RN writers create healthcare content and manage online websites containing helpful information that readers are searching for. They are usually, but not always, developed based on the creator’s medical niche or personal interests.
One benefit of becoming a nurse blogger or freelance writer is that each post or article can be written from a unique perspective, as nurses work in so many different specialties with diverse patient populations. Also, nurses have different skillsets and experiences that they can bring to their writing. Nurses have unique skills and helpful information to share.
Nurse writers have som much to share from many perspectives: working mom and nurse lifestyle, nurse finance, nursing informatics, new graduate nursing, nurse humor, nursing apparel, nursing specialties…and the list goes on and on.
Benefits of becoming a nurse writer or blogger:
Set your own work hours and schedule
Complete creative control over your content and products
Better writing chops: each time you write a new piece, you improve and continue to develop your writing skills.
Better thinking abilities: the writing process helps you to stop and think deeper. You will find yourself having more definite opinions about nurse topics that matter. You will also discover thoughts and ideas about nursing that you didn’t even know you had.
Perks of becoming a nurse writer or freelance blogger:
Nurse bloggers and freelance writers are also entrepreneurs who run their own businesses. Many often also have full-time positions and do their writing/website design in the evenings or weekends. There is no set schedule; therefore, you can decide to work or not work whenever you want. It is important to note, however, that successful bloggers and freelance writers must work incredibly hard to get their businesses up and running, often for years before making any money.
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There are a whole lot of NEW nurse bloggers and influencers showing up in 2020.
Many nurses are doing more then just working at the bedside these days. In fact, there are a few taking the interweb by storm as nurse bloggers and healthcare writers.
But many of the best nurse bloggers I follow these days aren’t always necessarily writing about nursing, or even healthcare for that matter. They have there own unique brands and personalities – and many intertwine both their personal and professional lives within their online businesses.
To make this list the nurse influencer needed to also have their own self-hosted website in addition to their other social media handles. Its wonderful to be an Instagram sensation, but its also important to have a home base (er, blog!) to call your home. (After all, that is the only platform out there that you can actually own).
Here were a few other things taken into consideration:
Interesting topic selection
Original content ideas (there is a lot of regurgitation out there!)
Has at least one self-hosted website to match their brand
On multiple social media handles
Check out these amazing nurse bloggers you may not have heard of yet!
Sarah K. Wells, MSN, RN, is the founder and innovator at NewThingNurse.com. Her passion is to help nurses of all ages, specialties and experience levels harness that power to accomplish their academic, professional and personal goals through supportive coaching and advisement.
As part of her book of business, Sarah also offers social media consulting and 1:1 content writing coach.
In addition, Sarah is a nationwide educational and motivational speaker on many subjects, including finding a your first job as a new grad, keeping your nursing career fresh, workplace violence, mock code creation, RN’s and social media use, and bridging generational gaps within the nursing profession.
Sarah, is an emergency room nurse who, you guessed it, loves a farmer. She frequently writes about her life raising 3 little boys on their family farm while managing her career as a nurse.
Sarah’s niche topics include farming, home-cooked recipes, family life, all things motherhood and photography. She is very active and has large followings on instagram and Facebook.
In addition, she has contributed to the Huffington Post, Yummy Mummy Club, Parent-Tested Parent-Approved (PTPA) websites, as well as The Western Producer. She also previously wrote for Rocky Mountain Equipment’s internal newsletter, and is a regular contributor to Grainews Magazine.
Nikki, ICU nurse and yoga instructor is the creator of Nurse Tribe, a website dedicated to helping nurses overcome burnout through yoga and meditation.
On her website she teaches nurses how to stress less, stay fit and cultivate holistic wellness from within. She offers helpful guides for self-care goal setting and actionable videos to help improve the physical and mental health of nurses, both in and out of scrubs.
Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN, is the CEO of The Nurse Speak, a boutique nursing education and consulting company. He specializes in creating individualized consulting, mentoring and tutoring services for nursing students, new graduate nurses, other healthcare program students, and healthcare related companies.
Jenkins was also a speaker at the 2019 National Nurses in Business Association. His spoke about “building your brand identity from idea to reality.” So not only is he an interesting nurse influencer to follow, but he’s teaching other nurse creators to do the same.
