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  1. Nurse Beth

    Social Media and Emotional IQ

    I follow some folks on social media who I keep on a "never miss their posts" list because they are well spoken and challenge me to be a better communicator. There are some posters here on AN who always add value, wisdom, and good thoughts to the discussion and I love to read their posts and learn from them. It's also not unheard of to witness cat fights among nurses on social media, which makes a lot of us cringe. Plenty of people are watching to see how we nurses conduct ourselves. In social media, we really are on a stage with millions of viewers in the audience. Some of those viewers are impressionable students who are looking at us, the professionals...to see if we truly are professional. To see if we walk the walk and talk the talk. Here are some guidelines I follow for social media behavior. Use Other Words Moms tell their little ones "Use your words!" and it actually applies pretty well to us grown-ups as well. It's mental work to come up with and use more descriptive words. I challenge myself to collect more words and build up my vocabulary. Instead of "that's awesome" I try to say exactly how it was awesome. Maybe it was inspiring, or thought-provoking, or clever. Likewise, instead of "it was a crappy shift" or "my supervisor was awful" I'd say "my supervisor was insensitive (or arrogant, or demeaning)" and "the admissions were non-stop and I had 2 RRTs". Articulate It generally takes longer to clearly articulate my thoughts and feelings than it does to be knee-jerk sarcastic or to indulge in a put-down. For example, instead of saying"you idiot" on social media, try to stop and think "What do I really mean? What am I feeling?" Maybe you think the person doesn't know what they're talking about, doesn't represent the facts correctly, or is wrong. Instead, you could ask, "Interesting, can you share your sources?" or "Can you help me understand your rationale?" or "That's interesting, can you explain that a little more?" Use I Statements Avoid provoking others to anger or defensiveness. Try using "I" instead of "You" statements. Instead of saying "You aren't making any sense" say "I'm having a hard time following you from point A to Point B." Agree to Disagree If you don't agree, say you disagree but avoid name-calling or put-downs. If you are feeling angry, just take a deep breath and wait before you hit "send". Maybe even Walk Away from the Keyboard until you cool off. Nothing on social media is an emergency that demands an immediate response. Take the time to prepare and express your point of view in a well thought-out and respectful adult manner. Acknowledge Others' Feelings When someone else is venting you can acknowledge the frustrated or hurt part of them without dismissing them altogether or responding in kind. "That must be frustrating for you." They are probably communicating in the best way they know how, which, even if inappropriate, doesn't mean their feelings are not valid. It's easy to depersonalize the person on the other end of the text on your screen. But they are real, and they have family, friends, and feelings...just like you. You never how unkind and judgmental words will affect another person. They may be timid to venture onto social media again. Maybe the person is not a nurse, and now they think "Wow, that 'eat your young' thing must be true!" Respond to what they feel as best you can without, trying always to build each other up, and not to tear each other down. Beware the Temptations of Anonymity In social media, it's tempting to shoot from the hip, especially when writing behind an anonymous handle. Anonymity lets you sink quickly to your lowest self. It reminds me of my little brother, Robin. Whenever he got in trouble as a small boy, he would deny it and say "Bad Randy did it." He thought we wouldn't find out- just like anonymous people think their online persona is not discoverable. It may be. Write as if you are not anonymous to hold yourself accountable, or write as if your mother or grandmother is going to read your words. Your thoughts? And I know you'll tell me nicely if you disagree lol Best, Nurse Beth
  2. It seems everyone is on social media these days. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat are just a few of the many social media platforms out there. Almost everyone uses these for social connection. But, what about as a professional? Should you be on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network? The simple and resounding answer is, "Yes". Many nurses believe that you only need to be active on LinkedIn if you are looking for new opportunities. I used to believe this myself. Now, I spend a few minutes on LinkedIn everyday and have found far more than opportunities. I have found friends, new colleagues, and business ventures. Sounds great, right? Well, let's dig in to 6 reasons you need a LinkedIn profile. Putting a Face to a Name I am a visual person. When I hear about an interesting person I want to know more about, I go searching. LinkedIn allows you to put your smiling face on your profile. This is the first thing people see just before reading all about the many professional skills you