Jump to content

How Blogging Helped my Nursing Career

Updated | Published
Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Columnist)

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience.

When I started blogging as a nurse several months ago, I could not have predicted how much fun it would be and the opportunities it's opened up for me. It's really been nothing short of a wild ride. Here's a look back at the past seventeen months as a blogger.

How Blogging Helped my Nursing Career

Becoming a Nurse Blogger

I love writing, and a little over a year ago, on a whim, I started a nursing blog. Starting a blog using Wordpress could not be easier. There are tons of guides and tutorials on the web, and it's fairly intuitive.

One of the early posts on my blog nursecode.com was "Traits of an ED Nurse" with 111,285 views to date and recently

"8 Things to Say When Your Patient Dies" has gone viral on Pinterest. What I've found is that when you write from your experience and your heart, it resonates with readers. Nurses have unique, compelling stories that people love to read.

But...nurse bloggers need an audience! Without an audience, the best material goes unread. So....how do you get your material out there? The best exposure for me has been writing for Allnurses.com because of the sheer numbers. Allnurses.com gave me an audience of pretty much one million readers. Hands-down, Allnurses is the largest nursing online forum on the planet.

Just the other day, I was talking with a nurse in my hospital from the Philippines who said she was an Allnurses.com follower back in Manila who had read my articles. I felt very grateful, globally connected and... humbled.

Affiliate Programs

Blogging affords potential income. There are many ways to make money from a blog. One way is to become an affiliate with a company, such as Amazon. It works on commission. You post an image or ad that links to the affiliate's site (Amazon). If the reader clicks through and makes a purchase, Amazon is able to track that the reader came from your site. The great thing is, if a reader clicks on an ad for a stethoscope, for example, and does not purchase the stethoscope, but goes on to purchase anything at all...you still earn commission for everything purchased during that encounter.

I am not particularly aggressive about monetizing my site, but even so, over December, I earned $488.00 from Amazon in this way. It's called passive income because it's income you you make without any action on your part- I like to say while sleeping. Some bloggers do quite well, especially those who are patient and realize that it takes time to build traffic to your site.

Sponsored Posts

Sponsored posts are when a company asks you to write an article for them at an agreed upon price on your site. An example could be a staffing agency. The benefit for the staffing agency is exposure to your readers and a link back to their site. This is similar to a paid product review. Nurse bloggers can be asked to review and/or endorse compression socks, stethoscopes, nursing apps and more.

Indirect Monetary Benefits

Exposure may be the best benefit of blogging. Blogging provides a platform and Allnurses provides exposure. Exposure brings recognition and opportunity. Within a short amount of time of starting my blog, I was offered a (paying) job blogging for bsntomsn.org where I am now their official nursing site blogger. I also write for other blogs on request. My charge per article has quadrupled in the past 18 months.

I am regularly approached to do (paid) product reviews, guest blogging, endorsements, interviews, and speaking engagements at national nursing conferences.

Networking and Making Friends

I have connected with and met so many other inspiring nurses entrepreneurs. When you blog, you join a tribe of like-minded nurses.

Blogging Gives You a Voice

I did not start blogging to make money at all. In fact, I would say it should not be the primary reason or motivation. The fact that I have made a little bit of income is a nice benefit that I never expected.

I started blogging to have a voice. I believe that as nurses, we need to get our voices out there. I am passionate about working conditions, nurse-patient ratios, supporting new grads, and so much more.

My husband Bob, who used to write a business column, smiled at me when I started my new hobby and warned: "It's lots of fun, but the time will come when you run out of things to write about." That was about 200 articles ago, and I like to tease him about that. It just hasn't happened. I don't run out of ideas-I do run out of time.

Have you considered blogging? If you have, it's probably because you have a passion and talent.

What are you thinking? If your heart is beating faster in excitement, I'd say... you're a blogger! Maybe you're already blogging. I'd be happy to help you on your journey. Leave a comment or your questions.

Nurse Beth is an Educator, Writer, Blogger and Subject Matter Expert who blogs about nursing career advice at http://nursecode.com

131 Articles   2,353 Posts

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

18 Comment(s)

I've always wanted to get into blogging. I love writing and I especially love guiding people & sharing my experiences... I just don't know where to start. The hardest part for me is getting traffic to my sites.

Nurse Beth, MSN

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience.

I've always wanted to get into blogging. I love writing and I especially love guiding people & sharing my experiences... I just don't know where to start. The hardest part for me is getting traffic to my sites.
That's the hardest part for every blogger. It takes time (traffic does grow), persistence (don't give up), and strategy. Join a Fb blogging group, be active on Twitter and other social media. Your audience is out there- you just have to find them.

cori_, LVN

Specializes in acute care, case management. Has 8 years experience.

I have been sitting on the idea of starting my own blog for the past year. Writing was my first passion. I've been reminiscing on my nursing career, and wow! There's a lot to say. After reading this post, I think I am definitely going to do it! :)

Nurse Beth, MSN

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience.