Janine Kelbach, a labor and delivery nurse of 13 years, is the creator of Write RN, a business platform for coaching nurses how to become successful healthcare writers. She is also a co-host of the Savvy Scribe Podcast where she provides business-building strategies, systems and success stories for high performing health writers to her students in The Savvy Scribe Tribe.
Kelbach started writing for different healthcare blogs and websites in 2012. Currently, Janine is currently writing articles and social media content for publishing companies and various clients including Motherly, parenting websites, and online nursing magazines.
(You can find more of Janine’s work and janinekelbach.contenly.com).
Emma is a Clinical Nurse Specialist who works rotating shifts as an emergency room nurse, as well as primary nurse blogger for their website, The Other Shift. Her husband Dan is the backbone of all-things “techy” in the business.
Together, Emma and Dan created The Other Shift a blog dedicated towards helping shift workers manage sleep fatigue, find time for exercise, stay healthy and find the right balance between ‘you time’ and managing relationships.
On their website you can find helpful courses, survival guides, meal plans, and advice for nurses who want to find control in having an irregular schedule.
Sarah, BSN, RN is an emergency room nurse, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, healthcare writer and blogger at MotherNurseLove.com. She also has a prior bachelors degree in Journalism.
After becoming a parent and finding that there was a lack of support for RN moms, Sarah created Mother Nurse Love, a resource that helps inspire the Nurse Mom to recognize their own self-care needs, provide useful nurse & mom lifestyle information, and thrive in both family and career.
Her writing has also been featured on other popular nurse sites including Allnurses.com, The Daily Nurse and The Huffington Post.
Cat Golden, RN BSN is a pediatric RN with a prior business degree and creator of Nine Lives Health. Her website provides nurses with a centralized community of support and a variety of tools that provide structure to the nurse mindset.
She founded the LEAP LAND LIVE Method, a personalized mentorship program, to help nurses find routine and stability in what is normally the chaos of nursing.
In addition, Cat founded the #nursesinspirenurses movement to help nurses take control of their current work situations and inspire positive changes in the nursing profession by supporting one another.
Kate is an ICU nurse, mom, and enthusiastic foodie turned blogger at RealFoodRN,com. In her years of nursing she found herself disappointed with a healthcare system that often pushes pills instead of focusing on disease prevention. This lead her to go back to school for holistic nutrition and learn to counsel people on how to live a better live through nutrition.
Not only does she blog regularly about delicious, healthy recipes, but she also started the Real Food RN Wellness Podcast where she talks about all things healthy eating.
Kate has been featured in publications such as Nurse.org, Healthy Holistic Living and Health Starts In The Kitchen.
Nurse Mike, Have Mursy
Michael Ward is an acute care nurse practitioner student, critical care nurse, keynote speaker, fitness enthusiast, dad to 5 boys, and creator of the blog HaveMursey.com.
As a self proclaimed advocate for men in nursing, Mike states that his mission is to change the stigma associated with men in the profession. In addition to his bog where he writes about varies nurse education and lifestyle topics, he has a very strong influencer following on Twitter.
K Chandler, a pediatric RN, goes by the name “The Traveling Nurse” and strives to motivate her readers to work hard and travel harder. On her website and blog, TheTravelingNurse.com, she strives to give back to others through donated medical supplies and sharing valuable nursing lifestyle information.
In addition to her globe trotting as a travel nurse and on medical missions (most recently in Kenya!), she really shines as an Instagram influencer. Her gorgeous feed documents her amazing nursing care and highlights her travels around the world.
Anna M. Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CCRN, PCCN, is an experienced nurse all over the hosptial setting: medical/surgical, telemetry, cardiovascular ICU, nurse manager, and even travel nursing. She created her website TheBurnoutBook.com to highlight issues within the nursing profession such as burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral distress.
As a nurse influencer, Anna is a blogger, conference speaker, and AACN ambassador. In addition, she is an Instagram favorite among many nurses where she provides honest personal candor, and inspiration for many nurses struggling within the nursing profession.
Amanda is an Ivy-league educated nurse practitioner, twin mom, freelance writer and content creator at TheResumeRX.com. She states on her website that superb grammar is her love language and has a passion for helping nurses create clean, modern resumes and cover letters that make a memorable first impression.
