Every industry has blogs that discuss topics related to that industry and nursing is no exception. Maybe you haven’t thought about blogging as a nurse but there are many benefits to it. Not only are there already some great blogs out there for the nursing industry to read, there are also benefits to the nurse for blogging as well.
Why All Nurses Should Blog
Not sure what they are? Let’s take a look at five reasons why all nurses should blog:
Nurses make great bloggers
Many nurses don’t realize their potential as bloggers. They may think they’re not any good with technology, or that they won’t have anything to write about when actually, nurses make great bloggers. Every day in your job you must find creative and innovative ways to do things. You have to adjust to new and changing technology on a regular basis. There are many ways your work as a nurse overlaps into traits that make you a great blogger.
Nurses have great attention to detail
Attention to detail is required as a nurse and it’s something that can really take an average blog above and beyond to an awesome blog. You can put those skills to work with your blog and it will stand out among others on similar topics.
Nurses can teach others
Primetime television has given false impressions of what the medical field is really like. This is your chance to tell the world what nursing is really like.
Nurses can inspire others
Maybe you don’t think about it every day but nursing is a very inspiring profession. You save lives and you work hard every day. You never know who might be reading your blog and you might inspire an existing nurse who needs a little motivation to continue with her day, or you might drive someone to want to become a nurse with the words that you write.
Nurses can find support
Another reason why every nurse should blog is to find support. It’s a tough profession and the kind words of another can go a long way. Sometimes just knowing that someone else feels the way you do or has experienced the same thing can make you feel better. This is why writing nursing blogs and reading the blogs of other nurses can be very helpful.
Blogging is a great way to share your feelings about the work that you do. This can be a great way to relieve stress or get out those feelings you have about the work you do each day. Maybe you want to share how you’ve been inspired, or just the basics of your busy work day. You can also blog about what it’s like to be a nurse while also wearing other hats in your life. For example, nurses are also moms and dads, brothers and sisters, and partners to others in life. How does nursing help you be a better parent? A better friend? What lessons have you learned from nursing that help you in your relationship? These are all great things you could blog about.
Beyond all of this, blogging is a great way to build your personal brand online. You can make a name for yourself and stand out in your profession. When someone looks you up online, they will find a professional presentation of who you are. This is especially beneficial if you’re trying to move up to a new stage in your profession or apply for a new position. You can present yourself as a thought leader in your industry, or create a blog that helps promote wellness.
You can even use your nurse blog as a foundation for a side job as a health coach or a wellness expert. You can earn extra income from your blog and use your nurse credentials as the authority source. You could sell ebooks or courses to help people learn to be healthier. The options are endless once you become comfortable with the basics of blogging.
With these five reasons in mind, you’re ready to consider blogging for yourself. If you’ve never done it before, don’t stress about it. Part of the fun is learning how and discovering what you really want to write about. While there are some guidelines to keep in mind – such as not including any identifiers for patients or situations, due to privacy concerns, but for the most part, you can find creative ways to share all of your nursing experiences.
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If you want to get a jump start on things, I would like to invite you to attend a live training session at the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) conference this fall. During a 5-hour pre-conference workshop Kati Kleber from FreshRN and myself will dive into all the tools you need to identify your purpose and brand, start and grow a blog, leverage social media, create and market quality content, and discuss some practical considerations as well.:
- Business basics of blogging
- How to create and market quality content
- How to build a community who trusts you
- Branding and consistency
- Time management, prioritization, and delegation
By purchasing a membership in the NNBA you will receive access to a network of over several thousand nurses, leaders, and mentors, you’ll have the support, advice, and encouragement of colleagues who share your experience and aspirations. NNBA members benefit from a wealth of resources and services dedicated to advancing and promoting nurses’ success in business.
Will you be joining us there?