Top 36 Nursing Blogs To Help With Your Nursing Career

Thursday, 10. November 2011


The healthcare field is a demanding yet rewarding sector that is always in high demand, especially when it comes to nursing jobs. To start a career in nursing, you first need to acquire the appropriate education and training, followed by a professionally written nursing resume that will help you get your foot in the emergency room door.

In a previous post we discussed How To Write A Nursing Resume, however your nursing resume should also reflect the latest industry trends and address the evolving roles that nurses are expected to fulfill in today’s society.

The best way to keep yourself up-to-date is through constant research of the industry, and what better way to know the inner workings of the healthcare field than from the providers themselves.

This is why ResumeMag has put together this handy list of the top 36 nursing blogs. These additional resources will help aspiring nurses and veteran nurses alike to connect with likeminded people, keep up-to-date on current trends in the industry and build a sense of community online.

Without further adieu, in no particular order, here are the top 36 Nursing Blogs:

1. Bedside Manner
A conversation about compassion, communication and other issues in health care.

2. The Nursing Site Blog
Kathy Quan, RN BSN PHN, has been an RN for over 30 years. Most of those years have been spent in home health care and hospice. A published author, she shares her experiences on her blog TheNursingSiteBlog.com.

3. Salary Of A Nurse
Salary of a Nurse blog is just what you expect, news, advice and other pieces of information about a nurse’s salary.

4. Finding The Forty-Seven: Canadian Nurses Of The First World War
This blog is dedicated to reclaiming the lives and experience of those forty-seven Canadian nurses who died while serving overseas during World War I.

5. Nurse Uncut
Nurse Uncut is an online community site for Australian nurses where they share their tips and advice, good news stories and opinions on topics close to their hearts.

6. Nurse Nacole
NurseNacole.com is all about Nacole’s experiences becoming a Florida registered nurse, from nursing school (BSN) to starting out as a new nurse.

7. Nurse Academia
Nurse Academia is an amazing internet resource for nursing education, for both students, clinical educators, and faculty.

8. Lnc Stat: Legal Nurse Consulting Blog
Information about becoming certified as an advanced legal nurse consultant or an expert of medical legal specialties.

9. Diary Of A Trauma Nurse
Cory is a ER/Trauma/ICU nurse, and this blog is her public diary of her experiences.

10. Code Blog
Gina runs the Code blog; a site dedicated to medical stories, were readers can also post their own stories and share their experiences.

11. The Official Travel Nursing Blog
Nursing news and views, dubbed as the official Travel Nursing Blog.

12. 50 States Staffing
A blog that consists of very helpful information about nursing careers and nursing resources.

13. The Nurse Unchained
A great blog about one nurse’s unabashed opinion on all things nursing.

14. The Nurses Nurse
Rita Batchley, RN, aka The Nurses Nurse, is a healthcare activist who shares her opinions on her blog about the healthcare injustices that are occurring today.

15. Nurses And Hospital Stories
Insightful nurse and hospital stories by blogger, Penelope Rock.

16. One Nurse At A Time
A group of volunteer and humanitarian nurses run this blog with the desire to help other nurses get involved.

17. Nursingwriting
This blog is a resource for faculty and graduate students of the School of Nursing at the University of Connecticut. Prepared and maintained by Dr. Thomas Lawrence Long, associate professor-in-residence, the information in this blog can be helpful to any aspiring nurse.

18. Nursing Notes
Shirley Williams’s blog, Nursing Notes, shares information on everything from practical application in the healthcare field to nursing careers, schooling and even retirement.

19. Nursing Idea
A Canadian blog that shares ideas about research, innovation and leadership in respect to nursing and healthcare.

20. Nurse Story
A blog about nursing, nurse practitioners, and the healthcare industry in general.

21. Nursemanifest Blog
This blog’s goal is to promote discussion of ideas for advancing nursing’s contributions to healing and health, and the issues that all nurses face in doing so.

22. Nighttimenursing
A gathering of thoughts and stories from a 12-hour night ER nurse.

23. New Nurse Blog
The New Nurse Blog talks about the difficulties in gaining experience as a new nurse. The blogger hopes that by sharing her stories that she will also let other new nurses know that they’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed and intimidated.

24. Marie Manthey’s Nursing Salon
Marie Manthey spent 25 years in hospital nursing in almost every position. After running a successful consulting company she now shares her nursing experiences on her personal blog.

25. Lost On The Floor
One, not so new, nurse’s tale about being a Charge Nurse on a busy telemetry unit somewhere in metro Portland.

26. Correctional Nurse . Net
Lorry Schoenly blogs about the challenging profession of nursing in a correctional environment. The specialty practice of correctional nursing focuses on care for incarcerated individuals in jails, prisons, and juvenile facilities.

27. Just Call Me Nurse…. Eventually
Kat’ personal blog about her experiences in nursing school and she graduates on December 16th, of this year, so there is no time like the present to read her blog.

28. Infusion Nurse Blog
An informative platform for discussion and ideas related to Infusion nursing, vascular access and infusion therapy.

