This was a big year for me.
It’s the year I FINALLY decided to launch my blog. It’s the year I decided to truly invest myself in my love of writing and creating. It’s the year I began a journey to discover how I can weave my talents for connecting, coaching, writing and curating into a business paradigm.
Before I launched The Social Nurse this fall, I spent the last 4 years learning, reading, watching, following and connecting via Twitter with some truly marrvy nurse bloggers.
Today, I am excited and humbled to be joining a truly stellar group of nurse bloggers in The Nurse Blog Carnival organized by Brittney Wilson at The Nerdy Nurse. Something not even on my radar 4 years ago!
What the Heck is a Blog Carnival?
A blog carnival is a series of blog posts hosted on different, related blogs which “… contain links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.” (thanks to The Nerdy Nurse for the marrvy description)
This month, our host is Beth Hawkes (aka Nurse Beth) at nursecode.com and the topic is “Top 10 Posts for 2015”. I hope you take the time to check out the most popular posts by some of the top nurse bloggers! Feel free to show some #NurseBlogLove and leave a comment or share via social media while you are at it!
Here are the Top Posts for 2015 from The Social Nurse –
This post shares the concept of Positive Deviance in nursing practice and how important it is for members of ‘the most trusted profession’ to think outside of the box and advocate for positive change. You will want to take a moment and check out a few of the comments to the post. I was happy to see I am not alone in my willingness to question the status quo!
One of the reasons I love Twitter is the fact I am able to participate in chats led by patients and advocates. These are vibrant communities which give me access to patient voices from around the globe. This post describes key takeaways from a cancer chat called #Ctalk and how employing evidence-based tools to collect patient reported outcomes can help us learn what matters most to patients and co-design a care plan to meet those needs.
Nurses are reporting a re-invigoration, an increased sense of pride and a feeling of empowerment by connecting with each other via social media channels. We share stories, observations and are having credible debate. Let’s share information that’s meaningful, and use social platforms to build networks, develop relationships and share ideas!
The hashtag is the butt of many jokes and can be one of the most complex features of Twitter for new users to understand. In this post I shared a few tips for locating & using healthcare hashtags. Plus, a really cool infographic highlighting some hashtag history.
When nursing colleagues contact me and say, “Please teach me about social media!”…I often start with Twitter. This post hits the basics and will help you get started in a jiffy! You will want to read the post to learn about my favorite resource for locating healthcare hashtags, chats and conferences, too!
Take it from ‘MulletMom’: Branding is not just for products! Branding helps define who you are, how you are great, and why you should be sought out. In this post, I share 3 ways you can get started with your Brand You efforts. (Note– I first wrote a version of this as a guest blogger in 2012….it holds even more importance now than ever before!)
I am passionate about helping nurses advance their clinical practice by learning how to master digital tools. I want nurses to discover tools which have the potential to exponentially change the way they think and feel about their career and their clinical practice! When I speak to individual nurses, teams and associations…I still hear a lot of expressions of reluctance and fear regarding social media and its relevance in daily nursing practice. I wrote this post to help nurses understand that Twitter is a credible and extremely valuable resource for professional development…and not just about ‘what we had for lunch’. A version of this post first appeared in the print version of Oncology Nursing News in December 2015…and I am making a lot of new friends as a result!
Everyone experiences times when they feel overwhelmed. Over extended. Over it all. And, when times are tough, we all need a little boost. In this short post, I share why my garden is my “Happy Place”and how it brings me back to feeling centered.
Yes….that’s 8, not 10. Hey, I’m new at this…a girl’s gotta start somewhere, right? 😀
This post was written as part of the Nurse Blog Carnival.
Want an example of the type of posts included in the carnival? Head on over to The Nerdy Nurse and check out this list of previously written blog posts for the carnival and scheduled topics and bloggers.