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Thinking Nurse

This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Need for More Blogs By Nurses

There is a definite need for more blogs by Nurses. According to Seyms' Nurse in Training Blog, there are currently only 6 (including Thinking Nurse and Seyms - if you know of any more, please let me know!).

Why is it useful for nurses to blog?

Nursing is an incredibly diverse and exciting sphere of activity. Nursing penetrates into every aspect of life, every social sphere. We see and experience things the rest of society likes to pretend are not there. We go to places that the rest of society would prefer not to go. We interact with people who exist on the margins of conventional society and learn things that society collectively ignores. This means that nurses have (many) unique perspectives that should be expressed and shared: - Shared with each other, because we are often dispersed and atomised, constrained within hierarchies and bureaucracies, and shared with society, because our messages, once expressed, debated and digested can enhance the physical, mental and social health of whole communities.

This article explains a lot of the benefits of the web-based knowledge log: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/blogosphere/the_spirit_of_paulo_freire.html . Blogging is a method that nurses can use to reflect and communicate, to speak about and name their worlds. Blogging can foster an "unsettling (to the powers that be) critical consciousness that is within the goals of an increasingly democratized culture"

By blogging, we are adding to nursing's collective knowledge, spreading ideas and questions, gaining support and strength from each other, providing a new interface between nurses and their clients.

How can nurses blog?

Practically, it is actually very easy. For example, it took me approximately an hour to start off this blog. I do not know how to write computer code - and I have not needed to write any.

Everything I needed, including the basic template was provided free. Once the template is set up, it is as easy to post to a blog as it is to send an email. This blog does not cost me a penny to run, and can be updated during a lunch hour, from anywhere that has internet access.

What should go into a nursing blog?

The blog belongs to the person (or people) who are writing it. It's content is therefore 100% determined by them. Basic nursing ethics, such as patient confidentiality should be observed, beyond that I feel nurses should be free to use their blogs to express ideas, ask questions, tell stories, write poetry, share practice, debate, boast, complain, laugh and cry.

Advertising

If you try to set up a blog, you will be offered the opportunity to put advertising on your blog. I have resisted this pressure, as I want this blog to be entirely independent of the drug companies and other big multinationals that see healthcare as a vastly lucrative market. (Now supplemented by the companies involved in PFI and PPP).
The Nursing magazines that depend on these companies for advertising cannot, by definition, ever be fully independent, and 'bite the hand that feeds them'. I would strongly advise writers of other nursing blogs to resist the temptation of what in actual fact is likely to be a few pennies, and not allow their blogs to become points of support for these companies.

If you are a thinking nurse, it is time to get blogging!

37 Comments:

At 1:00 AM, Blogger ceejayoz said...

re: advertising

Some advertising solutions let you ban certain types of ads, or even specific advertisers. Google's Adwords, for example, lets you ban keywords from showing up on your site. Nice way to make a little money and remain ethically sound too.

 
At 5:34 AM, Blogger Angel said...

I agree that this is an area of great, almost uncharted, opportunity for us nurses. How exciting to be part of the initial effort! I too have been recently made aware of the scarcity and think it is time we join in. Please come visit: www.crzegrl.net. Also, my blog roll has a growing number of nursing blog links if you are interested! Emily

 
At 1:23 AM, Anonymous geena said...

My blog has buttons of nurse blogs off to the right.

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Comrade_Smirnoff said...

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At 6:00 PM, Blogger corsair the rational pirate said...

Do you know this one?

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Not quite nurses, but working on it.

 
At 12:37 AM, Blogger Tim Swanson said...

Just an observation, both my mom and older sister are nurses and they have like zero time to even check their email let alone post blogs.

You guys are always so damn busy : )

 
At 3:08 AM, Anonymous smijer said...

My wife is a student nurse and sometimes blogs about her experiences: Basket of Blessings. She presents from a very theistic perspective, but she's not your run of the mill bible-thumper: she is able to recognize, at least in principle, the value of a humanistic ethic. Take that for what its worth.

 
At 3:18 AM, Anonymous Barbara said...

This is Mrs Smijer (Barbara) and I have the website Baskets of Blessings. My blog is used mostly for religious type things. I would like to blog about nursing type things, but figure that I am far from an expert considering that I am only a student that will graduate in May. I can contribute to facts about epilepsy (that I have), bipolar disorder (that my son has), and a few other things from personal experience, but feel that my opinions are not very worthy yet.

 
At 10:07 AM, Blogger Thinking Nurse said...

Hi Barbara - I was concerned about some of the words you used in your reply 'I am only...' 'my opinions are not very worthy', so I have had a look at your blog - I came to the conclusion that you are precisely the kind of person who SHOULD be blogging.

I read your blogpost 'True Story' which I feel should be more widely read: http://www.smijer.com/journal/archives/000782.html
Only you could have made this post - you are the expert on your life and your experience - there are many people who have been through similar experiences who will benefit from the way you have named your world.

I dont share your religious beliefs - but I think your blog is excellent and should be read - so I have added it to the list of links at the side of my blog.

Keep blogging, and have confidence in your own voice! You may feel alone, but when you speak, you speak for thousands like you.

 
At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Barbara said...

Thinking Nurse,
Thank you. I will add a link to your blog to mine as well. I like your ideas.
When I said, "Not worthy yet," I meant that I could not give a clinical perspective on much, only a personal one on things that pertained to my life. I have had many clinical experiences, but only the nursing school kinds, which 'have' to be hugely different from the real world of nursing. So truly..."I am only..." a nursing student that hasn't been hit with a seven patient workload and twelve hour shifts with mandatory weekends and have had to put a patient in a body bag and take them to the morgue,etc. I will be soon enough and am excited yet apprehensive. It is what I want to do though. I know that I can help so many people and make people comfortable during a very rough time. THAT is what I want to do. I want to make a difference in somone's life. I want to try to make an otherwise awful experience, at least bearable, if not comfortable or pleasant.

 
At 3:30 AM, Blogger A.J. said...

Just happened upon this blog & so glad I did when this post was current. I am switching careers from politics to nursing & am taking advantage of vast amounts of subject matter to do the creative writing I've neglected to in recent years.

Very exciting that others out there are doing similar work. I really enjoyed this post & will definitely keep reading--and please check my new blog out if you care to. Its general intent is to help me record my journey through pre-requisites and eventually nursing school. You can check it out at: www.blogspot.journalofgenki.com

 
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I just found your blog also. I am a new blogger myself. Check out my blog and link if you find it of interest! Thanks! www.arnp.blogspot.com

 
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this really should be a good forum for nurses, but unlike the general public you can not say it all remembering the privacy and legal courses that can be taken against YOU!

 
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