possess. While we are on the subject of name, be sure to include all of your credentials after your last name. This puts your credentials at the top of your profile and frees up space to put more detail in your headline. Create a Headline Just below your picture is a great space to write your headline. This can change as often as you want. You create your own tagline. Think commercial jingle for your own nursing brand. Many nurses write their title and maybe a specialty, such as Home Health Nurse. But, there is so much more about you that can go in this space. Think of 3 things about yourself that compliment your identity as a nurse. Put those in that space divided by a line. For example, my profile is set up like this: Freelance Healthcare Writer| Career Coach |Nurse Consultant This focuses on who I am as a professional and the skills I possess. Others can easily know what makes me tick and identify skills I possess that they may need when looking for new staff members or business partners. Easy Searchability LinkedIn is a great search engine. You can search by job title, credentials, or any other keywords that might interest you. Be sure to use keywords about yourself that are searchable. This includes your title, credentials, niche, or other skills that are needed in the professional world. If you are great with organizational skills, productivity, leadership, or writing, use these words and others throughout your profile and when creating posts. If you create a post that is specific to a niche, use keywords and hashtags. For example, if you are posting nursing information, use #nursing. This helps others find your content easily. Start Networking LinkedIn allows you to network at work, after work, and any time. You can connect with others in your niche or a new niche you are considering. You can find business partners or even your biggest competitors. It gives you a world of helpful information when looking for new endeavors or maintaining your lionshare of success. Create Credibility There is something about searching for someone online and finding information with ease that offers a level of credibility. LinkedIn provides you with your own url. This means that if someone puts your name into search engine and you have a LinkedIn profile, they are likely to find you quickly. Keep Up with the Professional World LinkedIn is a great place to keep up with the ever-changing healthcare industry. You can easily search for content that has to do with your niche. Try this tip to get the latest info: In the search box at the top of the page, type in keywords about the content you want to search. For example, if you want to learn more about MACRA, enter that into the search box. You can also use hashtags when searching, such as #nursingjobs. Just below the search box is a toolbar designed to help you search different categories, such as people, jobs, content, and more. Click on the word "content". Scroll through the information that comes up in the search. It sorts by relevance as a default setting. If you want to look at the latest information, click on the down arrow at the top of the feed and change to "latest" to see the most recent posts. This will also help you find groups that you can request to join in your specific niche. Groups may be closed, meaning that the person running the group can approve or deny your request to join. These groups can offer invaluable information about the current status of the healthcare industry. LinkedIn is a great tool and community. You can meet others, find information and create relationships that could provide you with opportunities long before you actually need them. Do you have certain questions about setting up your LinkedIn profile? Have you had success with using LinkedIn to find new opportunities? We would love to hear your stories and questions. Get the conversation started by posting in the comments. Get Linked: 6 Reasons Nurses Need a LinkedIn Profile
  3. So, I first had to look up "doxxing" which is to publicly identify or publish private information about (someone) especially as a form of punishment or revenge. This recently came up when I read about Joshua Strickland, an RN in Louisianna who posted a selfie at the end of his first day on a new job in which he BLURRED out parts of his name tag. He vaguely mentioned a comment from a patient he had cared for that day without revealing any identifying information. He posted it to a FB group and it went viral as so many nurses could identify with his sentiment. However, out of the thousands of supportive comments he received there was someone who felt a need to report it. So, they utilized technology to "unblur" his name tag and then reported it to his hospital. He was fired and is currently unemployed. So....what are your thoughts on this? Is it okay to post selfies regarding work situations? How about the person who reported it? Do you know your facility policy?
  4. jadelpn

    Social Media And You

    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 therapeutic 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 ________" (insert choice of social media here). 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 publicly. 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.
