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4 Positive Uses of Social Media in Nursing

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i c at i ont hr oughs oc i al medi ah asbec omeawa yofl i f e,e spe ci a l l yf ort hey ounger Commun gener at i on,andwi l l c ont i nuet oi nc r eas e.Al t houghi ndi s cr i mi nat epos t i ngons oc i al medi a b ynu r s e shol sh danumbe ro fpi t f a l l s,nur s ess houl dembr ac et hi sev ol v i ngt ec hnol ogyi n o r d ert ok e epu pwi t ht h ec h an gi n gn ee dsan dd ema nd so fc o nt e mp mp or a r ys oc i e t y .Th e c r eat i v eus eofs oc i al medi ahasl i mi t l es spot ent i al i nnur s i ngeduc at i on,nur s i ng management ,andheal t hc ar e.I ti sst i l l av as t ,mos t l yunex pl or edt er r i t or y .

1 .Nur s i ngEduc at i on Nur s i ngs t udent sar es ki l l edi nt heus eofs oc i al medi aandwi l l wel c omet hei rus ei n educ at i on.Onl i negr oupscanbeus edv er yeffec t i v el yt oc r eat ei nt er ac t i v eands el f di r ec t ed l ear ni ngoppor t uni t i es .Theeduc at orc an,f orex ampl e,pos tl i nk st owebbas edar t i c l es andY dYouTubevi deos  f ort hes t udent st or eadandwat c hi npr epar at i onf ort henex t c l as s r oom s es s i on.I ns t eadoft hei nf or mat i onbei ngpr es ent edt ot hes t udent sbyt he t eac her ,c l as s r oom s es s i onsc anbeus edf orc l ar i fi cat i on,gr oupdi s c us s i ons ,andr ol epl a ys .

On our ofcial Facebook page, we post practice questions every day to help student nurses review for their exams.

Gr oupsc anbec r eat edb ywhi c ht heeduc at orc anc onnec twi t ht hei rs t udent st oshar e i nt er es t i ngc ont entr el at edt ot hei rs t udi esandt oi nf or mt hem ofs pec i al l ec t ur es ,t es t t i me t abl e s,ando t here v ent s .Anac c ounts uc ha sT wi t t erc ane v enc onnec tt heeduc at or

 

wi t hs t udent swhoar eonc l i ni c al pr ac t i c eas s i gnment ss ot hats hec anans werques t i ons , p r o v i d eg ui d an c ea nds u pp or t .Th er ec o ul da l s ob eapl a nn edc o mmu mm ni c at i o ns es s i o ne v er y weekatapar t i c ul art i me. St ud en t st h ems e l v e sc anf o r ms t u dys u pp or tg r o up st hr ou ghwh i c ht h eyc a ne x c han ge ques t i on sande x pl anat i onsaswel l assu ppor tea chot heri ngener al .The yc oul da l s os har e i nt er es t i ngc ont entr el at edt ot het opi ct heyar es t udy i ng,s uc hast hepr act i ce qui z z e s  pos t edont hi ss i t e.

2.Per sonaldevel opmentandsuppor t Nur s e sc a nj o i nan yofc o un t l e s sn ur s i n gg r o up sa ndp ag esonF ac e boo ka ndo t he rs o c i a l medi a.Thes ear eei t herf ornur s esi ngener al orf ornur s esspec i al i z i ngi napar t i c ul arfi el d. The ys er v et oshar ei nf or mat i ononde v el opment sandi s s uesi nnur s i ngandheal t hcar eand t one t wor kwi t hot hernur s esl oc al l yorwor l dwi de.Thes egr oupsal s oenhancemo oe mor al e wi t hi nt henur s i ngpr of e ss i on–j us tt hi nkoft hewar mf ee l i ngy ouge tf r om ame meor me q uo t ea bo uth owwo nd er f u ln ur s e sa r e .

One of the most popular nursing groups on Facebook is SMYS that aims to unify the voices of nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Thei ns t ant aneousandwi des har i ngofc ont enti soneoft hemaj oradv a nt agesofs oc i a l medi af orpr of es si onal dev el opment .Thi schar ac t er i s t i ccanbeus edt os t ar taj our nal c l ub, ei t herf oras pec i al i nt er es tgr ouporwi t hi nanor gani z at i on.Li nk st oj our nal ar t i c l esar e pos t edt ot hegr oupand,onc emember sha v er eadt hear t i c l e,t her ec anbead i s c us s i oni n t hegr oupaboutt hec ont entoft hear t i c l e,i t sval uef ornur s i ngpr ac t i c eandwhet herand howt her es ear c hc anbei mpl ement edi nt hec l i ni c al s i t uat i on.

 

Wi t h i nas p ec i fi cwo r k pl a c e,n ur s esc ana l s oh av ead ed i c at e dg r o upwh er et h eyc anas k ques t i ons ,ex pr es sf eel i ngs ,r efl ec tandpr ov i degener al s uppor tf oreac hot her .

