Posting Licensed Number in social media

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KelRN215, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Pedi.

I'm trying to figure out why you would WANT to post your nursing license # on a social media site.

NurseNightOwl, BSN, RN

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Social media is never a secure site, and personal information shouldn't be freely shared in that forum. You would not share your social security number or even your telephone number in an open forum, so I would think that your license # would fall under the same thing.

I am not sure the intent or the purpose. If someone wants your license number (say to verify your license for a job) then social media would be the last place I would post to tell someone about it.

I think it's usually screen shots of your name and number by new grads when they find out they pass NCLEX.


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Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN.


the little man stands in front of a canon

next to him is a string with a sign that reads "don't pull"

what should he do?

Bortaz, MSN, RN

2,628 Posts

Specializes in CDI Supervisor; Formerly NICU.
I think it's usually screen shots of your name and number by new grads when they find out they pass NCLEX.
Yes, it's this. A friend of mine graduated from NS, got her license in the mail, and posted a picture of it on Facebook.

On the spot where the license number resides, she'd Photoshopped it out and typed "git ur own". I about died laughing.

I agree with the others, while mine is public and anyone can look up my license number, I have never had the need to post it on social media. Why would you?


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Maybe she/he is just very proud and wants to show it to everyone in social media. Some are even use RN with their fullname attached to it in facebook account.


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I'm not sure why it's a big deal. All you need is my last name in my state and you can get my license number; I'm the only RN with my last name, and the other non-RN license is a relative. That's certainly not the same as posting my phone number or address or social security number.

Having said that, I don't even post pictures of my food on social media. :)

Ruas61, BSN, RN

1,368 Posts

Specializes in MDS/ UR.

Why would you post any kind of personal information like that? I don't understand it. Yeah, you can about get anything online but why wave it around? I guess it is the information think.

Specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical.

Why would you WANT to post your number on a social media site?

Specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical.

Yikes, that's a little more information than I'd be comfortable with! Our state lists our name, any previous names you held a license under, year you were first licensed, year of expiration and city you live in. I'm not sure why the city in necessary, but knowing that some states share more, I should be happy!

My state has professional license holders information on the secretary of state's website. You can go on the website, look up by license #, and get their name, DOB, and address. That bugs me and I would never post my license #.


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It's public data so anyone can look up the number (rin my state it's on the OOP website if you do a name also lists our city). But posting it on social media takes the work out of it, so it's that much easier to steal identity. I definately wouldn't do it! Or if the person is hell bent on posting it for whatever reason, at least black out the number or something

Specializes in ER.

In my state's it's easy to look up people's license number. Actually in both states.

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