But she not only creates incredible nursing resume templates and provides courses to help nurses find their dream job – she also manages to blog frequently on her website. Her content is original, inspiring and actionable.
Her instagram account is as clean and beautiful as her templates, and she has a large (and growing) following among nurses.
Lindsey is a nurse practitioner and yoga instructor with a passion for teaching nurses preventative holistic healthcare from the yoga mat. Her mission: to help nurses transform and live their best nurse lives.
She offers online programs, live programs and even does private coaching, all of which can be accessed from her website YogaHealthNurse.com. If you become a part of her email list she has fantastic bi-weekly doses of yoga inspiration and offers a way to connect with a group of other like-minded nurse yogis (including many first timers!)
I hope you enjoyed reading about the these up-and-coming nurse influencers! If you haven’t already take a moment to check out some of their websites. You may find a new nurse influencer that resonates with you and can help inspire you within your own personal and professional life!
Do you ever feel like you have something you need to share with the world? Maybe you have a few hidden talents or interests that you want to talk about. Or perhaps you feel burned out of your career and want a place to proactively vent your frustrations and find helpful solutions. Either way, you have ideas, and they need an outlet!
I get that. I’ve felt the same way for years.
Luckily we are in the age where we can express ourselves in many different ways through the interweb. And the technology just keeps getting better and faster. There has never been a better or easier time to utilize the internet for sharing valuable ideas.
I am a blogger and proud of it.
I follow many other website creators with whom I share the same interests. Mainly, other bloggers, nurses, and mothers I have a lot in common with and who I feel I can learn from. Over time I have found so many benefits of personal blogging, and I continue to find new ones as time goes by.
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But first, let me tell you the story of how I discovered blogging.
After the birth of my first child in 2015, I found that it was increasingly more difficult for me to read books at home, as I was busy caring for a new infant. To get myself out of the house and get some exercise into my life, I started taking my daughter for two or sometimes 3-hour walks around the neighborhood. It felt good to be out of the house again. But I still missed my reading.
It was at that time that I discovered podcasts. I loved them because I could put on my earphones and get lost in interesting conversations that were occurring among adults. I was hooked! Each morning from then on, I walked my new baby and listened to 3, 4, 5, or even more podcast episodes. It felt fantastic to have more mental stimulation again, and I loved every minute of my long daily walks.
One day I started researching some of my favorite podcasters online. I found out that almost all of them also had a blog that corresponded closely with their podcasts. Up until then, I didn’t even know that blogging was a “thing.”
Not long after that, I caught the blogging bug myself. I started researching anything and everything I could get my hands on about how to create a successful blog. And the rest is blog history.
9 Benefits Of Personal Blogging in 2019
Reason #1: Blogging gives you a voice
When you own a blog, you get to say, share, and teach anything and everything you want to. You OWN the platform.
Your job as a blogger is to cultivate and find your inner voice. You have a unique opportunity to build a tribe of listeners. If your goal is to relate to your audience and provide value, then you need to speak honestly and from the heart about topics that you consider yourself very good at. In other words, your blog NEEDS a voice.
In the beginning, you may find that you aren’t sure what you want to say. So just start writing. Your first ten posts might suck (don’t let that scare you, everyone’s do!). But that is how you learn and excel. Over time, practice does make perfect!
One of the most beautiful things I have discovered about having a blog is that it has made me a WAY better communicator. I take my blog writing seriously, and I genuinely strive to be a valuable resource.
Find your voice, and you will find your audience. If you are blogging correctly, you will effectively create a voice for your blog that will exclude most people. This is a good thing! Because you can’t write for everyone and you shouldn’t try to. As a result, you will create a more loyal following of people with whom you share similar interests.
My voice is all about the RN and mom lifestyle. What will your voice be?
Reason #2: Blogging helps you organize your thoughts on paper
I mentioned earlier that as a beginning blogger, it is quite possible that your first ten or more blog posts might not be your best work. But if you keep at it, it won’t stay that way. You get better with practice. Swiftly.
Blogging makes you a better writer and a better thinker. Blogging makes people better conversationalists about the topics they write about.
