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NurChat 11/10/16 – Student Nurses new to Twitter – professionalism and growing your network

As pioneers in the social space, #NurChat has provided an open forum for the discussion of nursing and healthcare related topics for over 5 years now. In that time we’ve seen the use of social media, Twitter in particular, grow and change significantly. From its launch in 2006, Twitter has grown into arguably the micro-blogging platform of choice and it’s now estimated that there are over 313 million active users on Twitter in a month.

From a platform embraced by the early adopters who experimented with professional conversation on an entirely public platform to the frequent communication we share today, Twitter has become firmly embedded in the way we as nurses online communicate. But what about the majority of nurses and healthcare staff who haven’t yet seen the benefits of joining in?

From the beginning, the clear principle of ‘nurse offline nurse online’ has applied. Patient confidentiality, professional conduct and the principles of best practice all apply when we engage online, but some have still got into difficulty by posting inappropriate or offensive comments (1, 2). So is the professional use of social media simply a matter of common sense?

In this #NurChat we’ll be throwing the discussion open to all, especially new cohorts of student nurses just getting to grips with Twitter and learning how to get the most out of it. We’ll be asking the experienced tweeters to share their expertise and advice as well as encourage everyone just joining the community.

If you’re new to Twitter, you’ll come away with a whole host of new connections that will add to your support network and help you grow. If you’re an experienced tweeter, please come along and pass on your tips and signpost great people to follow.

Why not check out our how to join #NurChat guide here, plus you can use ourNurChat chat app to take part. If you’re new to twitter and want to test it out, just tweet us @NurChat and we can chat!

Further reading:

NMC Guidance on using social media responsibly

Read back over the discussion

Part 1

Part 2