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Do you "tell" Facebook where you work?

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Do you "tell" FB where you work?

  1. 1. Do you "tell" FB where you work?

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      Yes
    • 196
      No
    • 31
      I don't have a FB

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Of the nurses I know, some have their place of employment on their FB page and some do not.

I am just curious to see if you post your place of employment on your FB page and your reasoning behind your decision.

I'll start:

As a new grad, on the hunt for a job, I was originally thinking that the minute I finally become employed I am going to shout it to the world (meaning put it on FB). But then I got to thinking...is this really a good idea?

I have previously worked in healthcare (non-nursing) and even then I was hesitant about posting my place of employment on FB. I mean I did, but, this time feels different. I do not plan to post my future places of employment on FB.

I previously did not realize that anyone can find you (including patients) just by typing in your place of employment!

I have seen (I believe here on AN--maybe not--not sure) a story where a patient's family member/friend has attempted to friend the nurse on FB hoping to gain information about a patient.

Just seems a little risky IMO...

But I'm curious to hear others opinions and reasoning!

Edited by RN403

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

If you look at my FB you wouldn't know I even have a job never mind the two companies I work for.

I'm not sure my siblings know that I'm a nurse. ;) (they are all hundreds if not thousands of miles away)

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Just asking for trouble. My facility actually had a giveaway for employees who liked their page. Sorry, no go. If I like that page, they can see everything I post, and no, just no. I do my best to keep my private life separate from my work life. That means not identifying where I work or friending those I work with unless we are friends outside of work (and even then, I can customize who can see what, so even they don't even see everything I post). And regularly checking and updating security settings is a must- Facebook seems to have a thing for randomly resetting them. I can't even be found unless you are friends with one of my friends (and there's a whole whopping 40 of them) or you know my personal email address, which is very seldom given out.

juan de la cruz, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in APRN, Adult Critical Care, General Cardiology. Has 27 years experience.

To me, it depends on your intentions for having a presence in social media and how you are using any social media platform such as facebook (or LinkedIn, or twitter). If you maintain a degree of decorum and professionalism in whatever it is you share, then I don't see why having your place of employment in your profile could hurt. These social media sites also have privacy settings that you can manipulate so that only certain individuals are allowed to view parts of your profile.

Just asking for trouble. My facility actually had a giveaway for employees who liked their page. Sorry, no go. If I like that page, they can see everything I post, and no, just no. I do my best to keep my private life separate from my work life. That means not identifying where I work or friending those I work with unless we are friends outside of work (and even then, I can customize who can see what, so even they don't even see everything I post). And regularly checking and updating security settings is a must- Facebook seems to have a thing for randomly resetting them. I can't even be found unless you are friends with one of my friends (and there's a whole whopping 40 of them) or you know my personal email address, which is very seldom given out.

I did not realize that if you 'like' a page then they can see your posts! Good to know. I agree though, it's better to keep things private. Gotta love that customize feature!

To me, it depends on your intentions for having a presence in social media and how you are using any social media platform such as facebook (or LinkedIn, or twitter). If you maintain a degree of decorum and professionalism in whatever it is you share, then I don't see why having your place of employment in your profile could hurt. These social media sites also have privacy settings that you can manipulate so that only certain individuals are allowed to view parts of your profile.

You make a very good point!

itsmejuli

Specializes in Home Care.

I keep my FB locked down. I also don't use the FB app due to lack of privacy.

I keep my FB locked down. I also don't use the FB app due to lack of privacy.

I agree, I do not use the app either.

RedInScrubs, ASN, RN

Specializes in Medical-Surgial, Cardiac, Pediatrics. Has 3 years experience.

I do, but I also censor my FB page to include only what I would want published on a billboard, and it's NEVER public information, even where I work. So if I'm okay posting it there, I would be fine with my employer seeing or knowing about it.

I also don't have to worry quite as much about patients or family finding me, since I spell my name differently on FB versus my professional life. I did that purposely, to differentiate the two, and I've found to be VERY helpful. (Thank you to my overly paranoid psych nurse of a mother for that paranoia..)

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

Oh yes I have my place of employment listed. Most of my FB friends are from work. I just don't post anything negative about work.

I do, but I also censor my FB page to include only what I would want published on a billboard, and it's NEVER public information, even where I work. So if I'm okay posting it there, I would be fine with my employer seeing or knowing about it.

I also don't have to worry quite as much about patients or family finding me, since I spell my name differently on FB versus my professional life. I did that purposely, to differentiate the two, and I've found to be VERY helpful. (Thank you to my overly paranoid psych nurse of a mother for that paranoia..)

I think that's a great idea. I also use sort of an "alias" as my FB name. Makes me feel a little more comfortable.

Oh yes I have my place of employment listed. Most of my FB friends are from work. I just don't post anything negative about work.

Do you post anything about work at all? While I was still in nursing school our dean told us that she never posted anything work-related on FB--even positive things. I have seen people on FB post pictures taken at work, post about how they love their job, etc. Any thoughts on that? I personally would be very hesitant to make any remarks about my job. But I tend to run on the more cautious side of things.

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

Oh yeah we post pictures from work sometimes. I only post good stuff but I love my job so that makes a difference.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

At this point, I don't list my employer, but I do list that I'm an RN.

I am thinking about changing it if I accept this new job; I have plans to remain in their system, so I'll list the system and leave it at that.

My page is pretty locked down, and my posts are mild and are usually inspirational posts that are non-denominational, and where I've traveled; no drunk postings or embarrassing pics either. :no:

And I leave work at work, so no good bad, or indifferent posts about my work either.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

I check my FaceBook page every few months. FB is an evil timesucker. And no, I don't list my employer, my profession or much of anything else.

WoosahRN, MSN, RN

Specializes in PICU. Has 10 years experience.

Nope. I don't list my companies. Don't "like" their pages. And a couple years ago I started gutting my friends list to people I actively worked with vs acquaintance coworkers due to some FB drama that got blown way up and out of proportion. I have privacy locked down but I still feel like "they" can see me. I do talk about work because it's a big part of my life but no patient details or stories.

It is not a good idea to list your employer on FB. There are some facilities who do not want you to--and even more that search one's fb for who knows what. But by listing your place of employment or "liking" pages, it can lead to some significant issues. FB is supposed to be fun. An outlet for all sorts of ideas and viewpoints. Not some work drama that now you have to deal with at home when you are just attempting to write "happy birthday" to a friend from jr high.

Private and work life should be 2 seperate things. And I would be really, really hesitant to post any pics of work. There has been more than one nurse who have gotten into hot water for that, regardless of whether they are "nice" pictures or not.

Salisburysteak, ADN, RN

Specializes in Long-term Acute Care.

Oh yes I have my place of employment listed. Most of my FB friends are from work. I just don't post anything negative about work.

Exactly! FB is what you make of it. I rarely post statuses about work or anything. I just mostly play games.

Some of the political stuff makes me LOL though.