29. Fast Track Nursing Programs
Fasttrack.nu is your resource for nursing jobs and the Fast Track Program.

30. Diary Of A Child Nurse
This blogger is currently a student nurse at a London University and their blog is designed as much as a diary to record this experience as it is to be a public blog with some great insight into the life of a nursing student.

31. Johns Hopkins Nursing Blogs
This faculty and student run blog gives you a bit of insight into the Hopkins Nursing School through the eyes of its students.

32. Onward Blog Healthcare
The Onward Healthcare Blog offers news and advice on travel nurse jobs and rehab careers.

33. Ask The Nurse Practitioner
Laura is an experienced nurse in pediatric and adult emergency medicine, family practice, general medicine/surgery, and neonatal ICU. Her blog contains real and practical health information for you and your family.

34. Angelabrook.Com
Tips and information for nurses suffering from burnout, and for those looking how to avoid it.

35. Nursing Law & Order
Nursing Law & Order provides commentary on legal issues facing nurses.

36. Nursefriendly Nursing Directories
Nationwide Nursing Resources: In this Nursing Portal you’ll find information on. This directory has been
The blog is maintained by Andrew Lopez, RN and his team of Internet Nursing Guides and contains everything from information on nursing jobs to nursing schools, and everything in between.

Summer Round-Up & Inquiry Letters

Wednesday, 7. September 2011


Students have just finished the last shifts of their summer jobs, while their teachers are, more than likely, begrudgingly ending their summer vacations. Here at ResumeMag we are doing a round-up of all our top summer posts.

In previous posts we’ve supplied you with tips on how to handle an interview, from a list of 79 sample job interview questions to advice on how to answer the 10 most popular ‘about you’, job specific and even situational type interview questions.

We’ve discussed the importance of including volunteer experience on your resume and obtaining references and recommendation letters.

We’ve provided you with some key tips on how to perform a successful job search, as well as explaining the significance that networking will play on your ability to get an interview.

Today’s post will go one step further, where we will not only teach you the importance of writing an inquiry letter, but will also provide you with some tips on how to write a letter that will give you access to the most sought after jewel of any job hunter. The unadvertised open position.

Why write an inquiry letter?

Simply put, your job searching skills can only get you so far. Not all companies advertise each and every open position they have available. This is one reason why we’ve tried to stress the importance of networking. Knowing someone in the company, even Bob from Accounting, may open some hidden doors for you.

If there is a company that you have set your sights on, but have yet to build any networks, all is not lost. This is where the inquiry letter comes in. A well-written and professional letter will help you to gleam some information about the company that may be otherwise unavailable to the general public, such as unadvertised open positions that are currently available.

Tips on writing an inquiry letter:

An unsolicited letter of inquiry, sent to a company that you have targeted as your next career move, can go a long way to getting your foot in the door. If done properly, your letter of inquiry will help you to establish a relationship with the hiring manager, which will greatly increase your success rate of being invited in for an interview.

Style

As with all correspondence you have with any hiring manager, formal business writing should be maintained. Your inquiry letter should in no way duplicate your cover letter or your professionally written resume.

Your inquiry letter should do the following:

  • Be able to not only grab, but also retain, the reader’s attention immediately
  • Clearly specify your intentions in language that is simple and direct
  • Identify your strengths and how they match the company’s requirements
  • Accurately describe your accomplishments and how they would benefit the company
  • Close strongly with a request for a further discussion or meeting

Additional things to include in your letter

It might go without saying, but it is extremely important to sign your letter of inquiry, and in ink. You also should include as much contact information as you feel comfortable divulging, be that your mailing address, a contact number, email address, or a combination of all three. Finally including a self-addressed, stamped envelope, may increase the odds of getting a response, be it a positive one or simply to send you a PFO letter.

When it comes time to follow-up your letter of inquiry, the general rule is that you allow the hiring manager at least two-week to respond to your initial request before sending a follow-up letter, phone call or email.

References And Recommendation Letters

Tuesday, 21. June 2011


References and letters of recommendation are an important aspect of your job search, and ensuring that you have a good stockpile of both will go a long way at helping you land that new job. Although it may sound obvious, the most important thing about references is to ask someone who has something good to say about you.

When asking for a reference or letter of recommendation from a former supervisor or colleague it is always best to go with the indirect approach, such as through email. This way the person will not feel pressured to offer a recommendation that they may not feel is appropriate.

Most hiring managers require two or more references, so it is always a good idea to split up your specific skills among your references. You can ask one of your references to address your time management and computer skills, while another one can address your organizational and management skills. This way the hiring manager will get a more rounded picture of your entire skill set, as apposed to each of your references saying the same thing about you and what the hiring manager already knows from reading your professional resume.

It is important to keep your references up-to-date about your job search and provide them with any job descriptions for companies that they may be called on to speak on your behalf. It is also a good idea to let them know approximately when they should expect a call.

Finally, regardless of the outcome, make sure you always take the time to thank your reference and let them know how it all went.