  5. traumaRUs

    Notes from an Entrepreneur

    Denetra Hampton, MHSA, BSN, RN is a nursing entrepreneur who has built an educational empire consisting of a start-up that focuses on bridging the gap between nursing education and technology. She has also developed a digital magazine as well as a nursing leadership initiative. She is currently the producer of an upcoming Mini-documentary, THE BLACK ANGELS, the untold story of African American nurses who risked their lives to care for patients with tuberculosis, when there was no cure. She is an author, and 22-year USN veteran with multiple nursing experiences under her belt. With over 18K followers in her nurse entrepreneur group on LinkedIn, she is a social media presence. allnurses.com was able to interview her recently about hot topics in nursing social media and she provided some tips for potential entrepreneurs. Health disparity is a hot topic today among healthcare staff on social media. What do you view as the biggest factor? Health disparities have been around since the beginning of our healthcare system, and the fact that we see it as a HOT TOPIC is one of the biggest factors to a continued widening gap. Health disparities are rampant simply because of a lack of diversity. And because of our changing demographics, the hand of healthcare has been forced to implement strategies in areas they otherwise have neglected. We have many disenfranchised in the US: minorities, LGBTQ community, prisoners and those recently released as the poor in general. What suggestions do you have to help them access health care? Gaining entry into our healthcare system should be the ultimate goal of any healthcare facility. Fundamental access or not will set the pace for future patient encounters. And unfortunately, basic access is not a reality across the board of our America. Of course patients in rural and underserved areas are more likely to struggle with access to care, and because of this, we have to create community pipelines that are in their favor. It is important that any strategy that is implemented to empower others focuses on the community and their education. Trust in your healthcare team and the ability to KNOW that you will get good care and have your wishes respected is a hallmark of a good patient/provider relationship. Do you have any tips on how to establish trust? Trust starts with self, it does not start with the patient. Any and all vibes are created by the provider, nurse or any other clinician. This is why it is important that we have the right people in place who have a clear vision about patient engagement, diversity and community work relations. Healthcare has a long tradition of doing things the way it has always been done. However, we are in a new era where just because you have been doing something for 20 years, does not mean you have been doing it right. And furthermore, it may just not work anymore. This is something we have to be more open to, if we are going to empower trust on any level. And shifting gears here: You have been an entrepreneur for several years. Many of our nurses are looking to expand their expertise into different more non-traditional nursing venues. What is the piece of advice that you could give them that would promise success? My #1 advice is PURPOSE over PROFIT. I have found in my journey, that most nurses believe that they can do what another nurse is doing business-wise, simply because they are a nurse. This is false. And when a nurse follows down a path of another because they see success, they may find themselves in a hole they can't come back from. So, I always tell nurses to find your own purpose or craft and master it. Be consistent and be authentic. Let your work lead the way. What do you think are the up and coming business ventures for nurses? Nurses have many pathways to a successful business. But true entrepreneurs solve problems. And they solve them for people. So, the creators, the innovators and the risk takers are going to be the winners of tomorrow and future generations. It is important to create a platform that socially impacts another. Social media impacts nursing in a variety of ways. Its especially important for entrepreneurs as many aspects of developing a side career involve social media. Thank you Ms Hampton.
