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Social Media And You

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And when I say "you", as nurses we are really two "yous" the nursing you and the personal you. And why sometimes, never the two should meet. Social media can marry the professional you with the personal you. And not always with the intended results... You are reading page 2 of Social Media And You. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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I have a facebook account but do not post about my job. I also do not have as facebook friends those I currently work with. If I leave the job, or they leave the job, I will add them then if I consider them a friend; but not while we work together. There are too many potential problems associated with this.

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I have FB; not Twitter.

I do not list my workplace there. And I don't say anything about work either.

The reason I joined was to keep in touch with the folks who went to Vietnam with me on a medical mission. Then my adult kids actually wanted to be my friend and I can keep up with their lives although they really don't post much. I love seeing photos of what they do.

I'm not a fan of the cute stuff - cat pictures where the cats talk in baby-talk, etc. I think cats would be very offended at that! ;)

The political stuff is hard also, especially if I don't agree with it so I try to ignore that.

I mostly post here at AN.

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kbrn2002 has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Geriatrics.

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I don't believe using Facebook [or any other social networking site] is necessarily wrong. It can be a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family. Just use it responsibly. Do not post about your bad day at work or school, your horrible boss or teacher, and definitely never post about a patient. Also not a good idea to post pictures from the awesome party you went to last night when you should have been at work, or the super cute [but super scanty] outfit your wore last weekend. Last but not least...I really don't need to hear the details of your sex life!

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VickyRN has 16 years experience as a MSN, DNP, RN and specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds.

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I have disabled my FB account and will probably leave it disabled, while I work on my dissertation. Too much drama and too difficult to keep up with 400+ individuals, half of whom I did not know well. I found FB to be incredibly time consuming, emotionally draining, and no real substitute for face-to-face encounters with "real" flesh and blood friends. And, with all the disturbing intrusions into our private lives (e.g., NSA scandal), why put more personal information about yourself out there? Who knows who can ultimately access this information and use it?

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motherof3sons has 22 years experience and specializes in LTC.

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I used to have FB but it sucked me in and drained me of time that could have been used elsewhere, like for my family. My boys(teens) don't have FB accounts but if/when they do I will have one and their passwords.

We just recently had a 15 yo girl killed nearby and it was thru posting/replies thru FB that led her to a dangerous situation and ultimately her death.

As far as I can see not much good does FB do, if people want to be in touch they can call or email me. just my 2 cents

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sharpeimom has 20 years experience and specializes in ortho, hospice volunteer, psych,.

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I have a FB account mostly because it's an easy way to keep up with my family. We're spread out around the country -- as a cousin's eight year old pointed out, "I have cousins in every time zone in America and Canada!" FB makes it simple for those of us with babies and little kids to post and share pictures, sometimes on a daily basis. Between FB and Skype, we get to know all the "little bittys."

 

My husband and I keep up with family, college friends, and I keep up with allnurses friends. If you never post what common sense tells you you shouldn't, you'll be fine.

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mmc51264 has 7 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics.

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I use FB to keep up with people. I am older and I have reconnected with people from my youth, elementary school, different parts of the country that I lived, relatives that live far away. It really works for me. I post nothing about work there, it my personal outlet to get away from work!

To the poster re: texting, my husband and I text each other all the time b/c sometimes it is not convenient to call each other plus we have a child with special needs. I usually keep phone on vibrate in my pocket when we are both at work so we can get a message and then call when it is doable. I used to text my home health boss for the same reasons. If she was in the middle of something or driving, she would call me back. It is sometimes just more efficient.

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Can anyone tell me the point of texting? Why not call the person? In addition, you are creating a digital record of your personal messages. I'm baffled. Old fashioned and out of touch, also, I gather?

Your phone calls are probably monitored as well .... So what if someone reads my texts...I like that I can talk with multiple people at once while watching tv or reading. I like that my time isn't consumed by one person and I "talk" to someone whenever I want. either respond right away or ignore it for awhile.

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HouTx has 35 years experience as a BSN, MSN, EdD and specializes in Critical Care, Education.

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I can see the value of FB for maintaining *genuine* relationships with people who are important to you. But I am really skeezed out by all the *hive* activity that seems to be normal for some folks. Equating happiness to # of FB friends & 24X7 communications with as many people as possible? Using FB as a platform to quasi-fame (notoriety) by publicizing yourself to as many *followers* as possible? I don't understand people who rely on their social network to make decisions for them. Is any of this healthy? What are the long-term effects of this sort of crowd-dependency?

Me? Too much social interaction zaps my energy. I have to have solitude to re-charge. Am I a relic of ancient times or are there younger folks who have this same tendency?

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zoe92 has 2 years experience.

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I have to have solitude to re-charge. Am I a relic of ancient times or are there younger folks who have this same tendency?

