Nursing Social Media Dos and Don’ts

 In Nurses Weekly

Over the last several years, the world has witnessed the explosion of social media and other electronic communication like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Nurses often use social media platforms to discuss issues around patients, healthcare, and to promote their own profession.

However, these same sites have been used inappropriately by nurses who have found themselves in significant legal problems both for the organizations in which they work, but also for their own registered nurse licensure.

As a nurse, it’s important to know what you can and cannot post on social media. Here’s how to stay out of hot water when sharing about your career on your favorite social platform.

Social Media Guidelines for Nurses

Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse, is an award-winning author and national speaker on social media issues, bullying, and informatics. She has rules for how nurses can keep out of trouble while using social media but also using social media effectively and positively.

These rules nurses should use while utilizing social media include:

Social Media Dos for Nurses

  • Nurses can talk about themselves, the nursing profession, their families, hobbies, and interest
  • Nurses should aim to uplift the nursing profession in their posts
  • Become keenly aware of your employer’s social media policies
  • Realize that nothing online is ever really anonymous

Social Media Don’ts for Nurses

  • Never talk about patients or identifiable coworkers
  • Avoid identifying your employer on your social media profiles
  • Don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t say in front of your boss or human resources
  • Don’t post online that you are at work as this could put you and your home at risk
  • Don’t use the employer’s internet to post on social media sites—just don’t post to social media while at work
  • Don’t identify your employer on your personal profiles
  • Don’t do anything you would be embarrassed to say to your mother, your clergy, your boss, or a potential employer
  • Don’t do anything that could degrade or embarrass your profession

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