  6. After nursing school your options are limited on ways to expand your nursing education. You either: go back to school, gain certifications, read a journal, attend a conference or rely on your department to add to your nursing knowledge. All of the above are good options, but they have some downfalls. They require: more money spent on graduate school or journal subscriptions, extra trips to the hospital on your day off, travel out of state or across the state to get to a conference that seems interesting to you and the all day or multiple day requirements of certification classes and conferences. Not so appealing, right? What if I told you that you could expand your medical and nursing knowledge by just logging on to the Internet? Would you believe me if I also told you that this education was free? Also, that this education was brought to you directly from your peers and colleagues? If you are as intrigued by this as I was when I first heard of this, let me tell you that you are in for a treat. This is a movement that is currently happening on the Internet called FOAM. FOAM stands for, Free Open Access Meducation; Medical education for anyone, anywhere, anytime.1 This form of education can be delivered over various numbers of online formats. Those formats range from but are not limited to: podcasts, blogs and Twitter. Personally, I gain the most from using my personal Twitter account. I follow different medical professionals that directly discuss issues that I am interested in. Then if I like a discussion or conversation, I will click on the link that goes into further detail surrounding the topic or story. What I love about the FOAM Movement is best summed up by this quote: I truly am fascinated and impressed by what has become of the FOAM Movement, and how it has improved the quality of care that I am able to deliver to my patients. Technology has made it possible for healthcare professionals around the world to all interact, exchange ideas and learn from one another. I feel as if I work at the finest hospital in the world, one that is forward thinking and a place where all of my colleagues are just as passionate about patient care as I am. A place where it is not competitive, but all about the end goal and that end goal is centered around improving the care we are able to deliver to our patients. Now that you are at the edge of your seat with excitement and ready to dive in, let me get you started. First, I would suggest signing up for a Twitter account. After this, search for the hashtags: #FOAM, #FOAMed or #FOANed (The "N" just replaces the medical "M" for nursing, which will just focus your search). This will result in a ton of material that you can get your feet wet with. Then, as you like what another person on Twitter is tweeting about, follow them and also take a look at who they are following. This will then build up your news feed with a ton of new information every day. Another way would be to search the above hashtags in Google as well. A benefit to using Google is that you would be able to add in more words to your search. For example type into Google, "#FOANed emergency nursing" or "#FOANed nursing school". As much as I am able to go on and on about all of the benefits of the FOAM Movement, I will add a disclaimer. User beware, the Internet is the Internet and just because the information is being identified in some way a "FOAM", please consider the source and do your own research. This will safeguard your practice and validate the educational material that was posted. By sharing this within the post, you will not only be adding value to the material, you will also be giving credibility to the person who originally posted the educational material. With that being said, have fun with FOAM and get involved today. The sky is the limit for how FOAM, #FOAMed and #FOANed could impact your nursing career. I encourage all nurses to create a twitter account and become part of this exciting new way to continuously be building on your nursing knowledge, all in the comfort of your own home. To learn more about the history of the #FOAMed Movement watch the video below: [video=youtube_share;eWBnq-Mgvvs] Reference 1.) FOAM / FOAMed - Free Open Access Medical Education
  7. TheCommuter

    Be Careful When Posting

    As many of you are already aware, allnurses.com is the largest online nursing community on the world wide web and one of the most commonly visited professional social networks in existence today. The variety of forums, sheer number of wonderful members, supportive atmosphere, and constant exchange of information all contribute to making this website a fantastic virtual place for spending one's free time. Personally, I became a member more than seven years ago while I was a student at a school of vocational nursing (LVN). As I have grown professionally and personally in the nursing field, allnurses.com has been right there with me. During my tenure here, I have completed an LVN program, graduated from an RN bridge program, and worked as a nurse for more than six years. I am still amazed at the fact that I continue to learn new tidbits on an almost daily basis while browsing these informative forums. This message is a friendly, heartfelt reminder to exercise the utmost caution when posting personal information about you, your school, classmates, instructors, coworkers, and place of employment. After all, allnurses.com is the largest online community of nurses and nursing students, and clever readers are more than capable of putting two and two together to come up with you. Even if you have not posted the name of your school, your workplace's name, or your exact geographic location, some inquisitive people have been able to read the very detailed posts and figure out that the member is someone with whom they are acquainted 'in real life.' In fact, this scenario has played out on more than one occasion. While these forums are generally safe to vent and release some steam, think twice before insulting your professors or posting too much information about the patients and families that you encounter during your clinical rotations. Tread carefully when posting vivid details about the annoying classmate or the critical coworker. Exercise some caution when criticizing your nursing program. You absolutely do not want any posted material to come back and haunt you at a later date. In summary, be careful when posting. Continue to enjoy the multiple forums, fellow members, continual flow of information, and abundant resources that make allnurses.com the biggest and best online nursing community on the internet today. After all, this website would not be the same without your great posts, opinions, contributions, viewpoints, and discourse. I know that I speak for others when I say that we love having you all here. You, the readers, are the reason that allnurses.com rocks!
