has an MBA in finance and marketing and is passionate about coaching; he applies those skills to coaching nurses about financial management.

The Blog:

http://creativenurse.com/

What Makes it Worth Reading: No matter what your age, financial management and planning for retirement are important. The blog covers many basic topics, such as how to stay or get out of debt, how to finance nursing school, nursing salaries around the world, student loan management, life insurance and investing. Honza and Jan also offer personal consultations and have locations in Honolulu, Las Vegas, San Diego and San Francisco.

Katie Kleber

Katie Kleber, RN, BSN, CCRN, is a relatively new nurse compared to many others in this line-up, and much of her passion lies in helping the newest nurse become a season veteran. Kleber has experiences in cardiac stepdown and neurosciences critical care and has published three books with the American Nurses Association: Becoming Nursey: From Code Blues to Code Browns, How to Care for Your Patients and Yourself, Admit One:  What You MUST Know When Going to the Hospital, But No One Actually Tells You and What’s Next? The Smart Nurse’s Guide to Your Dream Job.

The Blog:

https://www.freshrn.com/

What Makes it Worth Reading:

Kleber covers many of the basics a new nurse needs to know about, from the basics of documentation to delegation to communicating with physicians. She also has a section on death and dying, as well as one for patients and their loved ones. In addition to the blog, Kleber offers podcasts in which she interviews experienced nurses about a particular topic such as work life balance or dealing with difficult patients, and the nurses offer suggestions for the new graduate or inexperienced nurse.

More Nursing Blogs

While the blogs listed above are some of the top-notch offerings for nurses, there are also plenty of others. The “best” blogs above tend toward the general issues facing nurses today, but many nursing blogs have a more narrow focus, such as a particular nursing specialty or work setting. Among the other nurse bloggers you might want to check out:

Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN, CCN/M @ Correctionalnurse.net writes about issues in correctional nursing.

Kathy Quan, RN, BSN, PHN @ Kathyquan.com is the author of The Everything New Nurse Book and blogs on a variety of nursing topics.

Kevin Ross, RN, BSN @ Innovativenurse.com is the second co-host of RNFM Radio with Keith Carlson and blogs on technology, social media and business.

Joyce Fiodembo, RN @ Internationalnursesupport.com offers advice for international nurses. She is the author of The Foreign Nurses’ Guide to Settling in America.

Gail Ingram, RN, BSN @ Nursegail.com focuses on separating health facts from fiction. She is currently a nurse practitioner student at NYU.

Jamie Davis, RN, EMT-P, B.A., A.S. @ Nursingshow.com includes articles and videos on a wide variety of health and nursing topics; including interviews with medical professionals involved in the changing healthcare environment.

Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN @ Blog.rtconnections.com is an expert on nurse bullying.

Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP @ Donnacardillo.com is a nurse entrepreneur and inspirational/motivational speaker.

Alice Benjamin http://alicebenjamin.com/ is a cardiac clinical nurse specialist and wellness expert who writes about nursing, wellness and health.

Barbara C. Phillips, MN, NP, FAANP http://npbusiness.org/about/ is a family & geriatric nurse practitioner who created her website to offer advice to advanced practice nurses who want to run their own businesses.

In addition to those listed here, you can find a variety of other blogs that are oriented to nurses and nursing as well as health care.

Many professional nursing organizations and journals have blogs on their websites, such as the American Nursing Association, the Advances in Nursing Science Journal and the American Journal of Nursing. Colleges and universities that offer nursing programs may also offer blogs, as do some dedicated schools of nursing such as Chamberlain College of Nursing. UC San Francisco School of Nursing offers The Dean’s Blog.

Online nursing sites such as NurseTogether and ScrubsMag offer articles, forums and other resources for nurses. Other blogs focus on highly technical subjects, such as the Infusion Nurse Blog.

Some of the bloggers listed above also offer lists of the “top fill-in-the-number of nursing blogs” from around the U.S. and even the world. You can also find lists of blogs dedicated to a particular topic, such as blogs for student nurses or new graduates. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find a blog that meets your needs.

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