Let's face it: social media has pervaded our world, and it can't be ignored. Some people see social media as a trivial waste of time, but it can be an important communication tool if used effectively. In the healthcare world, nurses can use social media to connect with other nurses, to learn more about various patient illnesses and what it's like to live with those illnesses, to engage in meaningful healthcare conversations, and to discuss trends in healthcare.
An article published in the February 2014 issue of Johnson & Johnson'sNursing Notes lists several tips for nurses to follow as they share knowledge and engage in meaningful healthcare conversations via social media. The top four tips are as follows:
Keep it professional. Nurses should maintain a professional persona and tone when engaging in social media communication related to their nursing careers. This includes refraining from dispensing any specific or personal medical advice or nursing diagnoses. Consider everything to be public. It's important for nurses to keep in mind the public nature of all social media sites. Even when conversing on a private forum, nurses should assume that anything they post can be seen by anyone. Thus, just like in face-to-face conversations, nurses must abide by rules and policies related to patient confidentiality and privacy. Listen. As mentioned previously, social media sites allow nurses to engage in meaningful conversations related to healthcare issues and trends. However, nurses should be sure to fully observe and understand all discussions before adding to them. Nurses should not broadcast unwarranted medical thoughts and opinions just because they can. Speak up! When used effectively, social media can help nurses position themselves as meaningful leaders and advocates in the healthcare industry. The nursing voice is an important part of any healthcare conversation, and it can have a powerful impact when inserted appropriately.
For additional information on the use of social media as it relates to nursing, take a look at the American Nurses Association's Social Networking Principles Toolkit. To engage in conversations related to nursing education, visit The College Network'sFacebook and Twitter pages. Also, stay tuned for part two of this "Nurses and Technology" series to learn about the use of other new technology in the healthcare setting.
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