  8. Nurse Beth

    Don't Risk Your Job Over Social Media

    Social media The use of social media and other electronic communication is expanding exponentially; today's generation of nurses grew up in a social media milieu. Social media provides wonderful online communities for nurses to post and interact. I myself have met amazing colleagues on Twitter I would not have otherwise met. I've been on Twitter as @bhawkesrn since 2009 and thankfully never violated HIPAA or posted an over-the-top rant. Thankfully because social media is far-reaching and nothing can be easily and permanently deleted once posted. Poor Judgement Lindsay posted a picture of herself on Facebook at a party showing a lot of side boobage. It was shocking and hard to reconcile the image of her as a responsible nurse in scrubs with a blatantly sexy picture. Of all the hundreds of images she posted, this may have been most memorable. She took it down, it stayed up only 24 hours, but the damage was done. It's not that it wasn't attractive, it's poor judgment. Sheila posted in a large Facebook group that she was looking for a job... because her nurse manager played favorites...unfortunately her nurse manager was tipped off by someone in the same group. It can blur the lines and pose a risk when you friend your boss on Facebook. I'll never forget an ED nurse I knew personally who took a picture of a tattoo located on a patient's genitalia- what was she thinking? "I'll never see something like this again, I have to get a picture and show my friends"? To make it even worse, there were four other employees in the group and no one said anything. Until later, when one nurse was bothered by the incident and spoke up. She reported it to the manager, and of course, the nurse was fired. My heart goes out to this patient who trusted himself in our care and was taken advantage of. Katie Duke, a popular nurselebrity, starred in a medical reality TV show a few years back, ABC's New York Med. As a nurse in the ED, she dealt with trauma and death every day. One day she posted an image on Instagram of a room after a code in a trauma room. A man had been hit by a train and had been treated in this room. If you've ever been in a code, you can picture the scene. The gurney is gone, leaving a clean floor space in the center of the chaos. The room looks as if a bomb went off, with paper wrappings thrown on the floor, discarded supplies, maybe a bloody sheet...you get the idea. It was an evocative picture but did not reveal any patient information of any sort. Even though she did not violate any HIPAA laws, she was fired that same day from New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she had worked for seven years, being insensitive. Katie claims that the image was taken by a doctor, although shared by her, but that the doctor was not reprimanded. I'm sure she suffered a lot afterward and regretted her choice. Other examples include nurses posting X-rays on Facebook, employees taking shots of residents in nursing homes, and posting without consent. Sometimes an employee will only receive a warning at work but typically these violations are not taken lightly, and the current trend is to be terminated. Impulse and Anonymous Posts Impulsive posts, venting, inappropriate humor...we see it all the time on social media. Remember humor doesn't always translate well in text and can backfire. I have been on social media for many years, but never as anonymous. It was a boundary that kept me in check especially when I wanted to vent, and it prevented me from using bad language or making other poor choices. My rule is to only post whatever I'd be OK with my mother reading and seeing. If I hadn't done that, I could easily have sabotaged my own career down the road. I would not have been able to become a nurse author and write a book, I'm sure. HIPAA As professionals, we must never breach hospital policy or violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a law known as HIPAA, that protects patient privacy. Most facilities have social media and patient privacy policies in place- be sure and read yours. ANA The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) posted a joint statement on professional responsibility in social media. have mutually endorsed each organization's guidelines for upholding professional boundaries in a social networking environment. According to NCSBN Board of Directors President Myra A. Broadway, JD, MS, RN: "Nurses must recognize that it is paramount that they maintain patient privacy and confidentiality at all times, regardless of the mechanism that is being used to transmit the message, be it social networking or a simple conversation. As licensed professionals, they are legally bound to maintain the appropriate boundaries and treat patients with dignity and respect," Consequences Inappropriate posts on social media can get you kicked out of nursing school, fired, or not hired at all. If you think only your "friends" see your postings, remember that curious hiring managers can simply google your name and check your online presence and postings with little effort. Protect your online presence and if you question whether you should post something- you probably shouldn't.
