My Favorite Nursing Blogs

My Favorite Nursing Blogs

Well-written nursing blogs give you insight about the mainstream of nursing thought

By Christine Contillo, RN, BSN
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Just one of the reasons that I find blogs so intriguing is that they allow you to find out what other nurses think in the comfort of your own home (or at your workspace, or on the bus). And you can do it anonymously! It’s easy enough to ask a colleague whether or not they agree with your opinion, but that can sometimes be a can of worms you’d rather not open. By reading through well-written nursing blogs you’ll know what someone on the other coast is thinking about, and if there are comments you’ll be able to see whether they are in the mainstream of nursing thought.

This is exactly why I’m so glad to share my favorite blogs with you, hoping that you’ll give them a try. Maybe they’ll help you add something new to your nursing practice, or maybe they’ll inspire an idea that you can share with your whole unit.

One of my long-time favorite sites is www.pixelrn.com. Kim was trained as a graphic artist before becoming a nurse, so she brings a certain visual flair to her webpage. In August she pondered what it takes to be a good nurse, and decided that while there a lot of qualities that are critical, having a bachelor’s degree is not one of them. I’m sure that this can be a path we don’t always want to go down, especially with colleagues.

Earlier in the year she asked us to reflect on whether we have a personal mission statement. What a concept! She points out that reflecting on this can help to make dull, repetitive tasks more meaningful. For example, she suggests that your personal mission could be to help your patients take charge of their own healthcare, in which case you might be called on to give explanations for why you do what you do and begin to value the educational aspect of nursing. Think about it during your next break.

Sometimes there is a certain harmony of thinking that goes on among blogwriters. May, author of the award-winning site www.aboutanurse.com raised the issue of restraints last April. What do we do with patients who test our patience to the limit? Should they even have a say in how they are treated?

In the same month, ER nurse DisappearingJohn (www.disappearingjohn.blogspot.com) raised similar questions about how to restrain patients in trauma cases involving substance abuse — and what exactly is “social intubation?”

Finally, some blogs make good jumping-off points. One I found recently is www.medhealthwriter.blogspot.com. An admitted freelance writer, she professes to cover health and safety but has found the time to run additional blogs on pregnancy, nursing and pain. It’s well written, informative and worth a look.

Christine Contillo RN, BSN, a nurse since 1979, has written extensively for various nursing publications, including The New York Times.

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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