In our ‘Nursing Blog of the Month’ feature, every month we introduce a new blog that we enjoy reading and know you will too.
This month we’re delighted to introduce Kati Kleber, the nurse behind Nurse Eye Roll. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kati writes about nursing from the frontline and shares her experiences with a good dose of humor and an ever greater dose of honesty.
Tell us a little bit about your background. What led you into nursing and how long have you been a nurse?
I have been a nurse for 5 years. I am currently a nurse in a neuro ICU and have been for the past 3 years. Prior to that, I spent my first two years as a nurse on a cardiothoracic and vascular surgical stepdown unit. I have my BSN and am thinking about getting an MSN or PhD. I am highly involved in Shared Governance at my hospital and just obtained my CCRN certification! I went into nursing because I liked medicine and I liked teaching, so nursing made sense to me. I started taking classes and hoped for the best! Thankfully it worked out.
What inspired you to start blogging?
I was frustrated with the lack of support for the newbie nurse and nursing students online from currently practicing bedside nurses. I created what I wish I had when I started out as a nurse.
Has anything surprised you about starting a blog?
There have been a lot of things that I’ve had to teach myself how to do.. a lot of technical things, things related to business and taxes that I was not prepared for! I’ve had to learn along to way and talk to others that have done similar things in different fields. It’s definitely been a challenge!
What can our readers expect to find on your blog?
I like to have a mix of informational, inspirational, and humorous posts on my blog. I occasionally host giveaways and contests on the blog that readers can become involved with and comments are always welcome!
Finally, is there one piece of advice you would give to a nurse at the start of their nursing career?
Be honest about what you don’t know, communicate with your preceptor and support staff, and try to be as independent as possible while on orientation so that you’ll be ready to rock when you’re done!
Do you have a favorite nursing blog or run a nursing blog yourself? Nominate them or yourself to be featured in the comments below!