Writing makes you a more critical thinker. Because when you write, you have to communicate thoughtfully and articulately. It forces you to think of several different aspects of a specific topic. Therefore, you have the opportunity to become an expert and tribe leader within your chosen writing niche. Most people just don’t put that much thought into a subject when they don’t have to organize it for other people to read on paper.
When you think about it that way, you have the potential to become smarter than the non-blogger. So start writing!
Reason #3. Blogging connects you with like-minded people
I have found that there is another world of other nerdy mom and nurse bloggers out there, just like me. They work all day and then pull their computers out after the kids go to bed. And like me, they burn the midnight oil and create exciting content by focusing their consciousness on things they are already good at. In time they become experts within their niche.
But, blogging can get lonely when you are sitting alone at your computer for hours. Which is another reason why it is good to connect with other bloggers within your niche. Connecting with other bloggers has helped me in so many ways:
Sharing helpful content from my blogger peers and vice versa
Learning how to blog better and faster
Forming relationships with other bloggers
I love it when readers leave me comments on blog posts. And I love responding even more. It tells me that I created a dialog that is worth having and that people are reading my posts! Readers also give me new ideas about things I want to write about in the future!
Reason #4. Blogging opens a world of opportunities
One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is that people and companies reach out to me with opportunities, instead of me reaching out to them! It has taken me a lot of work and time to get to this point, and I expect the opportunities to continue to grow with time. I have companies asking if I will guest post on their site or if they can put advertising on my website. I get emails almost every day, asking me to promote products. It is a lot of fun!
(I am learning how to be very selective about who I work with, though. It is essential only to do the things that are worth your time and politely decline the rest. And to be honest, I just don’t have a lot of time to work with many people at this time.)
Here are a few other examples of opportunities blogging has given me in the last year:
Guest posting opportunities
Guest podcast opportunities
Higher paying affiliate offers
Here is the best part – you can blog from anywhere in the world you want to as long as you have internet access. Any time of the day or night, you can blog. It offers the ultimate flexibility.
Reason #5 Blogging helps others find information
My #1 goal is to provide value to readers. When people turn to Google to find niche-specific information, I want to be the first website they see (as long as it is genuinely answering a question or solving an issue that they are looking for). There are several ways that bloggers can provide value when discussing a particular topic:
Create a “How To” post
Make a checklist post. Lists automatically provide structure to your blog post and de-stress your reader.
Write a research-based blog post. As an RN, I live in a world where everything needs to be evidenced-based. If it’s not, then it may not be relevant or valuable. I often link back to Pub Med studies to give my posts more credibility.
Write an interview post. People love reading about people’s lives.
Reason #6. Blogging is an enormous challenge
To say that learning how to blog is a “challenge” would be an understatement. There are so many moving parts to managing a blog that it sometimes makes my head spin. But the harder it gets, the more I want to learn and grow as a blogger.
Blogging forces you to think in ways you haven’t considered before. Without challenge, there is no growth.
There are many benefits of personal blogging
Reason #7. Blogging can become a business
There are bloggers out there who make money. As a nurse, it seems that we are making less money each year, yet the cost of living continues to grow higher. For that reason, many nurses I know have a side hustle to supplement their income. That is one of the many reasons why I started blogging after my first daughter was born.
Blogging can be a hobby, a side hustle, or a full-time family business. But it takes a ton of effort, research, training, and determination to get it started and build momentum. I always say that blogging is a marathon, not a sprint (especially if you already work and have babies to take care of).
Reason #8. Blogging is fun
When I’m not blogging, I’m usually thinking about blogging, because I get such immense joy from it. I get frustrated when I have to stop blogging and go to bed so I can get some sleep!
Reason #9. Blogging gives you freedom
Blogging gives me the freedom to write and share information about anything I desire. Since I have a self-hosted website, I own my site. It is mine, and I can do with it whatever I please. When I am frustrated and burned out at work, this knowledge gives me a sense of peace. It has become an outlet that has ultimately helped me become a better nurse, writer, and thinker.
I also have the freedom to create my website however I desire, with my favorite colors and fonts.
Professional bloggers have the freedom to work anywhere they want in the world, so long as they have internet access. I know bloggers who work while on vacation, some even blog about their vacation!
