Will you delete your Facebook account of you get into nursing school? - page 7

I've been thinking alot about my Facebook account since all the problems it has brought to people not only in nursing school but also peoples lives. So my question to you is: if you get accepted... Read More

  1. by   Aly529
    Quote from GirlDotson
    I hate to tell you, but no one is unsearchable. There are numerous sites that can tell where you live, your home and cell number, your age, where you were born, what schools you attended, and plethera of other things. If you payed a bill one time, had a landline in your name, graduateed from clas of --, were ever married or divirced...You are searchable. Even my 14 year old daughter is searchable. Sort of scary.
    Quote from CuriousMe
    I've looked at a number of those sites....all the information was wrong (the closest one of the sites got was where I lived 20+ years ago the rest didn't even have that). As long as you take reasonable measures with your data as far as giving it out, the risk is minimal.
    Quote from CuriousMe
    Censoring is really just about using common sense. There's things you'd say to your friends in confidence, sitting in your kitchen that you may not say at a wedding reception filled with your friends and family. It's just about remembering who you're talking to.

    As for "giving my data to FB" all they have is my name and e-mail address...and I control what they send to the e-mail address, I'm not worried.

    Yes, you're "searchable" through public records but what I meant is no one can tell me they know what I did the other day, what I like to eat, how someone ****** me off at work or how I dress on the weekend. No one but my actual friends (real life not fb friends). Also, there's always the debate about what type of account you keep. Do you have only family, only friends, coworkers? Do people feel bad when you don't accept them? Also, many say they use it so people can find them like old friends, classmates...but then they say you can use a fake name...that defeats the purpose a bit.

    I just don't need that. I have bigger fish to fry.

    I am not going to make this a debate on whether FB is a good idea or bad, I am simply saying I find it useless and a total waste of time. It makes it's money of marketing based on what you like and the data you give it and I just chose not to participate.

    And yes, you can censor what you'd say however we're not talking about private one on one conversations with your best friend. I'm talking about having to filter things like what you did this weekend, what you drank, how overwhelmed you are, who you argued with, or general rants that people tend to post on FB and the people who get to read it.

    Suppose you skipped work to study and your boss finds out because of FB or you skipped school to sleep because you were too overwhelmed. It's just to much "what if". And if there is no posting of things like those details then it's not real life so again, I find no point.

    Too much drama and time wasted for me. I find many that are just plain addicted to FB and what new updates and pics people posted.

    AGAIN, you don't have to agree but I am sure I am not the only one out there who chooses to stay away.
    Last edit by Aly529 on May 6, '11
  2. by   believeallispossible
    You guys, if you think about it, this site (allnurses) is kinda another form of facebook... for nurses. ha ha ha. it's addictive.
  3. by   ravensroost
    I had a classmate that was almost kicked out of nursing school for pictures she posted on her facebook account. They were photos of her and other classmates posing with the dummies they use to practice procedures. But, it was the day that they were learning urinary catheters, and the genitals are exchangable (so you can practice male and female insertion). The were holding up the fake parts and posing with the dummy's legs spread open. It was so immature. The school has a written "no photos" policy, but is pretty lax about it, because they need photos for the yearly scrapbook. Just, not those kinds of photos!
    She got in trouble, everyone posing in pictures got in trouble. She did delete her facebook account after that.
    But, this all goes toward judgment and maturity. She should have known better. Really, she did know better, she just couldn't resist the response she knew she'd get from her friends.
    So, yeah. Just be mindful of what you post, and you should be fine.
    Last edit by ravensroost on May 7, '11 : Reason: typo
  4. by   Selfrespectforwomen
    Quote from RscodADN10
    I've been thinking alot about my Facebook account since all the problems it has brought to people not only in nursing school but also peoples lives.

    So my question to you is: if you get accepted to nursing school will you delete your account? Or if in school now will you delete after you graduate?

    You cannot delete your facebook account. The only available action is to 'deactivate' it. This would seem very suspicious if you had a record of facebooking and suddenly, conspicuously 'deactivate' it. Just warrants investigation and a lack of confidence in one's life; possibly a hint of insecurity too. Maybe just take down some photos and remove some rants if you'd like. I was removed from a friend that was becoming a state trooper because of the same situation. He says that they ask for your password and everything, and deleted me as a friend when I posted something about politics.
  5. by   Selfrespectforwomen
    Quote from woahmelly
    Easy solution. Don't be stupid. I know it's hard to use common sense for some people but it really is worth the effort.

