Do nurses have a responsibility to keep their Facebook professional? - page 5

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. by   MassED
    Quote from Bortaz, RN
    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.
    You are right. One should sign OUT of Facebook (or anything else) once they are done, so that things are not shared and stored.
  2. by   Ruby Vee
    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?
    quite possibly you're an old fart; i'm sure the majority of members would agree that we both were. however, i agree with you. guess that means that i'm just as much of an old fart as you.

    i have never listed any of my co-workers as friends on facebook, and if i ever do decide to do such an unwise thing, i'll create a new and super clean profile just for that purpose. the facebook that i use to connect with friends and family doesn't list where i work or where i went to school.

    the thing is, those who need to read your message and take it to heart won't because they don't believe anyone nearly old enough to be their parent has anything to say that they need to hear. or they aren't smart or savvy enough to have figured out that you're right.
  3. by   Anna Flaxis
    Quote from That Guy
    Do you all wear your tin foil hats too when you post?
    Well duh!
  4. by   AgentBeast
    As a general rule I have a no Facebook no Twitter policy. I have not and will not post on there or sites like that.
  5. by   Tragically Hip
    Quote from giveface
    It may not be the reality but I believe it should be and would be if nurses just stood up for ourselves and told employers to mind their own business. I am not paid to be at work 24/7, until that time comes I will continue to do what I want in my personal life so long as it doesn't affect my ability to be professional *at work*!
    It's not a nursing issue. It's an employer issue, and it affect employees in all areas. Health care personnel have the added burden of conformance to HIPAA. An employer doesn't have to keep tabs on you if they suspect you for some reason; anyone who reads a post of yours, or a post that was placed on your wall, and is offended, they might forward it to your employer. And yes, there is a good chance that a prospective new employer will Google you, and look for your Facebook account. Anything that reflects negatively on an employer will be a problem for you, but any violation of the HIPAA laws will likely get you fired.

    I don't see any reason to list your employer on your FB profile. Anyone who needs to know where you work will know. I do not have an open profile, but if I did, I would not have any business colleagues as FB friends.

    Of course you can manage lists of friends, and control who sees what, but a single mistake in handling that can be costly. Also, FB messes up from time to time, and everything is visible to everyone. I would not trust that site with anything that could cause embarrasment or harm to anyone.
  6. by   Tragically Hip
    Quote from MassED
    You are right. One should sign OUT of Facebook (or anything else) once they are done, so that things are not shared and stored.
    Once something is posted, it is there forever (though Facebook recently claimed that they no longer keep photos forever). Everything that was there when you logged out will be there when you log in. Everything that was shared when you logged out will remain shared.

    If you are on a public computer and you forget to log out, then your life can be turned upside down if a malefactor decides to post embarrassing things from your account. If they post criminal things, such as personal threats, then you might have a very big problem, at least until you are cleared.
  7. by   ShesAcuteNurse
    I will be starting nursing school in the Fall and I keep my FB page rated G at all times. I don't believe in posting my every move and thought on their either. I also keep my profile wall private to all except friends/family.
  8. by   whichone'spink
    I did my best to keep my FB profile as clean as I could. I then decided it was too much trouble to maintain a FB profile, plus I was uncomfortable with the invasion of privacy issues and time wasting issues. Now I have none.
  9. by   Hygiene Queen
    Quote from workingharder
    Dang! I thought I had myself pretty well disguised...
  10. by   turnforthenurse
    I think so.

    My Facebook is clean. I *am* friends with co-workers but all of us are friends and we get along great. There are some co-workers that I do not get along with at all and I know would backstab me in a heartbeat...I am not friends with them. I do not post anything about work unless it is something vague like, "we have such an awesome team!" or "glad that night is over and done with..." or something along those lines. I don't post raunchy pictures or statues or anything. I also do not have my employer listed on my page! Mine just says "works at Hospital." I used to have my employer but I removed it.

    You would be surprised that employers actually do tap into their employee's Facebook. There is a way, even if it is private. That happened to a friend of mine...she posted something about work about how a patient fell and some other details, but no details pertaining to who the patient was. She got talked to by her manager and her manager said that posting about work is a fireable offense. My friend's Facebook is private, too!
  11. by   RoseRyan
    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.
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
    Moved to our Nursing and Professionalism forum.

    See our thread: NSCBN: Social Media Guidelines for Nurses for advice from our regulatory and professional associations.
  13. by   texasmum
    TOTALLY agree! I am very picky about my FB friends and I still spend time every morning going through and deleting what some folks consider "funny" pics and comments from other peoples threads that show up on my wall. Even though i didn't post it; I don't like it being on my wall. Been known to completely hide folks because of it.