Do nurses have a responsibility to keep their Facebook professional? - page 7

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  steffuturelpn profile page
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    I think if you are gonna post these type of things you should not have your employer listed on your fb page , I personally have my page private, no job listed and no coworkers as friends, and I post whatever I want because it's my page , nurses are people to so im tired of these mixed standards for us, we party, get wasted have drama in our lives just like the next person
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  3. Visit  SwansonRN profile page
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    My personal philosophy with any social media website is less is more.

    You don't have to be a saint after you leave work. By all means go bar crawl, do keg stands, swear, laugh at immature/off color things (as long as none of these things affect your ability to do your job safely), but the things you actually put on facebook/twitter/myspace becomes public property and knowledge regardless of how private your settings are. If you want to post pictures from your night out, just leave out the ones that are incriminating. If you want to vent about your work, call someone or come here and do it anonymously. If you see a offensive joke or picture, send it to a few of your friends you know would appreciate it.

    I know people like to express themselves through these websites, but if you end up in trouble or putting your job in jeopardy, was it worth it? Nah. Just be smart.
    CherylRNBSN, dudette10, and Altra like this.
  4. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    Where do you people that say it is bad draw the line between work and personal life? What I do in my own time is my business. yeah I post pictures of the stupid things I do but what difference does that make to me doing my job? Now if I am posting pics of me shooting heroin into both my eyes I could see the cause for concern. But come on really?
  5. Visit  GitanoRN profile page
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    needless to say, people should ask themselves prior posting a comment or anything on any wed-cite "is this the portrait of me i want my future boss or my family to judge me by?"....just saying
    MassED likes this.
  6. Visit  jjtkk33 profile page
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    I agree. The days we live in now of social networking can play a big part of how you are evaluated as a nurse. For example - nurse posts on FB/twitter getting wasted, up all night partying - works the next day, major patient care error - is that something that can be looked at in court? Do you think that might be pulled to show why the nurse could possibly have made the error ( hung over, tired, possibly still under the effects of alcohol ...)
    Also it reflects poorly on your professional image. I watched an episode of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders and that was a BIG thing for their recruits and played a part into whether they were cut or not.
    I try to keep things I post g-rated and not about work
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  7. Visit  Bortaz, RN profile page
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    People keep yelling "freeeeeeeeedoooooooooooooooom!" and "Wolverinessssssssssssssssss!", but they always leave off the part about freedom requiring responsibility. You, as a nurse, have the right to get drunk and screw around all you want. No one (well, not me at least) is questioning your rights to do as you please. But with those rights comes the need for acting responsibly. If you're posting boob shots and pic of you puking up your Margarita...and have your employer listed on the site...you're setting yourself up for a crisis of your own making.

    I don't go to my friend's page looking for this stuff. It's right there on my wall because they chose to share it. The minute you choose to share something, it's no longer private information. That nurse dropping F-bombs about our manager never even considered that I could ruin her life by simply hitting the "share" link under her post on my wall. Then the other 30 coworkers from our hospital that are on my friends list would see it....what are the chances that at least one of them is either 1. A snitch or 2. Friends with the manager, and would immediately show it to them?
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  8. Visit  buytheshoes11 profile page
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    My account is private but I still don't risk posting ridiculous things on my account. I like Facebook for keeping in touch with friends. Some things are better left to phone conversations and face-to-face chats.
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  9. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
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    It's not a responsibility.. it's common sense.
    not.done.yet and MassED like this.
  10. Visit  redhead_NURSE98! profile page
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    Quote from jjtkk33
    I agree. The days we live in now of social networking can play a big part of how you are evaluated as a nurse. For example - nurse posts on FB/twitter getting wasted, up all night partying - works the next day, major patient care error - is that something that can be looked at in court? Do you think that might be pulled to show why the nurse could possibly have made the error ( hung over, tired, possibly still under the effects of alcohol ...)
    This is a problem. I have a FB friend who makes jokes about texting and driving to be funny i.e. "Can't these people see I'm trying to text here? All the horn honking isn't necessary" and I pray she doesn't get in a wreck where someone is injured.
  11. Visit  sharpeimom profile page
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    i wouldn't have work-related information on my fb site. i have an account mostly to make it easier to stay up-to-date with family members of both mine and my husband's. friends on my fb acct. range in age from my 91 year old auntie down to some young cousins who are just barely old enough for fb accounts of their own, to some friends and neighbors.

    i feel i have to be really careful what i post because the kids will see it and that isn't being a good example.
    aside from that, my mom's twin would give me if there were ever anything blue on my fb account.

    fb makes it easier for the mothers of babies and toddlers to keep my spread out all over the country family updated, and
    to share pictures and whatever with the rest of us. but adult-rated? not professional or adult behavior.
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  12. Visit  sealford profile page
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    Quote from FLmomof5
    I *never* friend co-workers.....well, one exception (she and I were NS classmates and now work on the same floor). My posts are either family or old friend stuff, silly stuff or, much to many a person's chagrin - political.

    I have insisted that my children remove inappropriate stuff from their pages, not only because it reflects badly on them, but because it appears on my page and could reflect poorly on me.

    I *do* have my employer listed which is why I am extra cautious. Nothing on my page should reflect poorly on my employer or me as a RN.

    Strange thing though......my hubby (US Army) deleted his FB page purely because some officer thought my political posts (highly conservative/republican) could be considered "seditious" and hurt hubby's career! Really?!? Wow. So being against the current Pres (aka: Commmander-in-Chief) and supporting his challenger is "seditious"?! Gotta love the "extremes" of politics these days. So much for the first amendment.

    If you are extreme, then so am I. I'm not a huge fan of the pResident either (and no, that "R" was not a typo.) My friends probably get tired of all of the political stuff that I post as well, but they can assert their rights and not read it (they can unfriend me).
  13. Visit  sharpeimom profile page
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    another reason i have a fairly g-rated fb account is because i'm the designated account watcher for two of the
    younger cousins. they're 14 and 15 and since having your parent check your fb page would be humiliating, to say the very least, guess who got the job?

    i've had a couple of f bomb-type posts removed from their pages and feel that if these kids will have access to my page, it absolutely must be safe for them.

    maybe i'm the old fart (fartess?) at the party? who knows?
    texasmum likes this.
  14. Visit  2BRN123 profile page
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    Facebook is a time sucking spam box. Just delete it and you won't have to be exposed to other people's meaningless idiocy.
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