The Very Inspiring Blogger Award – AMAZING NURSE BLOGGERS

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I offer workshops and seminars titled, “Harnessing the Power of Social Media” to teach nurses how to use social media to grow their nursing career. I constantly get asked how to use social media to grow a nursing career, what social media platform is the best for nurses (hint, hint – LinkedIn!), and whose blogs are the “must read” blogs.
Over the years I have built relationships with a group of amazing nurse bloggers. Yes. Nurses who host their own blogs and write about nurse related topics. If you’ve never read a blog written by a nurse, you are missing out!
Recently, Keith Carlson nominated my blog, RTConnections, for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I am very honored to be nominated among other amazing nurse bloggers, especially by Keith. I met Keith Carlson (@nursekeith) on Twitter four years ago. I first accessed a link from Twitter to his award winning blog, Digital Doorway.  From the first blog post I read, I was hooked. Keith has an eloquent writing style that captivates his audience and inspires his readers to create the most satisfying career possible. Over the years, Keith and I have become supportive colleagues AND great friends.
As a nominee, I was asked to share seven or eight facts about myself. Hmm…in no particular order….
1.     I am the oldest of five kids. My brother and I were born in the same year (my poor mother)! Right now, we are the same age.
2.     I played clarinet in high school and then in college for The University of Pittsburgh’s marching band. So fun! I am passionate about music.
3.     My Italian grandmother taught me how to cook REALLY good Italian food, like homemade ravioli, gnocchi, and pasta fagioli (come over for Christmas dinner and you will get some!).
4.     I’ve been drinking black coffee and Chianti since I was three years old – it’s an Italian thing.
5.     Originally, I went to college to become an OB-GYN physician, but then life got in the way. I got married, had two daughters, and then decided to become a nurse.
6.      After 18 years of marriage, I got divorced but then met and married Ashley Thompson – the most amazing, kind, and supportive man I have EVER met. Ash reminds me every day that there are good humans on this earth.
7.     I have two grown daughters, Kaitlin and Courtney – hoping for grandbabies soon!
8.     In May of 2010, I took a leap of faith; quit a very secure corporate nursing job, to start my company, RTConnections. It was the scariest yet best decision I’ve ever made. 
Here are the 10 bloggers I’m nominating for this award:
1.     Digital Doorway, by Keith Carlson
2.     Elizabeth Scala’s, Nursing from Within
3.     Innovative Nurse, by Kevin Ross
4.     Confident Voices, by Beth Boyton
5.     Brittney Wilson’s, The Nerdy Nurse
6.     The Gypsy Nurse, by Candy Treft
7.     Nurse Together
8.     Nurse Gail, by Gail Ingram
9.     Donna Cardillo
Check out these amazing nurse bloggers. They will open a whole new world for you!
Thanks so much for reading. Take care and stay connected.
About the author: Dr. Renee Thompson is a keynote speaker, author and professional development/anti-bullying thought leader. Renee spends the majority of her time helping healthcare and academic organizations address and eliminate bullying behavior. To find out how you can bring Renee to YOUR organization or nursing event, click here.

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