  9. madwife2002

    Me, myself and Facebook

    It appears our new life is now being controlled by this new phenomenon which had dragged many people into the 21st Century it can be fun, exciting and enables us to catch up with friends and family we may have lost touch with over the years. If you haven't been exposed to Facebook then you are probably dead or deep in a coma, and everybody has an opinion on it. Businesses are thriving from advertising on facebooks, hundreds of jobs are being generated from it, On the other hand it can be a very dangerous tool which is causing world wide discussions, new policies are being written and developed daily by companies to protect their workplace. Everyday we hear about problems being caused by this seemingly innocent pastime. Employees are being fired for discussing work, or playing on there when they are off sick and somebody has seen the time and date you were on line. Nurses are often in the spotlight because of confidentiality and the vulnerable nature of their job. Some people/patients believe that we 'the nurse' are their friends because of the care we give them during their sickness, they always remember our names when they meet us outside the hospital but how many of us remember our patients names? In reality we are not their friends, it is our job to be kind and caring and to know everything about that patient in order to decide how best to serve them. We know their name, their age, their family members, their illnesses past and present, their job and job status, who lives with them, how many kids they have the list is endless. They share so much information with us, and to show we are interested and care we remember during their hospital stay to ask after their spouses and children each new day we look after them. So it is no wonder the line between us becomes smudged, of course we are just in the process of making the patient feel at home, to relax so that the quality of care is excellent and as we move on from room to room we hope we are doing a good job, but for some patients it must be difficult to understand or comprehend that once we leave work and go home, we leave the pts behind us, and we go on with 'normal' life. Now we have a new concern patients want to befriend us on facebook. I for one couldnt count how many patients I have looked after in 20yrs, imagine if every other pt wanted to be my friend on Facebook-well I am just laughing out loud at the thought of it. Over the years I have met many wonderful people/patients, some who will be embedded in my memory forever, a lot who I thrust out of my mind as soon as possible and some whom I love to dread should I ever see again in my lifetime. Here on allnurses there are heated debates concerned with such topics as "Facebook at work" "Do you add patients as your Facebook Friend" It is an ethical and moral dilemma that should be easy to answer 'NO' you should never add a patient as a friend on facebook but like most ethical and moral dilemma;s there is never an easy answer is there? I looked after a pt back in England for a year he had 'locked in syndrome' and eventually learned to communicate by computer he was a young patient in his early 40's. When I moved to the USA he asked me to email him which I did and still do 5 years on. It has been a very innocent relationship, he is housebound, wheelchair bound and socially isolated by his illness, his only pleasure is his computer and I have noticed recently that the emails are few and far between. I would probably not kept in touch had I lived back in the UK but felt safe being 3000 miles away and knowing his condition. I will never regret this relationship but I doubt I would have him as a facebook friend as to enjoy the site you have to have total freedom in what you communicate as it is totally open to the world. I read on a thread today that a nurse communicated with her friend on Fb and a pt she had recently looked after was also friendly with the same friend, this pt then made a comment back to the nurse via the mutual friends page! I found this to be a little scary, we do not realize what a small world we live in. Another friend of mine a Doctor back in the UK recently told me of something which happened to him on FB his great grandfather translated passages from the Koran and he photographed the pages to show how beautiful the writing was. This was accessed by somebody via a friend via another friend and he was subjected to racial abuse. I then went on and checked my privacy status and found my photo albums were open to everybody on facebook and I had to go in and edit each and every photo-it was not obvious by just checking the privacy you had to go into the albums themselves. I don't know about you but I don't want my patients or my employers to view my photo's on facebook most of them are of myself, my family and friends enjoying themselves, some with drink in hand LOL. A lot of photo's are not work suitable, especially when you do education re dieting, alcohol use, smoking cessation, limitation of exposure to sun. A lot of photos contain pictures of people indulging themselves in activities you frown on in your professional life but it real life these are the photo's you love to share. I have hundreds of fun in the sun photo's, beer in the bbq, funny photos of people falling over and everybody laughing the list is endless isn't it. But we wouldn't want our pts to disrespect us because of our home life, would we. I think facebook is fun but it is about my personal life I want to keep it that way and I don't want to share it with my patients.
