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We live in a world that is connected every second through Social Media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., virtual dialogue broadcasts every second, and pictures can travel around the world in minutes.
Social Media is an exciting and valuable tool when used wisely. It allows us to express our thoughts, feeling and develop personal connections. However, the lines between personal and professional are getting blurred in an age where we are so connected. The very nature of Social Media can pose a risk as it offers instantaneous communication with little time to reflect thought. It carries the added burden that what is posted on the Internet is discoverable by millions even after it is long deleted.
As a nurse it’s always best to be aware of facility and staffing agency policies, code of conduct and professional standards regarding patient privacy, confidentiality and how they apply to Social Media. Though some communications start with good intentions or may appear innocent, they can still be considered a violation of privacy laws or facility and staffing agency policy.
An article published last year offered five good “Do’s and Don’ts” for nurses using Social Media.
The National Council of State Board of Nursing developed guidelines for using Social Media responsibly. The guidelines go through the use of blogs, social networking sites, and video sites to communicate both personally and professionally with others. They also list several scenarios of Social Media misconduct that would normally seem innocent in nature. Travel Nurse Across America has specific Social Media guidelines that outline our specific policy on Social Media use, which you can obtain through your recruiter or our Director of Human Resources.