Nursing blogs are becoming an incredibly popular way for nurses to help, connect with, and inspire their peers. If you’re looking for study guides to get you through nursing school, there’s a blog for that. If you’re a travel nurse hoping for a kindred spirit, there are plenty of bloggers just for you. Sick of bullying in the workplace? You’ll find a blog that deals with that, too.
We scoured the internet, got recommendations from actual nurses, and pulled together a list of the top 27 nursing blogs and bloggers in 2020, broken up into six topic and audience categories:
- Nursing Students & Recent Graduates
- Nurse Leaders & Managers
- Workplace & Life Advice
- Best Blogs/Bloggers by Specialty
- Nursing Humor
- Most Popular General Nursing Bloggers
Without further ado, let's dive right in!
The 5 Best Blogs for Nursing Students & Recent Grads
FreshRN was started by Kati Kleber, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, to encourage and support new graduate nurses. Kleber says that when she first started, she continued to meet other grads who all felt the same as her: Namely, overwhelmed and ill-prepared. So she decided to start a blog that focuses on providing concise, straight-forward information to help new nurses quickly gain confidence in their abilities.
Johns Hopkins Nursing is the magazine for their nursing school, and On the Pulse is its official blog. This blog covers all the latest nursing news and trends, such as how transgender patients should be treated and the importance of caregiver mental health.
First started in 2015 by nursing educator Damion Jenkins, The Nurse Speak blog features articles that focus on strategies for nursing success, nursing entrepreneurship, and NCLEX Prep. He blogs about mastering your nursing career and covers a variety of topics, including how to access career development programs and everything nurse writers need to know when starting out. Jenkins offers plenty of content, including videos and a downloadable study guide, which pair nicely with some of the more fun and inspirational content he provides, such as his article on “5 Ways Nursing Students Can Plan to Rock Nursing School.”
Straight A Nursing doesn’t just focus on nursing students. It extends its reach to nurses who are either continuing their education or just love to learn and keep up with industry trends. Topic-specific podcast episodes are included with each post, covering things like nursing school clinicals or medical conditions like hypothyroidism and lupus.
Amanda is a nurse practitioner of eight-plus years who created this site to help other medical professionals with their résumés and career strategy. Her blog focuses on content — text and video — for recent graduates to get a leg up in their job search. Her blog posts cover job-related topics like setting goals to help you advance in your career, as well as more self-care topics like her gift guide to show the nurses in your life just how much they’re appreciated.
The Best Blog for Nurse Leaders & Managers
This blog is dedicated to leaders in nursing, so it’s perfect for anyone who currently works in management or is going down that path. Emerging RN Leader covers a ton of leadership-related topics, such as management styles and planning your career.
The 4 Best Blogs for Workplace & Life Advice
NurseBuff’s tagline is “the nursing humor and lifestyle blog.” True to their word, they offer plenty of informative nursing articles, but they also have posts like the “22 Funniest Pickup Lines from Real Patients.” They organize their posts by category, which is helpful if you want to find things like famous nursing quotes or “how-tos” with one click.
8) Daily Nurse
The Daily Nurse has a News page that publishes content on all the latest nursing industry news and trends, which the site says is written by the “most informed and respected journalists in healthcare.” Some of these same writers contribute to the Daily Nurse’s blog, which does post a lot of industry news but also offers more personal anecdotes and light-hearted stories about nursing, too.
This is the official blog for the American Journal of Nursing and promises two to three new posts a week. Their content spans everything from industry news and research to controversial findings and personal stories. Off the Charts boasts a deep bench of contributors that includes working nurses, professors, researchers, and even patients.
All the content on this blog focuses on nurse bullying and incivility in the workplace. They post a lot of “how-to” articles, such as “How to Deal With Disruptive, Rude Physicians” and “Using Curiosity to Deal with a Territorial Coworker.” The HWI also offers a lot of other resources on this site, including information on workshops and anti-bullying coaching.
The 9 Best Nursing Blogs by Specialty
11) Nursing Stories
The author of this blog, Marianna Crane, has 40 years’ worth of stories on being a nurse for the under-served elderly population in Chicago. She posts a lot of first-person accounts of her time in the field, as well as her thoughts on current events in nursing and healthcare. She writes to help overcome what she says is a hierarchy in the health industry that historically favors physicians and doesn’t give nurses the credit they truly deserve.
12) ONS Voice
This is the blog/newsroom page for the Oncology Nursing Society and features articles written by staff writers and working nurses who are in the know. Topics include industry and research news, as well as practical professional information and self-care tips.
This mom/nurse/educator/writer writes about her time as a school nurse. The School Nurse says she started the blog for fun, as well as to share what works and what doesn’t work for her on the job. Her most recent post asks the question: “School Nurses -- Does Their Compensation Match Their True Worth?” And another post talks about what school nurses will need to get organized ahead of the school year.
American Traveler, an employment agency for travel nurses and other traveling medical professionals, has dubbed its blog as the “official” blog for travel nurses. In it, you’ll find content ranging from trending nurse news, informational 101-type articles, featured nurse spotlights, and fun “listicle-style” pieces like “3 Travel Nursing Locations Whose Beauty Will Knock Your Socks Off.”
