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

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Michael M. Heuninckx works as a Registered Nurse.

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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 7 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.

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BloomNurseRN has 5 years experience and works as a Endoscopy RN.

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You said "So why is so much emphasis put on social media when there are other ways? Especially since social media is such a poor descriptor of the person." I was just giving you an article with information.

There are other ways but interviews are limited. 30-60 minutes (if you're lucky) with someone is a snapshot and these days people want to take advantage of being able to learn more about candidates than the brief information the interview can offer. Social media is a way to do that so people will use it.

I know when I was a hiring manager and had what seemed like a great entry level 18 or 19-year-old job candidate, I headed over to Facebook. Seeing her proudly displaying pictures of her drinking beer underage made us reconsider whether someone that would do this would be the person we wanted in that position.

I can't say I would consider not having social media a bad thing but it might strike me as a bit odd given the Information Age we live in.

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OrganizedChaos has 10 years experience and works as a LVN.

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You said "So why is so much emphasis put on social media when there are other ways? Especially since social media is such a poor descriptor of the person." I was just giving you an article with information.

There are other ways but interviews are limited. 30-60 minutes (if you're lucky) with someone is a snapshot and these days people want to take advantage of being able to learn more about candidates than the brief information the interview can offer. Social media is a way to do that so people will use it.

I know when I was a hiring manager and had what seemed like a great entry level 18 or 19-year-old job candidate, I headed over to Facebook. Seeing her proudly displaying pictures of her drinking beer underage made us reconsider whether someone that would do this would be the person we wanted in that position.

I can't say I would consider not having social media a bad thing but it might strike me as a bit odd given the Information Age we live in.

Well I kept coming across a quote from one person who said not having a social media site likened you to a psychopath, it's a bit much. People have different reasons to have or not have social media pages. Yes it is the Information Age but sometimes it's better to not have all that information about a person out there. If you are really interested in me talk to me, don't Google me.

If you want to know if someone is social ask if they have friends or go out. How is having a social media site actually social? It's glorified spying & bragging. You sit, staring at your computer/phone waiting for updates. Doesn't sound too social to me.

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LittleCandles works as a LPN Charge Nurse.

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Actually, experience has a lot to do with interviews, don't you think? I have learned a lot about how to interview & interview a lot better than how I did when I was 18 & when I first graduated from my LVN program. Also, someone who has worked as a nurse for say 15 years & has experience as a hiring manger knows what to do on a interview, so don't you think experience counts?

I don't like it & it also can be be wrong. Once again, I bring up the point that, anything that goes on outside of work is my business. I don't see how having a social media site makes you look "tech savvy" or "sociable". They are other ways to see if one is sociable or tech savvy. Such as administering computer tests. It is simple to see during an interview if someone is sociable. If someone is chatty, sociable. If the interviewee doesn't want to talk much & keeps to him/herself, social hermit.

So why is so much emphasis put on social media when there are other ways? Especially since social media is such a poor descriptor of the person.

If you don't want to continue "arguing" then you don't have to keep responding.

I'm not arguing I was answering the question. Also, of course experience does have a lot to do with hiring and interviews. However the experence comment had nothing to do with what the social media comments we were talking about. It was a poor attempt to slap me in the face that they have more experence as a nurse then me. Again- nothing to do with social media and interviews.

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LittleCandles works as a LPN Charge Nurse.

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Well I kept coming across a quote from one person who said not having a social media site likened you to a psychopath, it's a bit much. People have different reasons to have or not have social media pages. Yes it is the Information Age but sometimes it's better to not have all that information about a person out there. If you are really interested in me talk to me, don't Google me.

If you want to know if someone is social ask if they have friends or go out. How is having a social media site actually social? It's glorified spying & bragging. You sit, staring at your computer/phone waiting for updates. Doesn't sound too social to me.

Nobody said you would be a psychopath. What in the what? Don't put words in my mouth.

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OrganizedChaos has 10 years experience and works as a LVN.

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Nobody said you would be a psychopath. What in the what? Don't put words in my mouth.

I'm not arguing I was answering the question. Also, of course experience does have a lot to do with hiring and interviews. However the experence comment had nothing to do with what the social media comments we were talking about. It was a poor attempt to slap me in the face that they have more experence as a nurse then me. Again- nothing to do with social media and interviews.

I never said you did. Re-read my post.

I wasn't trying to "slap you in the face". Having more experience as a nurse does help in interviews, you just said so & that's what I meant. I have been on numerous interviews & held many jobs. So one would assume a nurse with more experience would interview better & know the process better than a newer nurse. And you said you didn't want to "argue" any more.

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LittleCandles works as a LPN Charge Nurse.

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But we are not talking about experence, we are talking about social media and their effects on getting you hired or not hired.

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OrganizedChaos has 10 years experience and works as a LVN.

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But we are not talking about experence, we are talking about social media and their effects on getting you hired or not hired.

But experience helps, but if you don't want to acknowledge that...ok.

I think you're missing what I'm saying too. Experience comes into play with the social media & interview aspect.

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klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Director of OB Services.

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I can't say I would consider not having social media a bad thing but it might strike me as a bit odd given the Information Age we live in.

I disagree. More and more people are eschewing social media. The only social media site I've ever participated in, Facebook, I closed my account over a year ago and my life has been richer for doing so.

More Than 11 Million Young People Have Fled Facebook Since 2011 | TIME.com

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Angeljho is a MSN, NP and works as a Psych Nurse Practitioner.

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The only social media that I know can help you professionally is LinkedIn. Facebook and MySpace are NOT professional social media sites and have no reason being brought up in an interview. I don't see how having a Facebook page would give me an "edge" over others who are going for the same job. Yes, I know employers might look up a Facebook as part of their unofficial background checks, or whatever. But if an employer requires me to have a Facebook so I can look more sociable, I find that an invasion of privacy.

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PacoUSA has 7 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a PCU Nurse.

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But what if you use a pen name on Facebook and use a different email to login than the one you use for work? Couldn't that potentially hide you from employers?

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Angeljho is a MSN, NP and works as a Psych Nurse Practitioner.

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But what if you use a pen name on Facebook and use a different email to login than the one you use for work? Couldn't that potentially hide you from employers?

Yes, along with making your page private and not putting your face as the profile picture.

But still be cautious because there are still ways an employer can find you. Let's say your friends on Facebook with "Jim" who has a public page. He mentions your real name in a comment on a post and you respond. When employers look up your name, his profile might come up and the link may lead to that direct comment; and voila, an employer has found you.

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CraigB-RN has 40 years experience and works as a ER, Education, informatics..

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Actually Social Media can help you.

For example, Pretty much all of my professional organizations have face book presence.

Twitter can be a way to communicate and network with nurses and health care providers from all around the world and help keep current on medical and nursing practice.

The key is to use it responsibly. It's a bit naïve to expect that they won't figure out who you are if you don't use your name. It's not uncommon to hear of people who have been found out.

When I've been looking to hire people, I've looked at online presence. I've not hired people because of it, but I've also hired people. The last nurse I hired had a thoughtful discourse on her growth as a while in nursing school. The one that had nothing but pictures of her drunk with friends, well lets just say she didn't get a call back.

So to me social media isn't bad or good, it's a tool and it's how you use it.

Sites like Pintrest and YouTube have TONS of medical and nursing education content.

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