This year, try something new — write for the Nursing Blog!
The Chat is all about you — our nurses. We love to post stories written and submitted by our staff. Have you always wanted to write a blog article for the Chat but weren’t sure how? Here are some general guidelines to follow… happy blogging!
1. Prepare your post. Write with our audience (AAMC Nurses) in mind. Remember WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?). Most people will read your post looking for what’s in it for them. Keep in mind the journalist’s rule of 5 W’s for the first paragraph: who, what, why, when and where.
2. Limit your post to about 200 words or less and include great pictures and links. Proofread for typos and glaring grammatical errors.
3. Keep it short and simple. Most people are scanners. You may have a lot to say and think it interesting—and it may be—but people are reading online and have limited time. Get to the point quickly.
4. Keep it lively, make it snappy and snazzy. Even if you aren’t a natural born writer, you can write for a blog. Just write like you’re speaking to a friend!
5. Include links to other web sites you mention, as well as articles, books, products, and bios.
6. Use a clear title, and don’t be afraid to make bold statements. Great titles are what draw people in.
So-so title: Happy New Year!!!
Better title: Five ways to Include EBP in your nursing practice this year
7. End with a question or something to stimulate readers to comment on your post. For example, “We’ve heard from AAMC’s new grad nurses, now it’s your turn. Why did you become a nurse?”
8. Submit articles or questions to Monica Mewshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org