Need a break? When work or life in general becomes too much to deal with, turning to social media can be a great way to take a step back and relax.
Social media often gets a bad rap, but at the very least it offers something for everyone, including nurses. If you haven’t had time to find social media outlets that entertain, amuse, comfort, or inform you, we’ve compiled a quick list of popular nurse influencers for you to check out on your next coffee break and maybe even follow in the future.
Nurse Blake https://www.facebook.com/nurseblake/ — A good laugh goes a long way to taking the stress away, and Nurse Blake is a master of topical nursing/medical hilarity. Nurse Blake is a wildly popular social media star who also manages to maintain a career as a Level II trauma nurse when he’s not on the road with his sellout comedy tour. Whew. His Facebook page lists performances, nursing swag, and contests — even a chance to win a 2022 Tesla Model 3 or $25,000!
Nurse Sarah https://www.registerednursern.com/ — Nurse Sarah strikes a more serious tone with informative articles, videos, quizzes, and posts for aspiring nurses, nursing students, and new nurses. You can also check out the nursing supplies store to get some nursing merch.
Instagram (humorous) — To share a knowing chuckle or sympathetic groan, check out @snarkynurses and @nurselifern. Both look at the nursing life with the jaundiced eye of a bone-tired but stalwart nurse in the trenches. As one nurse put it, “Love my job but inappropriate humor keeps me sane!”
Instagram (serious) — For informative links to help keep you up to date professionally, @nurse_org is a must-follow account. For up-to-date information about COVID-19, @CDCgov should be your first choice, and you can rack up some COVID-related (and other) CEUS while you’re at it @dkbmed_ . And we’re sure you’ll want @FreedomHCS at the very top of your Instagram feed. That’s where you’ll find news, jobs, articles, and tons of great info about travel nursing!
Podcasts — When you have a little more time on your hands and a comfy place to curl up, why not listen to a podcast or two? The Johns Hopkins Medicine Podcasts present some of the top medical stories of the week, so you’ll always be informed about the latest developments in health care. Nursecasts, a daily podcast by nurses for nurses, features interviews with nurses and discusses the daily lives of working nurses and their experiences throughout their careers. Good Nurse Bad Nurse is one part light-hearted and fun, one part deep and thought-provoking. This podcast is hosted by a registered nurse who uses true crime and hot-topic stories to educate and encourage nurses.