I’m honored to host the first Nurse Blog Carnival of 2016. In a look back at 2015, each nurse blogger wrote a post titled “A Year in Review: My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015”
What a diverse group! We have a lawyer and a mommy/baby nurse. Business women and bedside nurses. Speakers, consultants, authors, educators, bedside nurses, and Nurse Practitioners.
As bloggers, when we write a post, we always hope it will be our best ever. But then sometimes a post tanks. Meanwhile another post surprises us by becoming enormously popular. We always write with you, our readers, foremost in mind.
Top Nurse Blog Posts 2015
Beth Boynton at confidentvoices.com You can’t read her posts without being challenged with new insights. Her posts are provocative and are centered on culture, organizational communication, patient safety, boundaries, and more. She holds a mirror up to show us the current status quo, and offers tools for change. Read 10 of her top nurse blog posts. You’ll be a better nurse, I promise.
Joyce Fiodembo of internationalnursesupport offers practical tips to minority nurses and answers to questions faced by all nurses. Should I get my bachelor’s degree, what should I say in an interview , and what should not be included in a resignation letter. She writes in a helpful, pithy manner.
Cynthia Jaffe at healthscopenews has done an amazing job and her website rocks. Dr. Jaffe’s goal is to empower you with knowledge about your own health and life style choices. She studies the literature and gives you the evidence on vaccines and autism, the science of eye color, fertility after the age of 35. Is your coffee habit harmful? An A+ on graphics and professional presentation.
Kelly Payne at mommybabynurse delivers (get it?) a ton of educational information about pregnancy, childbirth, and newborns in her educational posts. She’s passionate about her passion, and her goal is to earn her maternal newborn certification in 2016. She highlights and elevates this nursing specialty by reminding us of the risks of childbirth, and how maternal nurses have to be prepared for life or death emergencies.
Kathy Quan, respected and long-time blogger at thenursingsite, offers How to do a Head to Toe Assessment as her top post. Several guest posts also performed very well, including topics such as health risks for ED nurses, and home health, Kathy’s nursing specialty.
Anne Llewellyn blogs at Nurse Advocate Anne shares the lived experience of herself as a patient…a patient with central nervous system lymphoma, sitting in waiting rooms, waiting for test results..something she never planned for- being a nurse on the other side. I’m reading When Life Changes on a Dime for the second time. Grab a cup of tea, curl up and join me.
Nurse Beth, blogger at nursecode and Ask Nurse Beth career columnist (yep, that’s me!) is nicely surprised that “Are You Cut Out to be an ED Nurse” continues to dominate her most popular post list, closely followed by Nursing’s Dirty Little Secret <Shhhh!> She goes on to caution what not to say in an interview when asked “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” Nurse Beth hopes her posts are informative, entertaining, and relevant. Once in a while, she offer beauty tips as a bonus 🙂
Nurse Gail and Nurse Mia at Nursegail.com explore urban myths and separate fact from fiction in healthcare. Want to know if honey is really all that good for you? Should you circumscribe your baby boy and how can you reduce bruising if you’re having plastic surgery? The site is very nicely designed and professional, these gals are pros.
Renee Thompson at rtconnections blogs about nurse bullying and works tirelessly to eliminate it. Dr. Thompson’s top post “How to Catch a Professional Bully” is..well, simply an article every single nurse should read and every student nurse should be required to read. Warning- on second thought, don’t, as you’ll be hooked and then have to go on and read every other post on her top 10 list. How could you pass up reading “Have you ever wondered if your boss is a bully?” Bonus: (the happy circles. I love the circles! You’ll see)
Donna Maheady at theexceptionalnurse inspires readers by highlighting practicing nurses with disabilities. And resiliency. Can you be a nurse if you are hard of hearing? How about if you are missing a limb? Dr. Maheady shares her expertise about the legal rights of nurses with disabilities. Ultra mega inspiring and informative.
Brittney Wilson at thenerdynurse is the brains behind and creator of the Nurse Blog Carnival. Brittney is a pro blogger and business woman who makes our lives easier by finding the best shoes, stethoscopes, gadgets, and…spoiler alert… gives us a lesson in common Spanish terms. Muy bueno. Nurse entrepreneurs should study successful Brittney’s posts, business model, and web site.
Joan Spitrey at thenurseteacher.com A clinical nursing instructor, Joan doesn’t see herself as a talented writer, but her readers say otherwise. One of Joan’s posts went psuedo- viral in one day…you’ll have to read to see which one! (The topic is genius). Her posts almost make me want to be a student nurse again, this time having the benefit of Joan’s advice on test-taking, speciality areas for new grads, and more. But you don’t have to be a new nurse or student to love her posts….see for yourself!
Carol Bush at The Social Nurse blogs about all things social media. My favorite post is
Rachel Silva at yourahi.org is a Nurse Practitioner, and writes top quality, informative articles on a range of topics, including sex trafficking and autism. Check out the amazing infographic——-> Dr. Silva is a consummate professional, and her articles are nothing short of gems. She shares her journey of realizing her dream of becoming a Nurse Practitioner, and writes in a mentoring fashion to help others. She is both scholarly and warm, a wonderful combination. Don’t miss her podcasts, either, you will fall in love with her southern charm. (Did I mention I’m a fan?) Top Posts: The Art of Nursing and Terminally Educated
Lorie Brown blogs at Your Nurse Attorney Her blogs read like a list of helpful FAQs: What should I do if I get written up? Can I lose my license for (x,y,z)? Why do nurses eat their young? She gives solid answers from a legal point of view.
and saving the best for last…Elizabeth Scala at Nursing From Within is passionate about helping nurses make a shift in their profession to achieve more satisfaction in their careers. Whether it’s dealing with nurse burnout, your boss, or coworkers, Elizabeth offers tips and secrets guaranteed to transform you in your career wherever you’re at. Elizabeth inspires you to be the best you.
Until next time friend,
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