Top Blogs for Nurse Practitioners & Students (2021)
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The nurse practitioner blogosphere is as vibrant and diverse as the nurse practitioner profession. It’s here that you’ll find first-person accounts and researched topics that go beyond the academic learning and clinical practice of a nurse practitioner program. Some blogs are focused on a particular patient group, others on a certain nursing specialty, and others still on a specific niche of nurse practitioner life. They’re a window in the world of nurse practitioners.
The journey to becoming a nurse practitioner can seem overwhelming at times, but the best nurse practitioner blogs make you feel less alone and more equipped to take the first steps. Below, we’ve collected the very best of the best. Whether you’re looking for high-level nursing research, general tips for school and licensure, or specialty-specific information, there’s a nurse practitioner blog for you.
To get a look at the top blogs for nurse practitioners in 2021, read on.
Ask the NP (Health Equity)
James Q. Simmons, DNP, AG/ACNP-BC is the creator of Ask the NP, a multi-platform community that includes blogs, videos, and social media posts. Before switching career tracks into an NP program, Dr. Simmons studied broadcast journalism—and it shows. With a knack for distilling complex topics into easily understandable and relatable language, he’s become a leading voice at the intersection of the LGBTQ+ and Black communities.
Check out his vlog on Racism in Healthcare here, and follow him on Twitter at @AskTheNP.
Correctional Nurse (Healthcare & Criminal Justice)
Lori Roscoe, DNP, APRN, ANP-C, CCHP-RN is a clinical nurse practitioner and nurse educator specializing in the field of correctional nursing and healthcare. Her blog, Correctional Nurse, is an extension of her work in providing consulting services to jails and prisons across the country in all aspects of healthcare operations and nursing practice.
Named one of the top nursing blogs of 2019, it sheds much-needed light on the ANA-recognized specialty of correctional nursing, and the topics most pertinent to it. Content includes information on scope of practice, mental health conditions, ethics codes. Readers can also catch up on a 150-episode archive of the Correctional Nursing Today Podcast.
KidNurse (Pediatric Care)
Dani Stringer, MSN, CPNP, PMHS, is a pediatric nurse practitioner and the founder of KidNurse. KidNurse is split into two parts: a blog focused on pediatric health; and an online academy where new moms can get evidence-based resources to help care for their children at home during common illnesses.
The KidNurse name came from Stringer’s unique history: after completing her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University at age 15, she went on to become the youngest NP in the nation. While the blog’s content is primarily aimed at patients and not NPs themselves, Stringer’s compassionate and honest voice is inspiring. Check out a post that includes her TedX talk on becoming pro-vaccination here.
Melissa DeCapua (Advocacy & Innovation)
Melissa DeCapua, DNP, PMHNP blogs about her non-traditional career path as a psychiatric nurse practitioner currently working for Microsoft. The blog is split into two sections: a nurse practitioner blog, and an innovation thinking blog.
On the NP side, she’s engaged with issues of policy, advocacy, technology, and career progression for nurse practitioners. On the innovation side, she dives into the cognitive, strategic, and practical sides of innovation. There’s more overlap between the two categories than you might first suspect. Follow her on Twitter at @melissadecapua.
Nurse Barb (Women’s Health)
Barb Dehn is a women’s health nurse practitioner, an award-winning author, and a nationally-recognized health expert. Her blog, Nurse Barb, engages with the public on women’s health issues such as birth control, pregnancy, menopause, and cancer treatment and prevention.
The blog is sectioned into topic-specific articles, videos, and easy-to-read health guides. In a style that exudes expertise and relatability in equal doses, Dehn exemplifies the holistic, patient-centered approach to care that nurse practitioners are known for. You can also follow her on Twitter at @NurseBarbDehn.
Nurse Abnormalities (Nurse Practitioner Education & Culture)
Danielle LeVeck, DNP, ACNPC-AG, CCNS, RN, CCRN is a practicing Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in a cardiovascular surgical intensive care unit. She’s also the founder of Nurse Abnormalities, a blog specifically tailored to the idiosyncrasies and practicalities of life as a nurse practitioner.
Topics include what to know about getting a DNP degree, how to build the perfect NP resume, and ways to approach continuing education. Follow her Instagram account, @NurseAbnormalities, to get some NP-focused laughs alongside some authoritative information.
Nurse Nacole (Nurse Practitioner Education & Culture)
Nacole Riccaboni, MBA, MSN, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, is the author of Nurse Nacole, a blog that’s documented Riccaboni’s journey into and through nursing. The site is bursting at the seams with advice, hacks, videos, guidelines, articles, and accessories for current and aspiring nurse practitioners.
Topics include everything from tips on receiving harsh feedback, to what to expect in nursing school, to printable study sheets for acid-base imbalances. If all that content seems overwhelming, you can start by following her on Twitter at @CoronaryKid, where she posts a single nursing tip every day.
Nurse Practitioner Business Owner (Entrepreneurship)
Barbara C. Phillips, APRN, GNP, FNP-BC, FAANP is a family and geriatric nurse practitioner and the founder of Nurse Practitioner Business Owner, a blog that goes into the business of being an NP. It started as a resource hub for NPs interested in independent and private practice, but now it also reaches out to NPs working in tangential fields such as education, law, insurance, retail, and more.
Readers can find information on everything from merchant payment systems, to business planning, to startup communities. Check out the blog’s FAQ and follow Phillips on Twitter at @BarbaraPhillips.
Nursing Stories (Nurse Practitioner Culture)
Marianna Crane, the author of the Nursing Stories blog, was one of the first gerontological nurse practitioners in the US. Her four decades of nursing experience has formed the basis for an outpouring of writing. Crane has written a memoir, as well as numerous stories and essays, which seek to educate the public about what nurse practitioners do, and how they live.
The well-updated blog includes posts with first-person histories of the nurse practitioner world, examples of nurse representation in media, and who’s-who guides of today’s nursing experts.
Named as one of the top 100 nursing blogs of 2020, it’s a precious resource for those interested in the history of the nurse practitioner profession.
Traveling NP (Nurse Practitioner Policy & Culture)
Sophia, the NP behind the Traveling NP blog, is a traveling nurse practitioner. The blog is designed to be the resource that Sophia couldn’t otherwise find at the beginning of her career: a central hub of information for NPs interested in travel work.
Being a travel NP comes with a new set of challenges, and Traveling NP gives readers the info they need to make the leap: licensing and regulatory requirements, pros/cons of different locations, tips on transitioning, and the logistics of hopping around the world for work. The blog recently celebrated its five-year anniversary, and the vast archive has a style that’s knowledgeable while still being refreshingly personal.
Matt Zbrog is a writer and researcher from Southern California, and he believes a strong society demands a stronger healthcare system. Since early 2018, he’s written extensively about emerging topics in healthcare administration, healthcare research, and healthcare education. Drawing upon interviews with hospital CEOs, nurse practitioners, nursing professors, and advocacy groups, his writing and research are focused on learning from those who know the subject best.