Most people know that blogging is an excellent way to tell stories and share information. It places power with individuals and allows anyone anywhere the ability to have a voice. But even thought it’s a great medium for storytelling, can nurses who blog use their online presence to improve the nursing profession? Can they use their voice to connect with others nurses and make a positive difference?
Things have certainly been busy in my neck of the woods. If you’re a regular reader you might have noticed that my updates have been light for the last few weeks. Most of my writing energy has been devoted to the book I’ve written that in the process of begin edited and due to be published in August. I’m really excited about the book and that I’ll be a full-fledged author.
Being a mother is the most rewarding job any of us will ever have. However, it is not a job that will put food on the table and clothes on our backs. Adding to your family is essentially increasing the amount of money going out while giving you less time to work.
It is a cycle that can be exhausting. Needing second or third jobs to make ends meet seems like a simple solution to those who don’t have kids. For us we are well aware that we barely have time for our current priorities. By taking a second job we are giving up on precious time with our kids and that is not something any good parent wants to sacrifice.
Without a doubt, AllNurses.com is one of the largest nursing forums on the web. Heck, they may even be largest. They have an amazing potential to help other nurses connect with each others and help each other. They could do this even better if they allow nurse entrepreneurs to interact with their community and share their content.
According to a national survey conducted by Wakefield Research, almost one in four physicians are currently working or have worked as a locum tenens provider, taking advantage of the various benefits the practice alternative provides. What’s more, the findings indicate three out of four physicians are considering taking a locum tenens assignment in the future. Sponsored by CHG Healthcare Services, the study polled 1,000 providers from around the country.
The nursing profession offers a solid, steady career path. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing jobs are expected to grow at a “faster than average” rate and the number of retiring nurses will create a shortage in coming years. Even with these circumstances, this is not the time to sit back and take it easy when applying for a nursing job. Your resume is your first impression on a future employer, and there’s no better way to initially showcase your achievements and professionalism.
Nurs3w are coming together online to discuss many aspects of their careers. We share funny stories, tragedies, what we’ve learned, and what we hope to learn. There are many forums, facebook groups, and other large forums to connect with other nurses. There are also great nursing blogs and tumblr accounts that can give more specialty specific looks at the nursing profession.
In this day and age our methods of relaxation are a far cry from those of the past. Long gone are the days of kick-the-can and stick-ball. We now have more vibrant forms of entertainment. I personally enjoy spending far too much time on the internet (or “computing” as my husband calls it). In addition to blogging and checking out funny cat picture, I also spend a large amount of time just web surfing or emailing. I’m also able to stay connected with friend and family in ways I never could before. And hey, if I feel like stalking an ex-boyfriend or old roommate, facebook is there to provide me hours of creepy stalkerish entertainment. However, to be completely honest, one of my most favorite pastimes is gaming.
I had no idea when I started blogging that I would be able to turn into a part time income. I had not even began to think about the fact that if I was dedicated to it, and made a leap, that I could potentially blog full time one day. I could replace my entire income with blogging, if I wanted. I know how to do it. I know others that have done it. But it just requires so much time, and like most of us, I just don’t have a whole lot of it.
We’re all busy.