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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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Can employers check social media before hiring?

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 8 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?

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Michael M. Heuninckx specializes in Emergency Department.

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CraigB-RN said:
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.

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

From first hand experience, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge by interacting with other healthcare professionals on social media. Given all of the negatives that have been pointed out in the article, and in this forum, lets not forget about all of the benefits as well.

Michael M. Heuninckx RN-BSN

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OrganizedChaos has 10 years experience as a LVN and specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab.

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Well I am not about to reactivate my Facebook, Twitter or Linked In profile any time soon. In fact, I never used my Twitter or Linked In profiles. I'm happier without any social media foot print. I'm sure it helps some people but I never got a job through Facebook/Twitter/Linked In. I don't know anyone in my area who has.

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

Spidey's mom, I wish we were FB friends so I could share all your pro-vaccine information for my sister-in-law to see! She is against vaccines as she believes they cause autism and that an old bleed my nephew had in his brain was caused by them (no doctor actually confirmed that's what this even is as far as I know). She drives me nuts with the things she comes out with and how she's completely right in what she knows (according to her at least). /headdesk

I hate social media with a burning passion because people just seem to lose what little common sense they may have had when they use it. I only have FB really (and my account here), but I'm about to delete the FB because people just make such ignorant posts that I have a hard time refraining from responding to them in ways the poster would not appreciate at all. ^_^

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MassED said:
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.

Good point. That's my greatest concern in the long run. One of my sister's colleagues was pulling up into her driveway one evening only to find one of her Psych pt's lurking around in her garage.. thankfully it ended well. How did that pt know where she lived is beyond me... Nothing is ever 100% private online no matter what settings you use there are way to get around it. Just be careful with what you share.

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For me this raises the issue of - does how we live and behave outside of work affect the quality of our work? From my experience this is a definite yes and it appears that employers feel the same. If know that if I use drugs, drink, swear etc it all affects how I turn up for work. I used to imagine I could compartmentalise my life but it is all one bi package. This is more than just being caught or not getting a job, it is being the healthy role models our patients so desperately need.

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NicuGal has 30 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU.

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What it boils down to is this: be smart on social media. Don't post stupid crap and have you page open and list where you work or the school you go to. Yes, hospitals have bots that scan the internet for mention of them, they like to see what the public is saying about them. Unfortunately it may pick up your rant about how much you hate your co-worker and the place is a cluster you-know-what to work for. Bad news for you. Check and see if your hospital has a social media policy, we have one, and it is pretty explicit in that you need to play nice on social media.

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Social media is simply a tool. As the article says how we use it is the key. I use social media regularly, to stay in touch with friends and family near and far, but to connect with people I may not ordinarily know and share things that I am passionate about. Social media can be used very wisely and in doing so it's loads of fun.

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Saiderap has 25 years experience and specializes in retired from healthcare.

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My social media accounts contain NO information about my patients or work places.

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icuRNmaggie has 24 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in MICU, SICU, CICU.

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About eight years ago, I worked with a newer ICU nurse who wrote something on her private Facebook account, with no identifiers, about having her first balloon pump patient.

Her Facebook friends, two CNAs, reported that post to administration and to anyone else who would listen. The nurse was suspended pending an investigation but did manage to keep her job.

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I have a FB for keeping in touch with family and one specifically for work and school. There is nothing on my work / school FB that can't be shared in a court of law / with my mother. I personally like it because it means I have a FB presence if you're looking for me but it's designed to be watched with the shrewdest of eyes.

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Just found out one of pt's family members looked up all the nurses the pt has online and what is scary is you can find most of them on Facebook and even home address online. Just FYI family member doesn't seem to be a creeper he was just curious about who he could find. The fact that he found me on Facebook didn't bother me what bothered me was that you could find out my address by just looking up my name and it was on white pages website...

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jaycam has 2 years experience as a RN.

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Before I went back to school, I worked in public records aggregation. It is so easy to find people who don't know.

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