This. I am almost 21 years old & I am the exact same way. I cannot be around people all the time. I could spend a day by myself & be perfectly content. I can keep myself entertained.

I am actually considering deleting my facebook because I am in nursing school & FB is such a time stealer for me. I deactivated mine before for a few months & people got so offended, thinking I deleted them.

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MassED has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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Social media has taken a front seat in how people communicate. For younger people, it is one of the main components of effective communication. For older people, it connects you with people that you perhaps have not seen in years, a new friend that you want to get to know better--easy and instant access 24/7/365. People comment. People post. People get offended. How many times have you heard "why didn't you answer my friend request?" "Why can't I see your social media page" "why am I unable to 'follow' you?" If you do not want people to know your personal business, keep it off of social media. Or limit your social media to people that you DO want to know your business. Social media is the information highway on crack.

People know more about you from your social media postings then much else. You are the life of the party, you are always included, you can be reached and reach others at any time. Which can be a big "DANGER" sign to nurses.

As nurses, we are bombarded in the art and science of caring for others. It can be emotionally and physically draining. For a number of nurses, being "on" all the time takes it toll. To balance a personal and work life is paramount to maintaining composure, to focus on other things, to have an alternate life outside of work. Off time is important, and every nurse has to re-generate at one point or another. On a different vein, after hearing patients in the worst times of their lives for a shift, to go home and log on to social media, we have those friends who again we read about how awful their life is. Keep your social media to your funny, engaging, positive friends. That thought process is akin to caller ID. Remember (or some do) when you had to pick up the phone without knowing who was calling? Not many of us had answering machines either, so if you were not home, you missed calls. If you were on the phone, you got a busy signal. Pre-historic times. But gave the ability to be "off" and to be truly "off". Ultimately giving you the control of who you speak to/communicate with and when and how.

When a nurse has developed a theraputic relationship with a patient, sometimes it is seen as a "friendship". We, as nurses, are intimately involved in the care and treatment of our patients, which in some circumstances can be portrayed as a more personal relationship than actually exists. Sometimes comes the question "are you on ________" (

Blurring the lines of what could be thought of as personal and professional is not an easy decision for some to make. And it is not always a patient. Sometimes, co-workers want in on our personal lives as well. All of this makes it difficult for a nurse--who is mindful of tactfully saying and doing things as to not offend to make decisions on who (if anyone) can have a glimpse of our lives outside of work.

Employers or potential employers DO "check" one's social media page. Nurses have been disciplined for pictures, comments, and other inappropriate content (which is so subjective, but never the less) based on, in part, listing one's employer publically. As a good rule of thumb, if you are going to make it know that you are working at XYZ Facility, it would behoove you not to then state "My work stinks".

Regardless if you list your employer on your social media or not, it is never a good idea to share pictures of your work place. Or of you and your patients. Or allow a patient to take your picture. That can be a sticky thing to get out of, however, you should never have a work picture taken that you are not in control of.

Social media is meant to be fun. However, it is also can be a soapbox for those whose intentions are not good ones, are not clear, and just plain spiteful. There are privacy settings. But this is still not a guarantee that you can not control what is being posted on your public forum. So proceed with caution. The best rule of thumb that I have learned is that if you wouldn't admit it to your mother, then don't put it on your social media.

where I work, as I would imagine most places do, has a policy about social media and if you list X place as your place of employment, you are representing that institution, therefore are held to the policies of said institution. That being said, there are people on Facebook who relate patient stories, trauma scenarios that are SPECIFIC, etc. to the point that I deleted my Facebook account completely.

I actually had two accounts, one work and one personal, but neither of which I could justify as having anything positive to offer. Especially the work one. I think any affiliation and personal opinions that are written and forever will stay in internet oblivion is a crazy thing and everyone should fear (or at least reflect on) those repercussions.

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MassED has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER.

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I had facebook, and it can be very consuming! When I went to orientation for nursing school in May, they strongly cautioned us about social media. The school and clinical sites regularly check what the students post - for anything that might be inappropriate (as you said, very subjective), any thing that mentions the school or clinical site, or HIPAA violations.

I decided right then that since I had worked so hard to get into nursing school, I was deleting my facebook account. Anything I say could be used against me. It's just not worth it.

I don't blame the school or clinical sites. They have to guard the privacy of the other students, teachers, and patients.

I don't intend to get facebook back. I'm much happier not knowing what others are up to.

I don't think it's even that, about nursing related anything, it's about posting your ideas or opinions and having the world at large judge you. We should be allowed to exercise our first amendment right to free speech. You see people getting ARRESTED for ridiculous comments that are just that: ridiculous. Not against the law, but our society has become increasingly a police state where our opinions or comments are monitored and we could be arrested for them!! I'm in total shock to how our society is evolving (or devolving).

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