Anyone looking for travel nurse blogs shouldn’t have a problem finding one, but this one stands out for its sleek design and eye-catching images that really make you want to take your job on the road. After nursing school at the University of San Francisco, K Chandler Rosemont set out to serve the world as a travel nurse. She recently spent time in India and published several poignant posts about how this experience has changed her, both personally and professionally. She covers a vast range of topics, including everything you need to know as a travel nurse and what she learned her first year as a nurse, and also offers some helpful tips, tricks, and tools, such as a table for quick, easy pediatric medical calculations.
16) The Gypsy Nurse
Staff and guest writers alike contribute to the Gypsy Nurse with informational articles and first-person posts, such as one writer’s account of being a travel nurse in the U.S. Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma. But this is more than just a blog. They also have a very solid social media presence (including a Facebook following of about 30,000 likes) and offer a variety of resources for travel nurses, such as housing and job listings.
The TravelNursing.org blog offers great content for travel nurses at all levels of their career -- from those who are just getting started to more experienced nurses. They offer relatable posts like “13 Tips for Surviving Being a Mom and a Nurse.” The blog is just one component of their entire site, which serves as the “go-to destination for more than 100,000 nurses.” It offers guides to get started in the field, FAQ pages, housing listings, and more.
18) YogaHealth Nurse
Lindsay Pemble is a cardiac NP and yoga teacher who says it took her nearly burning out from her career to get her onto the yoga mat. Her blog focuses primarily on promoting self-care for nurses through nutrition and natural health. Recent posts include “What Yoga Level Am I” and “Are You Afraid of Change,” which talks about “inner gremlins” that can keep you from reaching your nursing goals. Her Instagram page is just as inspirational as her blog, featuring quotes to help overcome stress and anxiety in the workplace and life.
19) Minority Nurse
This blog brings inclusivity and diversity to the forefront, with content categories for different groups like Asian-American and Pacific-Island Nurses, Men in Nursing, Native American Nursing and many others. Authors come from a variety of communities and bring unique perspectives, with blog posts like “The Minority Nurse Faculty Shortage,” “Recognizing Critical Care Transport Nurses,” “Men in Nursing: Where Are We Now,” and “Traditional Foods Bridge Health and Community,” a post that celebrated the heritage of Black History Month.
The Best Blog for Nursing Humor
This blog is basically “The Onion” for nurses. They post relatable and funny stories like “NASA Nurses Still Awaiting Callback from Extraterrestrial Docs” and “Ultra Breaking News: Patient Doesn’t Want Turkey Sandwich.” It’s fun to keep up with their posts on the site, as well as on their social accounts across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The 9 Best Nurse Bloggers Around
21) The Nerdy Nurse
Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, is the Nerdy Nurse. Her blog focuses on nursing and tech, and her audience spans everyone from nursing students to full-time healthcare workers to the general public. She’ll talk about things like the best shoes for nurses in 2019, as well as the must-have tech gadgets for nurses. Wilson even includes some handy resources for starting your own nursing blog.
Kathy Quan has been an RN for more than 35 years, and she’s also a published author in her field. She’s a home health and hospice nurse, who focuses much of her blog on providing uplifting and inspiring content to her fellow nurses. Quan celebrated Nurse’s Week by publishing a new post each day that highlighted various benefits available to nurses that week, such as free apps, webinars, and where to look online for nurse freebies and discounts.
23) Nurse Nacole
Nacole Riccaboni is an RN whose blog offers her take on nursing and her expertise to the nursing community. Nurse Nacole posts a nursing tip of the day every day, and she hosts one podcast and co-hosts another, both of which are available from her blog. She’s also on the path toward earning a DNP, which is a unique journey to follow for any other nurses who might be considering that route.
24) Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, is the “Inspiration Nurse.” She’s a writer who travels the world speaking to help professionals — nurses or otherwise — to reach their full career potential. On top of all this, she runs two blogs: “Motivation Cafe” and “Nurse Power!” Motivation Cafe is an uplifting blog with a more personal touch, including posts like “Age Is a State of Mind: 4 Ways to Stay Young at Heart.” Nurse Power! is Cardillo’s second blog, which is full of great informational content for nurses, such as questions to prepare yourself to answer in a job interview or the right amount of notice to give when resigning from a position.
25) Nurse Keith
Nurse Keith has been regularly writing his Digital Doorway blog since 2005. In addition to writing, he also provides holistic career coaching and hosts the Nurse Keith Show podcast, which you can find on his blog site. Posts include topics like resisting change in the workplace, ways to build a network of nurse allies, and questioning whether your nursing career is on autopilot.
Sarah K. Wells is the New Thing Nurse and she wants to share her passion for helping nurses at all levels reach their goals — both personally and professionally. The ER nurse regularly speaks at national nursing events on topics like nurses’ mental health, workplace violence, and social media use in nursing. Her blog includes interviews with nurse leaders, plenty of content for recent grads and veteran nurses, and posts by guest bloggers — like a recent post by Ted Rossini, a newly graduated nurse who talks about how he found “his people” in nursing.
Sarah started Mother Nurse Love to escape exhaustion and burnout as a RN and new mom. She’s found writing to be a form of self-care, and she hopes to inspire others to take care of themselves in the same way. She says many of her readers say they appreciate her “honest candor” and “quest for finding helpful solutions.” Posts include “3 Ways Being a Nurse Prepared Me for Motherhood” and “8 Jobs for Nurses Who Don’t Want to Be Nurses Anymore.”
Originally published on August 21, 2019.
Updated on April 27, 2020.