Do nurses have a responsibility to keep their Facebook professional?

  1. 18 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 language/inappropriate pics, etc.
    2. Lots and lots of "oh, man, I'm so wasted right now...bout to go to the next bar!!!"
    3. Lots and lots of TMI about relationships, affairs, drunkeness, fights, whatever.

    On their FB profile, they have it proudly posted that they are "Registered Nurse at So-and-so Hospital", or "Proud PEDI Nurse!" or "School nurse at Ur Dum Akadimy".

    I cringe sometimes when I see some of this stuff, and think to myself "what would their employer think?" or, "Hope they're not interviewing soon with a computer-adept manager".

    I try to keep my social media as clean as I can, and don't flaunt any of my bad habits for the world to see.

    But, what do you think? Do nurses have a responsibility to maintain a professional demeanor on their (supposedly) private social media sites?

    Another possibility: Am I an old fart?
  2. Visit  Bortaz, RN profile page

    About Bortaz, RN, ADN

    Bortaz, RN has '5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'NICU, Clinical Documentation Specialist'. From 'Texas'; 46 Years Old; Joined Jun '08; Posts: 2,856; Likes: 5,166.

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  3. Visit  eatmysoxRN profile page
    7
    I agree with you. I keep my facebook clean on the rare occasion I post something. I think facebook could give employers reason to terminate employees depending on the policies in place.
  4. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
    33
    I think nobody should be posting that crap, whether a nurse or not.
    MMaeLPN, JRP1120, RN, squidbillies, and 30 others like this.
  5. Visit  nursel56 profile page
    9
    No, you're not an old fart! Yes, you will hear people say that what one does while they aren't working is none of the employer's business, the fact is they do look at that, so do you really want them to see a picture of you at the beach guzzling beer from an ice luge? I think not.

    Just a few days ago someone related that they were fired because another person wrote an inappropriate post about a nurse humiliating a resident at the facility where they both worked. They assumed if it was there that she saw it, and therefore didn't report a case of abuse that she was aware of. I never post anything about work on social media websites.
    Miss Lizzie, VickyRN, VivaLasViejas, and 6 others like this.
  6. Visit  NurseCard profile page
    3
    I post mostly photo's of my kids, inspirational stuff, and silly stuff
    like the kitty cat sitting on a little table; looked like the cat had four
    new legs. The caption? "Lt. Dan! You got new legs!" =)

    I try to stay away from posting things that are crude, full of foul
    language, or embarrassing, but my life is uber stressful and
    sometimes I can't help posting the occasional "SOS!" status.
    I don't have that many Facebook friends; most of them know
    me pretty well, another bunch of them are friends from Church.
    (another reason why I try to keep it clean! =))

    In a perfect world, yes what we post on Facebook should
    have no bearing on our professional life, but the fact is
    that a computer savvy employer can find ANYTHING
    ever posted on the Internet, EVER. So...

    And yes, I do feel like the poster who's friend
    posted that thing on her Facebook page deserved
    to be fired if she knew that it was there and
    failed to delete it and scold her friend for it. JMO.
    destinedtobea, nursel56, and kay0324 like this.
  7. Visit  Zookeeper3 profile page
    3
    If you do a search here, you will find some strong opinions and some excellent advice that mirrors your thoughts, though not everyone is that social network savy. Once it's posted, it's there forever!

    I never ever post any specifics, but I do have pics of me drinking a beer or a frozen foo foo here and there. I might say," sure as all get out, it was a full moon and the crazies were out in full force". Now it didn't say I was at work, where I work, what type of work I do anywhere on my site. I could be working flipping burgers for all the public knows.

    I know enough to call my nurse friends and have a private complaint session... a public forum is NOT the place. In fact I am VERY careful here as well, as some need to heed that and give less details too!
    not.done.yet, texasmum, and MassED like this.
  8. Visit  Hay, RN profile page
    12
    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    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 language/inappropriate pics, etc.
    2. Lots and lots of "oh, man, I'm so wasted right now...bout to go to the next bar!!!"
    3. Lots and lots of TMI about relationships, affairs, drunkeness, fights, whatever.

    On their FB profile, they have it proudly posted that they are "Registered Nurse at So-and-so Hospital", or "Proud PEDI Nurse!" or "School nurse at Ur Dum Akadimy".

    I cringe sometimes when I see some of this stuff, and think to myself "what would their employer think?" or, "Hope they're not interviewing soon with a computer-adept manager".

    I try to keep my social media as clean as I can, and don't flaunt any of my bad habits for the world to see.

    But, what do you think? Do nurses have a responsibility to maintain a professional demeanor on their (supposedly) private social media sites?

    Another possibility: Am I an old fart?
    My Facebook is private. Not public. Only my friends can see ANYTHING on my profile. (: So I don't care what I put on there.
    areawoman, DizzyLizzyNurse, IR-RN, and 9 others like this.
  9. Visit  FLmomof5 profile page
    8
    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.
  10. Visit  klone profile page
    14
    IMO, if you have posted your place of employment anywhere in your profile, you automatically have designated yourself a representative of that employer, and anything you say on Facebook can definitely come back and haunt you, or at least look super unprofessional.

    One of the reasons why I don't list my employer in my profile!
    MMaeLPN, JRP1120, RN, snuggles49, and 11 others like this.
  11. Visit  OnlybyHisgraceRN profile page
    1
    One word: Yes.
    Esme12 likes this.
  12. Visit  NicuGal profile page
    2
    Also, most hospitals have a social media policy and if you are inappropriate and you have you work at a certain place they can fire you as you are a representative of that institution. That's why I don't list where I work, but I don't post stuff like that either. And unless you don't friend people you work with, your page is not totally private, things can show up on others pages and they can still share things from your page.
    IowaKaren and MassED like this.
  13. Visit  chuckster profile page
    8
    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    . . . But, what do you think? Do nurses have a responsibility to maintain a professional demeanor on their (supposedly) private social media sites? . . .
    I maintain my professional demeanor on Face Book by not having an account :-|
    CherylRNBSN, PennyWise, SuperStarRN, and 5 others like this.
  14. Visit  Hygiene Queen profile page
    1
    I rarely, rarely, rarely even check my FB and just about never ever post.
    I keep it for contacts and to monitor my two teenagers.
    It is very private, but I am considering getting rid of work associates, d/t a few who complain about work and coworkers.
    It seems a few are oblivious to the fact that their posts aren't as invisible as they think... like the two co-workers who took a rather rude jab at me when I failed nursing school...yoo hoo! I can seeeeeeeeeee you, lol!

    Not only do I try to protect myself from work, but I also try to protect myself from my psych patients!
    MBARNBSN likes this.

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