RCNA Social Media Guidelines for Nurses – Royal College of Nursing Australia – October 2011

Posted on November 3, 2011. Filed under: Health Informatics, Nursing | Tags: |

RCNA Social Media Guidelines for Nurses – Royal College of Nursing Australia – October 2011

“Social media is a revolutionary way to participate in developments and be informed of breaking news, events, discussions and discoveries that affect you. The question is not whether or not the nursing profession should embrace social media. It is embracing us; it is now part of the world we work in. The real question is: how can we use the power of social media to strengthen the nursing profession? So many opportunities exist for nurses through the appropriate use of social media. We can strengthen our individual roles across the health system through access to information and networking with other nurses and health professionals. We can ensure a positive connection and input to the changes that affect us, our patients/clients and the way we deliver nursing care. Ultimately, we have an opportunity to inspire, progress and promote the nursing profession through a strong online presence.

There are, of course, dangers in social media, but RCNA believes that the benefits far outweigh the negatives. We’ve put together these guidelines as a way to help nurses navigate the pitfalls and potential problems that can be faced while using social media. Keeping on the safe side is not difficult and is well worth the effort; RCNA hopes that these guidelines can help those who may be hesitant or overwhelmed at the scope of it all to harness the power that social media can offer the nursing profession.”


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