A very good question! Blogging is an opportunity to share our experiences, our victories, our challenges, and everything in between. This new way of communicating via technology gives us the opportunity to focus on what we do and quickly share our thoughts with each other.
There are several reasons why blogging is great for nurses. One of the best reasons … we have a lot to say! We do so much in our professional lives. We nurture, we provide care, we assess, we manage—the list goes on and on. In our healthcare setting, we are like traffic controllers (in addition to having the skill set of pilots, administrators, attendants, baggage carriers, and ticket agents). We are the glue of the hospital, clinic, and office. We manage the intricate lives of those around us, caring for our patients, families, physicians, and visitors. You get the picture.
Blogging opens a world of exchange that supports the development of our skills. The more we exchange information about what works and what fails, the better our care will be. Blogging gives us a vast opportunities to learn—not only about empirical best practices but also from our experienced peers who possess proven methods for our delivery of care. Our traditional nursing communities were once confined to our specific work place or state and national service line organizations. Blogging offers insight from peers around the globe who focus on specific areas that interest us most. Connecting with them can help us provide the best care possible for our patients.
I suggest you give it a try. Do a little research; use your search engine (Bing) and type in “Nursing Blogs.” There are so many. There are blogs dedicated to specialty areas such as technology, patient-centered care, and student nurses. There are informative blogs, funny blogs, and many, many more. For starters, visit:
And check out Katy Katz’s blog post, “24 Nursing Blogs You Need to Read in 2014.”