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A Second Perspective: Blogs for Nursing Students

For nursing students completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, nursing blogs offer a way to explore the many dimensions of the nursing profession. With all the viewpoints and information available, no degree program can cover all of them. Reading blogs like the ones listed in this article can give you a broader view and help you develop an ideal nursing career.

Blogs for Nursing Students

NRSNG, run by Jon Haws, RN, BSN, CCRN, offers podcasts, nursing practice questions and more to help you get through nursing school and pass the NCLEX.

Straight a Nursing Student by Maureen Osuna, an experienced ICU RN, offers resources such as study aids, lecture notes and other information to help you succeed in nursing school.

General Nursing Blogs

AJN Off the Charts is the blog of the American Journal of Nursing. Posts cover topics such as “important research findings, policy controversies, clinical practices and challenges, public health news, nursing career issues, personal stories told by both nurses and patients, ethical issues in health care, and much more.”

Lippincott NursingCenter bills itself as the “premier online destination for peer-reviewed nursing journals and continuing education resources based on the best evidence available.” The site has a blog that supports that mission. Get more on evidence-based practice at the Evidence-Based Nursing blog from the BMJ Publishing Group.

The Nerdy Nurse with Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, aims to “help others gain confidence in the digital world.” Topics range from stethoscope accessories to diversity in nursing.

The Nursing Show with Jamie Davis, RN, EMT-P, BA, AS, has weekly podcasts and lots of posts, including a “Student Nurse Tips” section, designed to provide up-to-date nursing news and tips for all nurses.

Career and Professional Development Blogs

Digital Doorway offers career advice from Nurse Keith, a Board-Certified Nurse Coach (NC-BC).

For nurses interested in business and entrepreneurship, Innovative Nurse by Kevin Ross, RN, BSN, calls itself as “the leading resource for ultra-savvy nurses.”

DiversityNursing Blog covers a wide range of nursing topics to help both new and experienced nurses find jobs and develop their careers.

Nurse Power! from Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) looks at “harnessing the power, the passion, and the pride of nursing.” by Nurse Beth gives advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing and much more.

RTConnections from Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN, focuses on professional development and helps nurses communicate their value.

The Balanced Life by Eileen Spillane, an Adult Nurse Practitioner, wants to help nurses “create and sustain more balance through mindfulness and self-compassion.”

Specialty Nursing Blogs

Correctional Nursing by Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN, CCHP-RN, CCN/M, looks at nursing within the criminal justice system, where nurses work with incarcerated people in jails, prisons and juvenile facilities.

ER Nurses Blog and Madness: Tales of an Emergency Room Nurse look at the challenges of working in an emergency room.

Infusion Nurse Blog discusses infusion nursing, vascular access and infusion therapies.

JParadisi RN’s Blog by J. Paradisi RN, OCN, offers advice and support for nurses who work with patients who have cancer.

Nursing Informatics and Technology from the Advance Healthcare Network covers those specialized topic.

The Gypsy Nurse is all about travel nursing.

For more about travel nursing, see Travel Nursing and Travel Nursing Central.

Exploring nursing blogs can introduce you to diverse viewpoints and information. Use these blogs to aid you on your journey to becoming a nurse and making the most of that career.

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