Everybody loves Social Media. In today’s fast paced world, everything can be done with a click of a button. People share every aspect of their lives both professionally and personally, nurses need to be mindful at all times when engaging on social media platforms. Here are a few ways nurses can use different social media platforms effectively and positively
Whether you’re a working nurse or an aspiring nurse, reading about what’s happening in your industry is a worthwhile thing to do. This could help you keep the mind and tools sharp. An easy way to stay on top of current trends and issues in nursing is to read blogs from reliable sources. Other than reading news articles written by journalists from media outlets, nurse blogs can be a very informational source as well. These blogs are sometimes written by real nurses sharing their hands on experience. Nurse related blog can give you the real scoop on hot topics in nursing, for example, we keep posting a blog about Nursing Pay Rates And Future Trends In The UK or Top Nursing Skills: 6 Essential Qualities Of A Good Nurse
On the other hand, you as a nurse, can also write blogs to share your experience with your fellow nurses. Internet marketing experts suggests that nurses can increase their visibility through an online presence which can help them advance in their career, leading, in some cases, to a promotion and/or a raise.
Take Part in Discussion Groups
Discussion groups on social media channels like Facebook, LinkedIn provides nurses with a platform through which they can connect with their fellow healthcare professionals for various reasons like personal, emotional, or educational. You can find many nurse-specific online groups to join or participate in and talk about various topics or also ask questions about advanced nursing degree programs. On our Mylocum Facebook Group we talk about and discuss about issues like how can nurses cope with night shifts, share motivational quotes to help nurses feel inspired.
Look for New Job Opportunities
Social media can be a very good platform to showcase your professional skills and therefore, attract and look for new job opportunities.While LinkedIn shares similarities with Facebook, this platform is geared toward professionals and is an ideal tool for job seekers, even nurses. Originally designed as a portal for prospective job applicants, LinkedIn has developed into a social network where professionals of all levels can connect and build relationships. A user should make “connections” with current and former coworkers, academic associates, and other professionals in their field. It is also a very good idea to follow company pages to get latest job vacancies updates. Like we post our latest top jobs on Mylocum LinkedIn company page on a daily basis helping nurses and doctors for in their job search.
Engage in Real time Conversation
Twitter is one of the best platforms to have real time conversations. With this “micro blogging” platform, users can post messages in 280 characters or less. This makes Twitter a useful social network for short-form, timely content that can be shared rapidly—a tactic that is especially useful in a fast-paced profession like nursing. Nurses can utilize Twitter to follow notable individuals, discover the latest on trending topics, and create and share content of interest. Nurses who add Twitter to their communications toolkit can foster worldwide networking opportunities and establish themselves as public thought leaders.
Being on these platforms can be of great help for nurses but they have a huge responsibility to use it responsibly. Nurses posting on social media or blogging sites should know and follow their organization’s policies and procedures about social media use and take care not to violate the privacy policies. Never divulge patent-related information on social media or in a blog or public forum, and do not take and post unauthorized photos or videos of patients or their families. Breaches of privacy can also occur when a nurse describes a patient using enough detail that the patient can be identified.
In addition, posting inappropriate or unprofessional content on social media can be grounds for firing, even if the content is not work-related. For example, a breach of patient confidentiality, whether intentional or unintentional, such as posting photos or negative comments about patients or disclosing names of patients, can lead to termination. In addition, posting negative comments about your workplace, coworkers, or employers that may be considered unprofessional could lead to dismissal. Nurses who fail to take the necessary precautions and follow their organization’s guidelines could also face licensing and/or legal problems. However, for nurses who use social media responsibly, the positives can outweigh the negatives.