  10. Nurses Service Org

    Social Media Etiquette for Nursing Professionals

    An ER nurse has a rough day at work. When she gets home she vents on Facebook about her exhausting shift, about the drug addict that staggered in, about the drunk that urinated on himself in the waiting area, and how irritable each of her patients were that day. Harmless, right? She didn't mention any names. Didn't post any pictures. And yet, a 'friend' of the nurse who was angry at her, decided to file a complaint with her state board of nursing alleging "unprofessional conduct." Though this is a hypothetical situation, the end result is fairly common. If the nurse does not have her own professional liability insurance, she may not be able to afford a lawyer. And though she probably does not feel she did anything wrong, she could end up plea bargaining with the board and taking a year of probation. Probation appears on your record and can have adverse effects when you apply for a job. What to Avoid When Posting Many of us use social media daily to share our lives with friends, colleagues and family. Unfortunately, there are associated risks, particularly for nurses, who are held to a high standard by their state boards. Two areas of risk include: Unprofessional behavior Examples include posting photos or comments about alcohol or drug use; profane, sexually explicit, or racially derogatory comments; negative comments about co-workers, and employers; or threatening or harassing comments. Patient privacy and/or confidentiality Breaches of patient privacy/confidentially can be intentional or inadvertent, with inappropriate postings including patient photos, negative comments about patients, or details that might identify patients. A Simple Tweet or Text can Result in a Licensing Complaint Violations of the above risks can result in a complaint being filed against your license with your state board of nursing. Complaints can be filed by virtually anyone, including friends, family, patients, patients' family members, your employer, even your own spouse. Licensing complaints are more common than you think. There are almost 30 times more licensing complaints filed against nurses than malpractice lawsuits. Between 2010 and 2014, there were 3,357 malpractice suits filed against nurses and 96,659 licensing complaints.* Disciplinary actions by your state board can involve; no action, a simple reprimand, fine, continuing education, probation, suspension or permanent loss of licensure. Simple Do's and Don'ts When Posting, Tweeting, Texting or Blogging By using caution, nurses can enjoy the benefits of social media without risking the loss of their license and their livelihood. The following tips can help keep your social media content in the clear Always maintain patient privacy and confidentiality. Do not post patient photos or videos of patients or identify patients by name. Do not refer to patients in a disparaging manner, even if patients are not identified. Use caution when connecting with patients or former patients via social media. Do not post inappropriate photos, negative comments about colleagues or employers. Never discuss drug and alcohol use. Use social media to post positive comments about your workplace and its staff. Share educational information that may benefit others, such as safety notices and medical news. It is permissible to refer doctors, specialists and healthcare practices. Use social media to enhance the role of nursing in the community, among friends and the public. Remember posting, tweeting, texting and blogging are not private communications and can be used against you in an investigation by your Board of Nursing Protect Yourself Social media is great way to connect with family and friends, but you need to be cautious. If a complaint is filed against your license for whatever reason, your state board of nursing will conduct its own investigation. That could include looking to see if you have a presence on social media. You might be investigated for one reason, and have your situation made worse by comments you made on Facebook, Twitter or in text message. Nursing professionals need to be aware that online postings are permanent and can negatively affect their license and ability to practice. Think twice before you post content that could be judged as "unprofessional." About the Author Melanie Balestra, NP, Esq., owns her own law practice, the Law Offices of Melanie L. Balestra in Irvine, Calif. She also works as a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic in Laguna Beach, Calif. She can be reached at balestralaw@cox.net. *National Practitioner Data Bank, Department of Health & Human Services, www.npdb.hrsa.gov, October 2016.
