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- Aug 7, '12 by Piglet08yes. And don't list where you work or details that make your workplace identifiable.
- Aug 12, '12 by CherylRNBSNQuote from givefaceI have to say I feel very different about this topic than most responses here. I have always believed, nursing school included, that what you do in your own private life, so long as you don't show up to work under the influence, is absolutely uncategorically your own and no one else's business. Provided you aren't using social media to "friend" patients or their family members, or posting privleged/confidential client/employer data on social media, than what you do with it should be entirely up to you. If someone wants to think they can judge how professional an employee is based on what he or she does in his or private time, I think that says more about the person snooping and judging than it does about the investigated nurse.
I find nurses to be a very self-righteous group of professionals. We are nasty and judge each other far more than physicians do same.
Unfortunately, Big Brother is watching. And in this age, eyes and ears are everywhere!
I respectfully disagree with your statement that nurses are self-righteous. (that very statement is judgemental.) People are people, and there are self righteous, nasty, judgemental people in ALL professions.
Employers are (rightfully) concerned about the conduct of their employees outside of work. It speaks to morality. Issues of judgement. Integrity. And what you do on your own time may very well be used to PREDICT what you may do on employer's time.
- Aug 12, '12 by CherylRNBSNQuote from RoseRyanWhile I understand your sentiment, I think it is naieve.This is just MY personal opinion and no one has to agree with it or like it...but I feel that so long as I don't put anything about my employer or coworkers, anything about my patients or their care, or anything that violates HIIPA, what I put on my facebook or twitter is my business. It doesnt matter if i get drunk every weekend, it doesn't matter what I tweet or put on facebook. That doesn't determine what kind of nurse I am and it doesn't have any baring on my professionalism. I'm a nurse for 36 hours a week. The rest of the time is mine to do with what I want.
If a potential employer had a way to KNOW you were getting drunk every weekend, do you think they would hire you?? It is well documented that hangovers cause tremendous amts of calling in sick. I am not saying YOU do that, but others do. And if you are getting drunk every weekend, it raises the issue of: are you driving drunk? Are you out of control?
We all have a reputation. And it follows us whether we are at work or not. I want to protect mine.
- Aug 12, '12 by redhead_NURSE98!Quote from Cheryl RN BSNUhh unless I drive for my job, why is this my employer's concern? I agree people who drive drunk are imbeciles but it has nothing to do with whether one can scrape oneself out of bed on Monday and come to work.And if you are getting drunk every weekend, it raises the issue of: are you driving drunk? Are you out of control?Last edit by Esme12 on Aug 14, '12 : Reason: TOS/profanity
- Aug 12, '12 by tothepointeLVNAll this free availability of information is new and employers are glad to have it in order to judge you. It'll take awhile before laws catch up but until they do if its out there and available they'll use it and even if they didn't look at it this way. If I your mean coworker finds your facebook profile with you drunken escapades and I like to gossip well let's say thats not going to end well for yu. Every time you legitimately call in sick I'm muttering under my breath about how your hungover.
So the moral of the story is next time invite me (j/k) or do what Aly Raisman did and delete the tweet about going clubbing and replace it with one that says "Oh what a long day off to bed"
- Aug 13, '12 by Piglet08"Uhhhh unless I drive for my job, why is this my employer's concern? I agree people who drive drunk are @#$@#$holes but it has nothing to do with whether one can scrape oneself out of bed on Monday and come to work."
It is your employer's concern when your job involves judgment upon which people's lives may depend, and involves dispensing controlled substances. You may not think it should be, but it is, anyway.
- Aug 13, '12 by Piglet08"Why do "fools" use their real names on Facebook?
I don't think there's any other option on Facebook.
- Aug 13, '12 by nursel56The whole thing has spawned a new set of companies, though. One for your boss "Social Media Monitoring Tools Made Easy" and another to get rid of the stuff your boss might have an issue with. Amusing NYT article about the latter.
An Application to Help Scrub Those Regrettable Photos From Facebook
- Aug 13, '12 by CherylRNBSNQuote from redhead_NURSE98!The very act of getting drunk every weekend indicates a loss of control. ANY nurse should realize that as a physiological truth. Your judgement is affected. Period. That is the very nature of intoxication!Uhhhh unless I drive for my job, why is this my employer's concern? I agree people who drive drunk are @#$@#$holes but it has nothing to do with whether one can scrape oneself out of bed on Monday and come to work.
So while I see wrong wrong with having fun and imbibing on one's own time. please realize that you have a reputation to protect. Don't portray yourself as getting drunk every weekend.
This reminds of some PR advice I read onetime: never let someone take a photo of you w a drink in your hand.
- Aug 13, '12 by CherylRNBSNQuote from redhead_NURSE98!Uhhhh unless I drive for my job, why is this my employer's concern? I agree people who drive drunk are @#$@#$holes but it has nothing to do with whether one can scrape oneself out of bed on Monday and come to work.
Uhhh, STATISCALLY it DOES. Research "loss of manpower" annually d/t ETOH. This is what employers are concerned with. Statistics, and predicting behavior.