Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

Embrace social media

Encourage nurses to embrace and use social media to learn from others 

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Last night (16/01/18) I attended a tweet chat about the perception and future of nursing Not only was I discussing what it means to be a nurse, I was discussing this with senior nurse leaders. Put a nurse in a room full of senior leaders and most of us would crumble. However, on social media this is the opposite. When using social media nurses have better access to senor leaders to learn from but also influence. Thanks to embracing social media, the opportunities that have been placed in my path would not have occurred

Nurses need to encourage other nurses to use social media especially for learning form others. Lets get them early on in their career and infiltrate the Schools of Nursing. Demonstrate the power of social media

Tony Longbone 10 months ago

This is something that I've been pondering as part of this project Leeanne, I feel there is a definite need for us to encourage more staff to embrace social media as a professional tool. Twitter is an environment which is the preferred platform of most health professionals can be scary when first joining.

I like the idea of engaging nursing schools in developing a social media element to training, I also feel that there's more that Trust's can do to engage with their staff that utilise platforms like Facebook as with a little work we could create staff Facebook forums allowing us to connect with colleagues that is possibly more accessible to staff.

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Jamie Waterall 9 months ago

I have also become a real concert to social media Leeanne as this offers us so many opportunities as professionals!

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Zara Head 9 months ago

I totally agree, I am a convert to social media, used well it has great influence and can be educational and inspiring

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Leeanne 9 months ago

I’ve taken the bull by the horns. I’ve booked a room in my organisation and invited everyone to attend to understand Twitter more. Fingers crossed.

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Wendy Nicholson 9 months ago

Hi thank you for sharing - I agree social media is really a greT way to engage nurses, share and promote nursing and midwifery - we have had some great successes with ehpgaging different groups by working with them directly weschoolnurses and wehealthvisitors are good examples, we piloted social media as a learning tool last year with school nurses and it was amazing, so we are now trying in a bigger scale with welearn and linking it to all our health - are you following the progress and chats?

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Lucy Wood 9 months ago

This is a very good point. where would we be without social media? I use facebook mostly and if you filter out the kittens it can be a very useful tool for sharing info and more importantly support for nurses. I have group for Plymouth Practice nurses in which we can ask questions, post updates and give opinions freely.
Sadly many nurses are very concerned about using it, and obviously we all have to adhere to the Code of conduct, but I worry that nurses not accessing social media are missing out......there is a question, what do to ensure non SM users can access the same info??

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