#NurseBlogLove : Nurse Blog Carnival Top 10 in 2015

top posts 2015

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.

Nurse Blog Carnival

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?

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  –

Positively Deviant Nurses…..Why Not?

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!

Patient Voices: What Matters Most

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.

Today’s Nurse and the 5 C’s of Social Media Success

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!

Get Your Hashtag On!

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.

Teach A Nurse To Tweet

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!

Brand You: 3 Tips to Jumpstart Your Professional Brand Now!

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!)

4 Ways You Can Build a Personal Learning Network on Twitter

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!

Where’s Your Happy Place?

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.

More posts on this topic can be found at http://nursecode.comIf you are interested in participating find out more details and sign up.

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.

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  1. Top Nurse Blog Posts 2015 - nursecode.com on January 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm

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  2. Elizabeth Scala on January 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Great roundup! I love the posts on teaching a nurse to tweet and on hashtags. It is great to see you educating others so that they can join this wonderful space of social networking. I am glad to know you and wish you a wonderful New Year!

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      Perfect way to start off the New Year, IMHO. 🙂

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  3. Beth Boynton on January 5, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Congratulations on an awesomely successful year, Carol. I’m happy to take a closer look at your work and can see that you are doing a wonderful job! I enjoyed reading your post on “positive deviance’ and think it is super. We need people who can and will think outside the box! Your personal perspective was engaging and I’m excited to see how you put such a much-needed perspective of challenging norms out there and am delighted it was so well-received. I’ve challenged a few status quos in my career and the climate has not always been receptive….thank you for your important work.

    • The Social Nurse on January 22, 2016 at 6:50 am

      Beth, thanks so much for the encouragement and support! I learn something new every day about this wonderful world of blogging….many thanks to marrvy colleagues like you!

  4. Donna Carol Maheady on January 8, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Carol,
    So happy to get to know you and your work. I have been blogging for a while and look forward to learning more about Twitter and hashtags from your posts.
    FYI…my garden is my happy place as well! I live in Florida so I get to enjoy it most of the year.
    Thanks for your important contributions to our profession.
    Happy New Year!

    • The Social Nurse on January 22, 2016 at 6:53 am

      Donna- Ah…so glad to have met a fellow gardener. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping in to take a look at my posts!

  5. Kelly Payne on January 9, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Glad to have joined the ranks of nurse bloggers this year as well. I look forward to reading more of your work and hoping we can grow and learn together! I have so much to learn about the benefits of social media and hope with your knowledge will be able to learn to navigate this better to reach a wider audience. I am still in the beginning stages of my website and have truly enjoyed learning throughout the year!!

    • The Social Nurse on January 22, 2016 at 6:51 am

      I appreciate you stopping by to check things out, Kelly! I think 2016 will be a great year for ALL of us!

  6. Dr. Rachel Silva, DNP on January 12, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Dear Carol,

    I’m so thankful I discovered your blog through the Nurse Blog Carnival. Just goes to show the networking power of nurse bloggers (many thanks to Brittney, The Nerdy Nurse®). I enjoyed your top article about “positive deviance,” it reminds me of “disruptive innovators.” Congratulations on your newfound success as a nurse blogger! I’m looking forward to learning more through the content you create for The Social Nurse this upcoming year 🙂

    • The Social Nurse on January 22, 2016 at 6:47 am

      Rachel, I agree…the value of a network of savvy nurses is huge! It’s great to connect via the Nurse Blog Carnival, in addition to Twitter!

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  7. Joyce Fiodembo on January 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Great Posts Carol. Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to reading more interesting posts in 2016. Have a Good Year.

    • The Social Nurse on January 22, 2016 at 6:45 am

      I appreciate you checking them out, Joyce! I am very glad to have such great colleagues via the Nurse Blog Carnival. 🙂

  8. Brittney on January 20, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Wonderful roundup! I’m so glad that you made the decision to start blogging!

    Thank you for participating in the Nurse Blog Carnival.

    • The Social Nurse on January 22, 2016 at 6:43 am

      Thanks for visiting, Brittney! As you know, your marrvy blog leadership was a big influence! I still have so much to learn. 🙂

  9. Anne Llewellyn on January 26, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Excellent collection of topics and resources. Thanks for sharing! All the best in 2016.

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