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WATCH: A nurse’s guide to using social media

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We’ve talked about social media at length here at Scrubs.

With so many gray areas that accompany the proliferation of social media for nurses, there’s great potential to connect with fellow nurses and patients like never before.

There are also great risks of instantaneously committing the biggest professional blunder of your life.

Did you know:

Recently, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has released a Nurse’se Guide to Use Social Media  – available here.

You can download this PDF and get the lowdown on the appropriate uses of social media, the pitfalls and risks as well as debunked myths and misconceptions.

According to Market Watch, NCSBN is:

…a not-for-profit organization whose members include the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are also nine associate members. Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.

The NCSBN has also released a video to dramatize the potential pitfalls of social media for nurses:

Have you seen a fellow nurse violate a patient’s trust and privacy by using social media? How big is this issue?

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2 Responses to WATCH: A nurse’s guide to using social media

  1. Granny RN RN

    When my last hospital ‘went computer’ at first there was Internet access on all units. Unfortunately the evening employees in one unit logged on to a porn site and actually left the screen up when family members came in to visit.
    This, of course, was reported by a family member to administration (which only had to get the I.T. dept. to check who was logged on to what and when) and as a result the perpetrators were FIRED and the unit was blocked from Internet access for quite some time.
    There were also nurses who were fired for accessing a fellow employees’ medical information without a justifiable reason. A federal offense at worst.
    The Net can be a useful tool for such things as researching disease and drug information in the workplace. However, we must ALL remember that it is an ‘open to public view’ thing and there can be no expectation of privacy. Also your employer has every right to view what is done on the computers that he/she/it owns.
    And, yes, they also ‘blog’ and read the forums the same as you!

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