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7 Social Media Posts That Will Destroy Your Nursing Career Before It Begins!

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Michael M. Heuninckx specializes in Emergency Department.

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You just graduated Nursing School and you are wondering why you are not getting any call backs from the jobs you have applied for. When was the last time you checked the content within your social media accounts? What are the chances that your future employer's Human Resources department conducted a Google search of your name? Did you just cringe a little inside? Wondering how you might be portrayed online? In this article, see what employers are looking for and ways to protect your career! You are reading page 2 of 7 Social Media Posts That Will Destroy Your Nursing Career Before It Begins!. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

When was last time you did a Spring cleaning to all of your social media accounts?

  1. 1. When was last time you did a Spring cleaning to all of your social media accounts?

    • I monitor my social media accounts daily
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    • 6 Months Ago
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    • 1 Year ago
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    • 2+ Years Ago
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    • I have never "cleaned up" my social media accounts
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For the most part, in my own opinion, I don't post things that would need to be "cleaned up".

I'm in the midst of pro-vaccine education though and post a lot of that information on my FB.

I have shared a couple of issues and asked for prayer from those who pray. But this is rare because I'm not totally comfortable doing that. Today however, I did post something.

Mostly I use FB for sharing photos with friends and relatives. I have a granddaughter who just moved with her parents half-way across the country but her mom posts photos regularly.

The only other place I really post is here on AN and I have gotten involved in "heated" threads in the political realm at times.

I think "moderation" is the key - if you have social media sites, just be careful.

I also agree with the idea that I'm not my employer's slave.

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

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It's laughable that anyone would not know this. Seriously. It's just such a sad evolution of our society.

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

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I can see being viewed as representing the organization if and only if they are mentioned on the page or in the post. Other than that, I agree- I am on my own when not working. I don't list my work on my Facebook at all, not even my profession, and I still watch what I say.

what is insane about this is that people AFFILIATE themselves with their job and thus are representing that institution. Not only that, PATIENTS can find you - look at your pictures, see what your kids look like.... C R E E P Y! This really should give everyone pause.

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Pitt2Philly has 3 years experience.

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If you're old enough to remember the "scandals" regarding Bill Clinton's alleged affairs and its defense. The defense was along the lines of "what he does in private is his business and it doesn't impact his ability to be president." Apparently the majority of the voting public agreed and he was reelected. Drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana in some states, having an affair, and wearing less than professional attire or no clothes at all is legal. If this standard applied to the president of the United States then why hold a nurse to a higher standard?

What you do in private does reflect on your values, judgement, and ultimately impacts how you deliver care. Humans are incapable of being impartial and can not separate their private values from their public values. We may try and believe otherwise, but it is not possible. Personally, I think what we do in private matters and is relevant, but an employer does not have the right to dictate what you do in private. Which is the key word, private, keep what you do private and you'll never have to worry.

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It is unwise for nursing students -and anyone else - to use their photo as an avatar and then post personal and clinical issues on a public forum such as this one.

Yep. I posted a problem with my clinical and my school found it and debated about kicking me out of school.

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Yes, and please don't do the "I just interviewed with XYZ,PDQ Hospital!! In their ______department!" So then, even when the HR department does a customary sweep of all social media mentioning their hospital name, it is a direct line to your page!

And once getting a position, refrain from "adding" them as your place of employment. Ever. Because then things can be twisted into what you write becomes "attached" to their name.

Finally, don't ever start checking social media on the facility computer. Nor your private email. Leaves a footprint. Along with going onto their wifi on your device. Again, everything can be tracked, and usually is...

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Overland1 has 22 years experience as a RN.

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It's laughable that anyone would not know this. Seriously. It's just such a sad evolution of our society.

Exactly. Expecting proper grammar in "social media" posting may not be an achievable goal. We have all seen "Internet spelling and grammar" in patient notes and other documentation, as well as in resumes and employment applications.

And yes... frequent use of the F-bomb and its equivalents will probably destroy any chances of being hired.

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Exactly. Expecting proper grammar in "social media" posting may not be an achievable goal. We have all seen "Internet spelling and grammar" in patient notes and other documentation, as well as in resumes and employment applications.

And yes... frequent use of the F-bomb and its equivalents will probably destroy any chances of being hired.

That is so timely . . . . .I just came across this on a FB post about Nurses Week. Don't use "text speak" as well folks! :sarcastic:

U all know I sign onto that sentiment! Thank U cuz 4 All U do & R & the rest of Us 2!!!

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NurseGirl525 is a ASN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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I guess I thought this was all common sense but maybe not. People post on Facebook about doing illegal things? I guess I'm super naive. My Facebook has been whittled down to just my family and nothing else. My family lives far away and we were all very close growing up so I like to see pics of their kids and how they are doing in general. And that is pretty much all I use it for.

Maybe high schools should start having a class on common sense and how to behave appropriately in the world so when they graduate, they don't find themselves in a world of hurt.

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jaycam has 2 years experience as a RN.

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Never under estimate the power of a reputation management service. I use one that alerts me when information about me becomes public. Some of the very basic ones are free and work for most people. I just use it to make sure that Facebook hasn't changed their rules again accidentally leaving my profile open to the public. I also keep my profile locked down.

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verene specializes in mental health, hospice.

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Thanks for the reminder to do a clean-up and run a search on myself. I'm pretty careful with what I post and check my privacy settings every couple of months. Still in just checking now, I found that some one had stolen an old profile pic on facebook and set up a scam account as me - I've reported it. Everything else that comes up is both minimal and positive. (e.g. linkedin account and citation of providing source material for a reference book).

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How about deactivating your accounts when looking for jobs or making your posts private/ for friends only. Also don't accept friend requests from coworkers,managers,etc.

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