Are you ready to start blogging? You can find more information about how to get starting on my blogging resource page!
I have a confession. My biggest nursing career fear is working for an hourly wage as a floor nurse forever.
Of course, there are other things I fear in my nursing career as well. Such as staying burned out working 12’s hour shifts, physically being unable to work after decades of wear-and-tear, and not reaching my full career potential.
But the one thing that really keeps me up at night is the idea of not creating a future for myself that has flexibility, freedom, opportunity, and more money. I have ambition, dammit. And it’s about time for a big change.
In order for me to make career decisions that will help me reach my fullest nursing career potential moving forward, I thought it was wise to revisit my career history. What inspired and motivated me in the past? Where are my strengths and weaknesses? What are my biggest priorities from here moving forward and how do I reach them?
So, (deep breath) here we go…
I was once an aspiring writer in college.
Way, way back in the day, before I ever even considered becoming a registered nurse, I was a journalism major with a minor in women’s studies. I wrote for our student newspaper, The Orion, and I loved it. I enjoyed the teamwork and even though I felt way in over my head a lot of the time I absolutely loved the challenge.
But then I graduated with a little debt and decided I was tired of being a poor college student. I wanted the money! After looking at a few options and going on about 50 intense interviews I finally got my first job as a medical device salesperson.
Reflective takeaway: I have experience working for an award-winning college newspaper. I enjoyed the challenge and the teamwork aspect.
They say hindsight is 20/20. Can a deep dive into my career history inspire my future career as a nurse?
In my first career, I sold medical devices to hospital operating rooms.
I spent the next decade working in the competitive field of surgical equipment sales for a Fortune 100 company and a few medical device startups. It was intense and I did very well, but there was always a feeling that I could be doing something even more important. My soul was craving more clinical education and critical thinking. I remember thinking to myself “I don’t want to work my whole career just being a salesperson!” I needed a bigger purpose.
So after years of soul searching, I made the difficult decision to leave the field in pursuit of greater clinical medical knowledge. I went back to school and achieved a BS in Nursing.
Reflective takeaway: I have many valuable professional skills that I can apply to other careers. And I’m hyper-competitive.
I became a second-career nurse.
I began my career specializing in a Neuroscience and Stroke unit and earned certifications as a Stroke Certified Registered Nurse and Public Health Nurse. In 2017, I began a new phase in my nursing career as an Emergency Room RN.
I love that I help others for a living and I enjoy the mental stimulation I get at work during my 12-hour shifts. Becoming a nurse has even helped me deal with the craziness of motherhood in some ways because it helps me distinguish things that I should be concerned with things that are not a big deal. (I have my time on a neuroscience floor and as an ER nurse to thank for that!)
However, the physical wear-and-tear and caregiver fatigue has got me feeling completely spent at times. And upper-management within the hospital is not something I am interested in at all.
Reflective takeaway: I enjoy using my clinical expertise to help others. But I also need to make my own health needs a priority.
I want to be a working mom who makes my own rules. Having children changes everything.
Starting a family intensified my biggest nursing career fear: a lifetime of working 12-hour shifts at the hospital
Having children really does change everything. I am grateful for all of the amazing experiences I have had in nursing. However, I see the future through a different lens now. My husband and I are currently raising two toddlers and my priorities are forever changed. My purpose for success was so completely different. Now my reason for success is my family.
And so, here I am seven years into my nursing career and I have this gnawing sensation that I need to “blow up” my career again. It is time to make room for more professional growth and development.
As a part of this process I made a list of my future career priorities:
Being a positive role model for my children
Reflective takeaway: Becoming a parent changed my career priorities and needs. Work-life balance is key.
Next (baby) steps…
In 2016 I created a nurse mom blog called MotherNurseLove.com. In the sparse amount of free time I have, I am creating a website, writing blog posts and taking courses to hone in on my new craft. My venture is being crafted out of my love for writing, my business management experience, my clinical knowledge as a nurse and life experience as a mother. I am creating my own opportunity that is more in line with my current career priorities (as mentioned above).
For clarity, my niche (or at least the niche I am striving to create) is: “nurse mom lifestyle blogger with an emphasis on nurse self-care” My goal is to write about nurse mom lifestyle topics that interest me and finding helpful ways for nurses to take better care of themselves.