I have been sitting on the idea of starting my own blog for the past year. Writing was my first passion. I've been reminiscing on my nursing career, and wow! There's a lot to say. After reading this post, I think I am definitely going to do it! :)
Yay!!!!! You can do it :)

Edited by Nurse Beth

Donna Maheady

Specializes in Pediatrics, developmental disabilities. Has 38 years experience.

Hi Beth,

Can't thank you enough for suggesting that I write for Allnurses!

Happy to be part of your nurse blogging "tribe"!

I encourage others to ask you questions...you have a wealth of knowledge!

I've been blogging since 2009. I started with book reviews and received my 1st paid post within 4 months. I received my 1st "big" product review (a Soda Stream kit worth $200 the next month). You can also post ads in your sidebar. I used to charge $25 a month then moved to $50. I haven't blogged regularly in awhile but just started a new one to talk about my journey through school. Joining Facebook groups is a good idea. There are also blogger networks but they aren't really niche specific. I'm actually training one of my coworkers this weekend. Another way to get views is to find other blogs to follow especially smaller ones. Comment on theirs and they will likely comment back. Make a habit to comment on 10 each day, for example. You'll start getting comments back.

BethBoynton

Specializes in Communication, Medical Improv. Has 30 years experience.

Your experience is inspiring and helped me to decide to participate in Allnurses Innovators hub. Congrats and thank you, Beth!

I'm just getting started blogging my thoughts . More for a bit of relaxation than anything else. I figured It would be a good time to start, Im starting over. New Career, back in school at 40+ and lots to share. Thanks for the post, very inspirational :-)

TheSocialMediaCoach

Specializes in Ambulatory Care, Rheumatology. Has 10 years experience.

I've been Microblogging on Twitter, but I recently started blogging on LinkedIn. Beth, you inspired me to start developing a platform of my own!

Amelia

@RN_Solutions

tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

I've been Microblogging on Twitter, but I recently started blogging on LinkedIn. Beth, you inspired me to start developing a platform of my own!

Amelia

@RN_Solutions

How are things going with your blogging experience?

TheSocialMediaCoach

Specializes in Ambulatory Care, Rheumatology. Has 10 years experience.

Pretty well! Thank you for asking. People are there for business and want to know how I can help, so it makes "marketing" easier. I know that it is risky blogging on LinkedIn as I do not own the platform. So I make sure to take the relationships offline ASAP ( for people who ask to connect with me, I try to do a quick facetime/zoom/skype/google hangout) ...send them my op-tin link and back up my LinkedIn contacts frequently.

Edited by TheSocialMediaCoach
correction

picuRN11

Specializes in PICU. Has 5 years experience.

Thanks for the inspiration!

I first thought about blogging years ago during college. I only got as far as setting up the platform but I didn't know which direction to go in and felt discouraged. I became a travel nurse and felt re-inspired (in many aspects of life). After reading an awesome blog about RV'ing and finally joining allnurses after years of reading the posts I thought..."Hey! I actually do enjoy writing!" I'm working on outlining my ideas and I'm pushing myself to just do it! I find myself worrying about whether something is a good topic, how will my site look, and will anyone care or find it interesting?!

tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

Pretty well! Thank you for asking. People are there for business and want to know how I can help, so it makes "marketing" easier. I know that it is risky blogging on LinkedIn as I do not own the platform. So I make sure to take the relationships offline ASAP ( for people who ask to connect with me, I try to do a quick facetime/zoom/skype/google hangout) ...send them my op-tin link and back up my LinkedIn contacts frequently.

Thanks for the update and for sharing your experiences with us.. You are smart to take your "relationship conversations" offline from LinkedIn.

TheSocialMediaCoach

Specializes in Ambulatory Care, Rheumatology. Has 10 years experience.

@picuRN11 I had similar challenges. Listen to RNFM radio, Care Coordination episode. Let me know what you think :)

Nurse Beth, MSN

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho. Has 30 years experience.

Thanks for the inspiration!

I first thought about blogging years ago during college. I only got as far as setting up the platform but I didn't know which direction to go in and felt discouraged. I became a travel nurse and felt re-inspired (in many aspects of life). After reading an awesome blog about RV'ing and finally joining allnurses after years of reading the posts I thought..."Hey! I actually do enjoy writing!" I'm working on outlining my ideas and I'm pushing myself to just do it! I find myself worrying about whether something is a good topic, how will my site look, and will anyone care or find it interesting?!

I think just start. You'll probably be pleasantly surprised, and we're here to help you.

Eschell2971, BSN

Specializes in Med-Surge; Forensic Nurse. Has 4 years experience.

Hi: YES! I am excited to learn more about blogging. I never knew how to get started, but, I have written articles for Allnurses.com (I even won one of the writing contests). I'm going to use this article as a 'getting started' directive for myself, but, you said to leave a comment if I wanted more information, so, here you go.

Thanks for all you do!

Eschell2971, BSN

Specializes in Med-Surge; Forensic Nurse. Has 4 years experience.

Hi: My question(s) would be how do I get connected/permission from the sites to advertise on my blog? That's where I get stuck!