These days social media has become a prominent part of everyday life. From your best friend posting a picture of running her first marathon to the joy of your sister-in-law announcing she’s engaged. People are sharing their funny stories, accomplishments, and even misfortunes through social media platforms every day. For nurses in particular, we love that social media fosters professional connections, is a source of support and a way to share feelings about the nursing profession. There are many benefits and reasons why nurses should use social media. Here are our top three reasons:
1. Using Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and blogs can help build your credibility as a health professional, as well as spark discussions within the health care community.
2. Nurses can provide basic health tips to the general public, i.e., the latest study on nutrition and exercise. After all, people daily turn to the web to find answers to their health concerns or read up on new studies.
3. You can share the daily routine of a home health care nurse, revealing the satisfaction you receive in providing quality care to your patients. This is valuable information for someone considering the nursing profession or a nurse looking at work in the home health care field.Social media is a great tool, but some discretion must be taken when posting certain information. Keep these points in mind when using social media to protect yourself and your patients!
• Leave your work at the office. Make sure when posting to your social media that you don’t accidentally divulge any information that may be private to your patients.
• Remain impartial on support pages and blogs.
The continuing growth of social media makes now the best time to get started. It can be used to your advantage, through career growth and helping others.