Do nurses have a responsibility to keep their Facebook professional? - page 3

I am "Facebook friends" with a large number of my nursing peers. I am often quite surprised at the behavior I see exhibited by them in so public a place. I see: 1. Lots and lots of foul... Read More

  1. Visit  kimsey profile page
    I feel like you should be able to post whatever you want on your facebook page, however, with that said you shouldn't break any laws or break HIPAA by doing so, there is a limit to "whatever you want". I make heavy use of privacy settings, my profile cannot be seen by the public, and I have strict lists of who can see what post. Prior to being laid off, I listed myself as an LPN @ company but I used the "umbrella" company name, not specifically where I worked, and I never posted about work related things other than the occasional "bad day at work" without any details. I try to refrain from friending co-workers too often on facebook and in real life - I'm there to work, not make friends or pick up boyfriends (can of worms!).

    I am a big support of "free speech", but if you make good use of privacy settings, then only those trusted people will see those things, I also feel that you shouldn't have thousands of "friends" you don't know on facebook, you never know what kind of people they might be.

    /steps down off soapbox.

    To be honest, I rarely post anything on facebook, but I feel like it's peoples right to post what they want to (within the law) and if someone posts something I don't like (which is pretty much never) I simplly unfriend them or tell them that I don't appreciate their post.
    chaka_1709, LiLoRN, and giveface like this.
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  3. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
    Quote from giveface
    Excuse me but aren't we trained to be wholistic? I am not a nurse only during my waking hours at the hospital am I? If I were driving in my car and saw a train derailment, would I get out to help the victims or just say, "Well, I'm in 'personal mode' right now, not my problem.". It isn't so clear cut/black or white.
    What exactly does that have to do with Facebook? Holistic nursing is about caring for all aspects of the patient, not that a nurse is a nurse 24/7. Of course, unless there was a valid reason, most nurses would stop and help at a train derailment. Besides, it's healthy to have downtime.

    As for my Facebook, I have my privacy settings set to only allow those I'm friends with see anything. Friend of friend? Nope, not seeing anything but my name. Not even friend of friend? You won't find me because I'm set to not even be found in a search. Still don't post anything questionable. I am friends with people from work, but I actually hang out with them outside of work.
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  4. Visit  giveface profile page
    M point is only that why should you have to make and maintain two separate facebook accounts (second one under a pseudonym), simply to enable this misguided concept that employers have the right to spy on us in our personal lives, they don't have that right IMO. What I meant by the train derailment analogy, is that we don't have an "on nurse/off nurse" button when we go from a professional environment to a personal one; we are always a nurse.
  5. Visit  Whispera profile page
    Employers check Facebook to see what potential employees post. It's a common practice.

    Multiple accounts on Facebook are somewhat linked to each other, and the system isn't flawless, so if you have more than one, one could directly lead to the other. For instance, I have an account I intended to use for some virtual learning for my students. I found it went directly to my other friends and family site. I don't know what others can see on it, but I can see everything no matter which account I use.

    Someone who knows how can bypass the privacy settings on Facebook. Also, there are people "out there" who like to cause trouble, and who knows what lengths they might go to...

    So, don't post things you don't want someone else to read because you never know what will be read.

    Also, don't look like a twit by posting things that can make you look like one!
    CherylRNBSN, Miss Lizzie, klone, and 2 others like this.
  6. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
    Quote from giveface
    M point is only that why should you have to make and maintain two separate facebook accounts (second one under a pseudonym), simply to enable this misguided concept that employers have the right to spy on us in our personal lives, they don't have that right IMO. What I meant by the train derailment analogy, is that we don't have an "on nurse/off nurse" button when we go from a professional environment to a personal one; we are always a nurse.
    If it's on the web, it's public, not private and therefore not spying. Even here on allnurses, without my real name or identifying picture, I'm still careful about changing anything potentially identifying.
    Miss Lizzie and IowaKaren like this.
  7. Visit  Bortaz, RN profile page
    Regardless of your privacy settings, all it takes is one friend to "share" or screenshot your post for it to become quite public.
    CherylRNBSN, Miss Lizzie, texasmum, and 7 others like this.
  8. Visit  giveface profile page
    I disagree and feel that it is being nosy, stirring up trouble and spying. As I stated earlier, unless I am posting privleged info (which I never do), than what photos I choose to put up, or what political or ideological whatevers on my profile are my business. That's just how I see it. Another analogy is peeping toms. Is it the fault of the person being peeped on because she left her curtains open ( of course not!), or the fault of the gross peeping, spying tom. Same principle applies IMO.
    chaka_1709 and JZ_RN like this.
  9. Visit  veggie530 profile page
    Although facebook can be made private, I have been (at times) what information was shared through friends of mine on facebook that were friends with people that I was not.
  10. Visit  sauconyrunner profile page
    You of course, have the right to represent yourself in ANY way on Facebook. However, certain representations may make you much less attractive to employers, and may hinder your goals to stay employed.

    I do wonder if it would embarrass you if your boss saw it...why on earth would you be ok with your friends or family looking at it!

    But I do lead a pretty pedantic life. So maybe thats my issue. Secondly, I have learned to post on FB in a deliberately vague that those in the know "know" and those out of the "know" will have to speculate...
  11. Visit  IowaKaren profile page
    If future employers are now checking into your credit report and using that against you, you can bet they will use facebook also. Once it's out there, there's no taking it back.
    sharpeimom and MassED like this.
  12. Visit  Anna Flaxis profile page
    I believe that what I do in my personal, private time is none of my employer's business. My FB page is personal, it is not related to my employment, so therefore, my employer has no right to be snooping. I am also against drug testing as a condition of employment as a violation of our rights to privacy and unreasonable search and seizure. I have nothing to hide, as I only do legal drugs like alcohol and caffeine, but it's the principle of the matter to me.

    Edited to add: My credit report is none of their business either (and I have excellent credit, again, it's the principle!)!!!
  13. Visit  doc8406 profile page
    No, they do not have a responsibility AS NURSES to keep it professional. HOWEVER, for ANY job, if they like being employed, it is highly advisable and keep two questions in mind in regards to behavior.

    1. Does this embarrass my employer? If you talk crap about your boss, coworkers, or how your hospital, clinic, office does business, then don't be surprised when the rumor mill at work results in your termination. All those people you have friended from work will not keep their mouth shut offline.

    2. Who is my audience? Do these people really care about what I'm saying? Why show photos of guzzling beers while you're half dressed for your work "friends" to see? There are distribution lists on FB that you can direct your posts to or exclude them from. I have a handful such as "work, liberal, hometown, besties, and music lovers" So I don't spam my posts to the wrong types of people or things they just don't care about.

    Bottom line, people that say and do stupid stuff find themselves repeatedly wondering why they are constantly getting themselves in trouble or bad things happening to them. I generally keep any post clean as can be. Once it's on the's there forever whether you hit the delete button or not.

    One more thing...Don't be a rat. Don't come to work and run your mouth about what you saw on someone elses internet page. Just shut your yap and get to is not a social club.

    My Two cents
    sharpeimom, MassED, caliotter3, and 1 other like this.
  14. Visit  Bortaz, RN profile page
    I see a lot of people signing into various discussion boards with a sign-on linked to their Facebook account. Just the other day, I was reading the comment section on a news story on the website of our local newspaper...there, for all the world to see, very public, were profane and ignorant and inappropriate comments by posters identified like so:

    Joe Blow - RN at Blah Blah Medical Center.
    Jane Wipe - Poncho Villa Elementary
    Elsa Fap - CEO at BoogerCorp.

    I just truly believe that people are not as secure in their online life as they believe themselves to be.

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