3.Nur si ngmanagem me ent Nur s emanager ss ho ul dbec omef ami l i arwi t hs oc i al medi a,u si ngi tt oi mpr o v e comm mmuni cat i on, obt ai nst affpar t i ci pat i oni nmanageme mentdeci si onsandenhancest aff mor al e. Agr oupf ornur s esi nt hewor k pl ac ec anbec r eat edwi t hr egul arpos t i ngsoft hef ol l o wi ng: •

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I ma gi n et h ep os i t i v ei n fl ue nc et h ea bo v ec o mmu mm ni c at i o nwi l l h av eons t a ffe ng ag eme nta nd c ohe si onamongnur s es ,aswel l asons t affr ec r ui t mentandt hebr andi ngoft hehea l t hc ar e i ns t i t ut i on. Nur s i ngma manager sc anal s ou seas oc i al med i aappl i c at i o n,dedi c at edandal wa y sat t ended t o,t opr o vi denur s eswi t hadv i c eandf eedbac kaboutpr obl emsi nr eal t i me. T omak eeff ec t i v eus eo fs o c i a lme di ai nt h ewo r k pl ac e ,nu r s ema na ger ss ho ul d al s oa oa ct i v el yenga get he i rs t a ffi nde ve l opi ngpol i c y  a ndne w me t h od si ni nf o r mat i o n s har i ng,c ol l abor at i ononpr oj ec t s ,educ at i onandpat i entc ar e.

4.Pat i entCar e

 

Wo r l d wi d et h er ea r en umer o usde v el o pme nt sandpr o j e c t si nu s i n gs o c i a lme di at oe nh an ce heal t hc ar ef orpat i ent sandc ommuni t i es . The yc anbeu sedeff ec t i v e l yi nc ommuni c at i onwi t hpat i ent sandpat i entmoni t or i ng.Ac hat l i nec anbemadea v ai l abl ef orne wl ydi s c har gedpat i ent swher et he yc ans af el yand di s c r ee t l yc ommuni c at ewi t hamemberoft hen ur s i ngs t afft oc onfi r m di s c har gei ns t r uc t i ons , enqui r eabouts y mpt mp omst he yar ee x per i en ci ngwh i c hmi ghti ndi c at eac omp l i c at i on,ore v en pos ti magesoft hei rwoundss ot hatt henur s ec anmon i t ort heheal i ngpr oc es s .Thenur s e c ane v enmo ni t orapat i ent ’ swounddr es s i ngt e chni queormet hodofad mi mi n i s t er i ng me di c at i o nv i aav i d eo .Ot h eru s esi n c l ud eme di c a t i onr e mi mi n de r san dc o nfi r mi n gu pc o mi mi n g a pp oi n t me nt s . Pat i ent sc anber ef er r edt os oc i al medi agr oupswhi c hoff ers uppor tandi nf or mat i onf or i ndi v i dual swi t hs pec i fi cl ongt er mc ondi t i ons .Agr oupc ane venbec r eat edb yaheal t hc ar e i ns t i t ut i onf orpat i ent swi t hs pec i fi cl ongt er mc ondi t i ons ,orev enf ornewmot her s ,wher e t he yc anpr o v i deeac hot herwi t hs uppor t .Anur s ewi t hs pec i al i z edk no wl edgec oul df or m par toft hegr oupt ogi v epr of es si onal adv i c e,pat i enteduc at i onandi nf or mat i onaboutev ent s a ndn ewd ev e l o pme nt si nt r e at me nt s . Anumberofmobi l ebas edonl i neappl i c at i ons ,whi c hi nt er ac twi t hsoc i al medi a,ha vebeen dev el opedf ormoni t or i ngandas ses si ngpat i enti nf or mat i on.Ones uc happl i c at i on,f or t eenagedi abe t i c s,pr ompt sus er st oent erbl oodgl uc os edat a.T r endsar et r ac k edand r emot el ymo moni t or edb yheal t hc ar epr of es s i onal s . So ci a lmed i aha v ea l s opr o v edt obeapo wer f ul t ool i npub l i cadv oc ac yc ampai gns .The y c anbeus edeff ec t i v e l ybynur s esandor g ani z at i onst oadvocat ef orchange  i nl oc al , r egi onal andnat i onal nur s i ngandheal t hi s s ues . Nur s esmi mi ghtf eel an xi ousaboutus butt hepr of es si on i ngs oc i a lme di ai nhe al t hc ar e  s houl dev ol v ewi t hdev el opment si nt hes oc i e t ywhi c ht he ys er v e.Asl ongast hec or eet hi c al pr i nc i pl esofnur s i ngar ek epti nmi nd,ne wt ec hnol ogys houl dbeembr ac edf ori t spo t ent i al benefi t si nnur s i ngandheal t hcar e.

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