The Top 10 Podcasts for Nurses on the Road


Travel nursing can be lonely, and it’s not always easy to settle into a routine in a new city. Are you looking for a great way to relax and unwind while keeping your nursing knowledge sharp? These 10 podcasts will keep you entertained while you learn more about nursing (and the world around you).

The best nursing podcasts

1. Your Next Shift: A Nursing Career Podcast

From avoiding burnout to handling conflict at work, these interviews with industry experts will help you make better choices, take charge of your career and get more joy out of your work.

2. The Nurse Keith Show

Great podcasts depend on a great host, and there’s a reason “Nurse Keith” Carlson has been able to build a career on this platform. Stories and vivid illustrations bring life to otherwise dry subjects, and you’ll come away from each episode with a renewed appreciation for your field.

3. Resource Nurse Radio

The dull name might tempt you to pass on this one, but the information contained in these podcasts is worth paying attention to. The episodes focus on basic skills, but they are covered with such depth and clarity that even veteran RNs should give it a listen.

4. Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine

Sawbones might not make you a better nurse, but listening to Dr. Sydnee McElroy as she attempts to explain the history of medicine to her (delightfully clueless) husband Justin will remind you of plenty of conversations with your own family and friends. Listen to it on your way to work to get in a good mood before a long shift.

5. Good Nurse Bad Nurse

One of the more thought-provoking entries on our list, Good Nurse Bad Nurse explores how similar situations can lead to dramatically different outcomes. Listen to this when you’re in the mood to contemplate the dark, the mysterious and the uplifting all at once.

6. Evidence-Based Nursing

Getting back to more practical matters, the Evidence-Based Nursing podcast takes a deep look into recent research in the nursing field to ask one important question: How can we improve? This in-depth analysis of important topics might even help you make a difference at your work.


RNFM’s panel discussions feel like the kind of late-night conversations you might have had with your classmates in nursing school – except much more insightful than any of us were in our college days. Topics that range from disaster preparedness to “Why the heck did we become nurses, anyway?” will surprise and enlighten you every week.

8. Science Vs

Science versus what, you might ask? Well … everything, really. Through interviews and research, host Wendy Zukerman tackles the myths, trends and fads that get nurses riled up. From anti-vaxxers to fad diets and everything in between, you’ll learn how pop-science shapes the world around us (with plenty of puns along the way).

9. Nursing Uncensored

With a mix of comedy and heavy-hitting subjects, Nursing Uncensored gets right to a point of what’s really on nurses’ minds. It’s not for the faint of heart or easily offended, but, hey, neither is nursing.

10. This Won’t Hurt a Bit

Don’t lie – you know perfectly well that you’ve said those words before. With insight from across the medical field, This Won’t Hurt a Bit looks at the craziest stories from medicine and history (and how they shaped the field we work in today).

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