  11. Most of us agree that there is much enjoyment and pleasure gained from being part of a social website. My own weakness includes Facebook and of course allnurses.com. I have never been able to get a handle on Twitter but I do know that the so-called celebrities of our time tend to get themselves in a whole heap of trouble because of twittering. To continue with my articles on the top 10 of reasons we get fired, number 8 has to be social media sites, which include but are not limited to Facebook Twitter Linkedin Google plus Pinterest MySpace allnurses.com In today's society it is hard to escape from the Internet and the pleasures it can offer us. We shop, we research and we expose ourselves to millions of strangers every day of the week. The leading contending for the potential of compromising ourselves is Facebook, this is where we let ourselves loose, discuss our lives, demonstrated by photographs, links to web sites and sometimes we will discuss the huge No No of our current life-Work! It is not anonymous, anybody can be your friend or foe! Social networking has become such a problem for our employers that they have introduced new policy and procedures, implemented education and changed new contracts to include clauses specifically related to social networking and the media. All over the world RN's have been caught and disciplined for posting unprofessional and compromising information, including photographs on social media websites. * US a student nurse posted on FB a photograph of herself with a placenta * UK Nurses posted a food fight in the cafeteria of a hospital * 2 nurses in the UK were fired for tweeting and FB posting embarrassing photographs of themselves at work in their uniform. This included one RN posing with a banana and wearing a diaper. * 3 Nurses posted jokes about themselves having awful hangovers in work-UK * RN's posted insensitive jokes about patients, on FB-UK * California-RN who worked in the ER, took a photo of a patient who had been a stabbing victim and posted it on FB * New Mexico- Nurses took cell phone photos of patients and posted them on FB * California-5 RN's discussed patients on FB-denied they had used names nor did they feel they had broken HIPPA * New Jersey-RN was fired for criticizing paramedics handing of a gunshot victim on FB * Manila-15 Nurses fired for liking a FB post criticizing hospital management. * RNs making friends with patients on social media websites, causing a conflict in interest. * In one OR recently, staff drew on the face of a patient whilst the patient was unconscious-photos were taken and tweeted. If you search the Internet for Nurses who are fired for inappropriate social media tweets or postings - you will find multiple pages of information. I know of a very competent RN who was annoyed with her manager, so posted a rant on FB that included a video recording about their problems and issues. The words she used were perceived as inappropriate and derogative to say the least. One of her co-workers copied a link of the whole posting and emailed it to their manager. The RN was suspended pending investigation and eventually lost her job. Sometimes we want to moan and complain about work I suggest, you refrain from describing work related problems on FB. In fact I would suggest you are cautious what you reveal to anybody about your work situation, it is amazing how things get taken out of proportion. Familiarize yourself with the policy and procedures that your place of work has implemented. Do not say anything about your company, their P &P or post about management on FB and media sites. Some things do come back and bite you! I am only glad when I was young and had my wild days that FB was not around to record my misdemeanors, however harmless they appeared to be to me. My mistakes are not on recorded on FB for eternity, they are lost back in time before the internet was available! I will not be embarrassed by photo's or videos of inappropriate behavior forever immortalized in cyberspace-and I thank my lucky stars I was born too soon!