    That said, I never once considered deleting my facebook account. I know what is appropriate and what is not.

    • Don't play hooky and then post about it.
    • Don't friend everyone you ever come in contact with.
    • Keep your privacy setting to "friends only"
    • Make sure you get notified when things are tagged with your name. Preemptive damage control is a hell of a lot easier then damage control after the fact.
    ouunce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, yeah. I think this is a little eccentric though, why subject yourself to such immatuerities in the first place? If you're going to pose with human body parts maybe this isn't your profession, if you're going to profess about it, and flaunt yourself; publicizing it to all of your friends: you definitely don't deserve a healthcare career. Grandma Smith don't want her saggy mammary glands being made fun of a stroke before death, or you texting it to friends between bed visits. Seriously, just grow up and save lives already. If you have something to hide, then you need to just stop suppressing and facilitating that juncture, and oblige and ostrasice/distract yourself with something less provocative, until you've slowly weaned yourself unto a healthy life. It's like a diet for your impulsive mind. You have to manage this.
  6. by   DarkBluePhoenix
    Never had one and never will!
  7. by   aNerd
    I wouldn't delete my account after getting accepted. It's like everybody has said, just be careful. I'm super private about my profile (26 friends only). I don't add people I don't personally know. I don't post or put up religious or political info. And if someone starts cussing on my wall, I'd delete their comments (I will - and have - disable my wall from them if they keep it up). My friend's list is only viewable by me. I'm not searchable on search engines (or even by non-friends on Facebook). And I don't and will never post up scandalous pictures or updates (which shouldn't be done anyway, regardless of nursing school).

    I do keep FB because it gives me a chance to connect to people I mayhave lost touch with and possible interacting with future classmates.

    Play it safe and you should be fine.
  8. by   SunshineDaisy
    No. I'm not stupid on my account. I have my parents on there, my in laws, my neices and nephews...I would never post anything I wouldn't want any of them seeing, and if a friend should post something I'd delete it. It's my way of keeping in touch with all kinds of family and friends!
  9. by   jhoilman
    When you engage in any social media you have to monitor yourself and others. Like a previous poster said if a friend posted something inappropriate, she would delete it. It is possible to have a social media that helps your career. Social media such as Linkedin.com has the possibility of putting a positive image of its users out there for employers.

    The most important thing is that if you choose to create social media profiles, you need to be well informed and willing to monitor your accounts.
  10. by   Miss Infermiera2b
    No, I am not planning to delete my Facebook. My family lives 2,800 miles away from me and I like to use Facebook as one of the ways to keep in touch. I do know of a few nursing students who got in trouble because of social media but I'm not planning on violating HIPAA just to get some social media attention. Just be smart and appropriate about it.
  11. by   emmjayy
    I won't delete my Facebook, but I've always been very mindful of what I post and go through it every couple of months to take down old posts, review pictures, and make sure that the narrative I'm presenting is consistent with the image I'd want a future employer to see. I also have the most privacy settings possible activated on my account, and have everything hidden to the public except for profile photo (not the entire album, just the current photo) and my current timeline photo. I actually have things set so that people can post on my wall, but I'm the only person who can see their posts, to minimize the chances of a friend posting something offensive and others seeing it before I can take it down. I've always been very protective over my data and highly doubt that any nursing school or future employer will ever have a problem with my Facebook presence.
  12. by   liane90
    No, I use it primarily to keep in contact with my friends and family that are far away. I do not post anything that would put me in a bad light. I use proper grammar, do not cuss, I do not post pictures that could be considered bad. If a future employer looks at my page, it is very private and they cannot see much unless they are my friend anyway. However, if for some reason they are on my friends list, there's nothing that can be used against me. I do not post drama on my page.
  13. by   futurenursling
    People in all kinds of helping professions still have Facebook. Very little information of mine is available to the public, and I will keep it that way when I am a nurse.