Turning my nursing career fear into a catalyst for growth is a process. As I grow older (and hopefully wiser!) I am discovering that there are so many paths that nurses can take. The sky is the limit as long as I work hard and continually open myself to learning new skills.
My ultimate goal: To create a career for myself where I can combine my journalism degree with my nursing knowledge and motherly experience. This is the first “career” I have ever had where I didn’t have to fill out an extensive application and interview for the position. For the very first time, I am warming to the idea of being my OWN boss. And I’m really looking forward to what the future will hold.
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you are a nurse who is looking for alternative career options or wants to find ways to take better care of yourself as a working mom and RN please join my email list below!
I came up with this list of 101 interesting blog post ideas for nurses so that I could prove a point: there are so many things that nurses can write about. And I barely even scratched the surface with this list!
Nurses, by nature, are lifelong learners.
Nurses generally love learning. If we didn’t, we would have never made it through nursing school in the first place.
To keep our skills up to par and our licenses current, nurses frequently take continuing education courses. Many of us go a step further and become certified experts in our nursing specialties. Most importantly, being a nurse requires learning about changes in the field of medicine and being open to new challenges during every shift. Healthcare is ever-changing, and it is increasingly important for nurses to stay fresh.
Nurses have a unique perspective that we can share with readers.
This is the coolest part about becoming a nurse blogger: each post about nursing can be written about from a completely different perspective. There are so many different specialties and diverse patient populations. And every nurse has different skill sets and experiences within their career that they can share. Furthermore, some nurses can bring unique backgrounds into the mix, as many become nurses as a second or even third career.
In other words, nurses can bring a lot of life experience into their writing. We have valuable information to share.
Becoming a nurse blogger has welcome benefits
First, you’ll become a better writer. Each time you create a new piece, you improve and continue to develop your writing skills.
Second, you’ll become a better thinker. The blogging process helps you to stop and think deeper. You will find yourself having stronger opinions about nurse topics that matter. You will discover thoughts and ideas about nursing that you didn’t even know you had.
I want to see more nurses blogging.
Since I began blogging in 2017, I have read nearly every nurse blog I can find on the internet. I have seen some pretty creative nurse niches and been inspired by what my fellow nurse peers are writing about.
I especially love reading about the amazing things nurses are doing in the face of adversary. For example, I recently read about how nurses in Paradise California continued to care for hospitalized patients during the most devastating fire in modern history. At one point, some were outside trying to fight flames. Now, if that isn’t blog-worthy, then nothing is.
(I want to interview more nurses who go on medical missions and help people in need after catastrophic events. Many nurses care for patients in the face of devastation, and their stories should be shared. In time, I will get there.)
101 interesting blog post ideas for nurses to write about.
I put a lot of effort into thinking of new topics that I would be interested in reading (or writing) about as a nurse. Don’t be surprised if you see several of these topics on my blog over the next year.
So, without further ado, here it is: 101 interesting blog post ideas for nurses. (If there is anything you thing I should add, please leave a comment and I will add it to my next list!)
Advice for getting through the first year as a nurse
(You need to know by now – if your goal IS to monetize your blog you must invest in a few courses to help move you forward. Otherwise, blogging is a lonely, frustrating island.)
Nurse Blogging 101: Healthcare Media Academy – If you are a nurse or other healthcare blogger, I highly recommend starting with this one. Creators Brittany Wilson and Kati Kleber are both published, award-winning authors who are also considered the Godmothers in nurse blogging. They are especially great because they go into more detail about patient privacy concerns and other considerations that healthcare bloggers need to be aware of.
Pinterest Ninja: If you want to understand how Pinterest can grow blog traffic, you need this Pinterest Ninja Course. A blogger colleague of mine, Megan Johnson, created Pinterest Ninja to help people increase their blog pages views by the thousands. I did the course when I was on maternity leave, and I was able to increase my blog traffic from 0-1000/day in just over one month. Seriously, read some of her reviews. Her course is invaluable.
Are you an aspiring nurse blogger who needs a little direction? Drop me a message, and I can forward you some of my resources that helped get me started as a nurse blogger!
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