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TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH: Spotlight on Nursing Blogs and Podcasts

This week’s edition of the Traveler’s Guide to Nursing and Allied Health takes a look at some great nursing blogs and podcasts providing information and entertainment specifically for those on the healthcare frontlines.


Whether you’re scrolling through social media on your phone, Googling on your laptop, or watching the latest series to drop on Hulu, none of us suffer from a lack of content. Some of it’s good, some of it’s bad, and some is totally forgettable. Still, current and former nurses are writing and producing some of the best information and entertainment available. We’re just scratching the surface, but we found a few blogs and podcasts worth a read or listen providing great information, entertaining stories, and fresh perspectives.

Fresh RN

Host Kati Kleber, MSN RN, is here to hold hands and guide first-year registered nurses through their challenges on the Fresh RN. With more than ten years of experience in cardiac med-surg, step-down, and neurocritical care, the 2015 Charlotte Business Journal Nurse of the Year offers plenty of tips and advice. Kati dives into topics such as new technologies and equipment, studying for the NCLEX, tips for communicating with patients and their families, and what to do when you don’t score your dream job.


The Nerdy Nurse

From professional development to Bluetooth stethoscopes and tips on travel nurse housing, The Nerdy Nurse is a great resource for nursing and technology content. Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, is the award-winning author (The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology, The Nurse’s Guide to Blogging) and blogger behind the site. Wilson worked in med-surg, clinical informatics system administration and implementation, and strives to build communities for healthcare professionals. From the best backpacks for nursing students to how technology improves working conditions, The Nerdy Nurse has covered you.


AJN Off the Charts

The official blog of the American Journal of Nursing, which has covered the nursing profession since 1900, Off the Charts covers important research findings, policy controversies, clinical practices, public health news, and more.  Working nurses, patients, professors, researchers, and others contribute vital information and perspective on important issues affecting nurses and healthcare.


Shift Talk

Listen to how a Lakota woman used her early life experiences to develop a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive approach to care as a psychiatric NP working at a federally qualified health center. Or hear the story of one nurse who called out her administrators after being thrown into a chaotic ICU during COVID-19. Shift Talk explorers the good and bad of nursing while aiming to create a kinder, more nurturing culture to share ideas, innovations, and experiences shaping the future of nursing.


Gritty Nurse Podcast

Amie Archibald-Varley, RN, BScN, MScN-CP Women’s Health and Sara Fung, RV, BScN, MN, IBCLC, CAPM get down and dirty exploring clinical, political, and personal issues that arise in the nursing profession on The Gritty Nurse Podcast. Both nurses/hosts are passionate about health equity, mental health, fighting gender discrimination, anti-racism, and improving working conditions for nurses.



Nurse Buff

Nurse Buff is the be-all and end-all for nursing content. Like a trip to Target, you can find just about anything you’re looking for on this blog. Best shoes for nurses, tips for the NCLEX, inspirational quotes, Nurse Buff covers a full scope of issues and topics. Contributing writers and reliable sources bring decades of clinical and administrative experience, providing informative and thought-provoking content on self-care, nurse-friendly products, job advice, clinical tips, humor, and more. 


Nursing Stories

Blogger Marianna Crane shares 40 years’ worth of stories recounting her time as a nurse for underserved elderly patients in Chicago with Nursing Stories. Crane worked in clinics, home care, and hospice and talks about her work in the field as well as her perspective on the challenges nurses face today and the hierarchies in the medical field. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Eno River Literary Journal, Hospital Drive, and more. She’s also actively looking for content from other retired nurses.






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