You may not have a Facebook account, but you are on social media. Allnurses.com falls into the social media category, and no one can say there isn't a lot of drama here at time.
Platforms like Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc are tools that can have a valid role in a nurses personal and professional development. They key is how it's used.
Friends. You don't have to friend anyone on Facebook and you don't have to post anything. So why bother then. Well Facebook is a place were professional organizations have a presence. For example as a Critical Care and ED nurse I follow the AACN, ENA and there are pages set up by people to present current up to date information that can directly affect my nursing practice. The same for twitter and other platforms.
What gets people into trouble, is what they post, and that isn't any different that posting here.
The area that I think gets nurses into trouble is the perception that they are truly anonymous on social media. That goes for here also. Being Anon on SoMe gives you a false sense of security, and sometimes leads people to post things that they really shouldn't. It is surprisingly easy to get outed on Social Media and it's happened pretty frequently.
But if you think about SoMe as sitting in a bar or even a street corner and that it's possible for you boss to walk by and hear you, and adjust what you say accordingly, You'll be fine.
I made a conscious decision not to be Anon on social medial. My whole name is plastered out there. I routinely chat and discuss topics that directly affect my nursing practice with Dr's and Nurses from all over the world. I've had direct discussions with the movers and shakers of the nursing world. (I've chatted with Patricia Benner)
Have I screwed up? Yup. I've posted things that I shouldn't have, but then again i've made comments about my employer while at a local AACN chapter meeting.
So get online and use the tools we have. Just don't smeg your boss, your co workers, the hospital across town, and definitely don't share any protected health information and show compassion and common sense when posting. Don't be scared of it, use it.,
Oh and it is ok to post pictures of what your having for dinner on twitter. :)
p.p.s You don't have to follow Justin Beaber or the Kardasians.