The Year in Review – The Top 10 Posts of 2015

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Year in Review The Top 10 Posts of 2015

2015 has been a remarkable year for The Nerdy Nurse! Traffic has grown by over 200%, and we’ve had some amazing opportunities to highlight exciting and innovative products and tools in the world of nursing and technology.

One of the most interesting things about the top posts of 2015 is that most of them were actually written before 2015. In fact, only 2 of the posts were written in 2015. The distribution of content is as follows:

  • 2015 – 2 Posts
  • 2014 – 2 posts
  • 2013 – 4 posts
  • 2012 – 2 posts

I try to produce content that is considered evergreen, and valuable for years to come. I am thankful to see that that proves to be true.

So let’s take a dive into the most popular posts in 2015 to see what they have to offer. If you haven’t read any of these, you should take the time to check them out.

Most Popular Posts of 2015

Top 10 Nursing Shoes For Women – This posts helps nurses find the perfect pair of nursing shoes. What I like about this post is that all the shoes can be purchased on Amazon, which typically saves around 15-30% off most nursing shows. Since nurses spend so much time on their feet, great shoes are a must. This post has helped thousands of nurses find great footwear.

How to Pass the NCLEX with 75 Questions in One Attempt – I was fortunate enough to pass the NCLEX on the first attempt and with only 75 questions. I didn’t find the NCLEX to be nearly as challenging as I thought it was going to be and I attributed that to a rigorous curriculum and studying more test taking strategies rather than just trying to memorize content. This post gives great tips and provides additional NCLEX prep resources.

10 Best Stethoscopes for Nurses – Having a great stethoscope is a must! However, there are so many choices, and many nurses are looking for a good recommendation for a stethoscope. I collected a list of some of the most popular stethoscopes for nurses to help nurses find one that is right for them. What’s great is that many nurse spouses, friends, and family have also used the list to find a good stethoscope to give a nurse or nursing student as a gift.

10 Phrases Every Nurse Should Know in Spanish – Nurses encounter Spanish-speaking patients on a routine basis. Unfortunately, there isn’t often enough time in nursing school to provide event basic medical Spanish for nurses. A guest blogger recorded a fantastic video and wrote an excellent blog post focusing on some of the most important phrases that nurses should learn in Spanish. It’s been a big hit, and it makes me happy to know that many lives have been touched by this post.

15 Things Every Nursing Student Needs to Know – Nursing school doesn’t teach you everything you need to know about being a nurse. I wanted to make sure nursing students had some insight into the things about their chosen profession that often isn’t conveyed in lecture. It’s proved to be a great resource for nursing students for several years.

Top 9 Nursing Shoes for Men – 9.6% or RNSs and 8.1 of LPNs are male. They need great shoes too! So I rounded up some of the very best choices and outlined some of their benefits. This post has proven to be a valuable resource for male nurses and nursing students.

5 Reasons Why Every Nurse Should Wear Compression Socks – Many nurses swear by compression socks, and with good reason. When you spend 12 hours a day on your feet, you put tremendous strain on your legs and run the risk of developing circulation issues, leg cramps and pain, and unsightly spider veins. Compression socks solve that problem, and many nurses like the fun and funky styles showcased in this post.

8 Best White Nursing Shoes for Women – Some hospitals require nurses to wear all white nursing shoes. More commonly, however, is nursing schools requiring nursing students to wear solid white nursing shoes. It can be hard to find a great pair, so we rounded up some of the best to help nurses find great and affordable choices.

The Comcast Data Cap is Ruining My Life – The Comcast data cap is one of the biggest technical thorns in my side. It drives me nuts. It’s unfiar, has been created purely for profit, and causes conflict in my household. I wrote an in-depth post examining the history of Comcast data caps and provided suggestions for ways to Comcast customers to combat this technical backhand.

7 Tips to Stay Awake on Night Shift – When I transitioned to night shift, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever adjust. I did, but it took some work. I share some helpful tips on staying awake on night shift that many nurses have found to be very valuable.

What’s in Store for 2016?

In 2016, we will dig into more nursing topics that are of interest and well and trying to spend more time focusing on technologies that empower nurses to provide better patient care. We’re always looking for suggestions, so please take a minute to share a comment about the types of post you’re looking to see.

This post was written as part of the Nurse Blog Carnival. More posts on this topic can be found at If you are interested in participating, find out more details and sign up.

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8 thoughts on “The Year in Review – The Top 10 Posts of 2015”

  1. Hello, I am stepping my toe in to the world of thinking about blogging…but what I would like to see is more of you. You were great on the #iamanurse live social media event…you are great on camera and voice…so more of that …funny the one without a blog is making all these requests…but ya asked ;).

    1. Well goodness. You are making me blush!
      Video is something I’d like to get into on a more routine basis, but it requires loads more effort and patience that blogging does for me. I’m not the savviest editor, and I never like how I look and sound on video (who does?). However, your vote of confidence gives me the encouragement I need to know to spend more time on this as soon as I have some room in my schedule.

  2. These are such a great list of articles. I love your writing style about everything about nurse and feel interested with your site. Wish you a new successful yer ahead!

  3. Dr Rachel Silva, DNP

    Dear Brittney,
    For me, your website and blog is the golden standard for nurses interested in creating a website and blogging. I always learn something new, from healthcare topics, posts related to nursing interests, to tech posts.

    I appreciate how you shared the distribution of the top posts from the years they were posted. Goes to show the importance of evergreen articles that will stand the test of time. Your top 10 lists also highlights how some of the most read article are those that provide a list of some sort, such as “Ten Best Stethoscopes for Nurses.”

    You inspire me, motivate me and provide the tools to be successful. For that, I thank you, Brittney! Looking forward to all that is in store for The Nerdy Nurse this upcoming year 🙂

  4. Hi Brittney,
    You are the nurse blogger we all look to for ongoing advice and guidance! You are a role model and have taught me so much.
    Your content is timeless and helps so many nurses.
    Your focus on sharing and collaboration is a lesson for all areas of our profession.
    With thanks for all you do!
    Happy New Year!

  5. These are very interesting posts Brittney. I enjoyed the “Tips to staying awake on night shift. when posts continue being popular after several years, you know it’s an area most nurses want answers to.
    Great Job!

  6. Glad to see this awesome list of articles that nurses can benefit from, Brittney. I missed the compression socks one and loved it! Congrats on all your new traffic too. When I did my top ten I only used posts written/published in 2015 and also have some that continue to be well read year after year. Happy 2016!

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