There are many blog posts and articles touting the benefits of social media. However, there are few blog posts outlining the career benefits of social media for nurses. This is the post you that answers the question “Can nurses use social media for career success?”
Blogging & Social Media
Blogging and Social Media provides nurses and other healthcare professionals with a bigger voice in the world. The Blogging & Social Media category will focus on topics that help nurses become more empowered through blogging.
Most people know that blogging is an excellent way to tell stories and share information. It places power with individuals and allows anyone anywhere the ability to have a voice. But even thought it’s a great medium for storytelling, can nurses who blog use their online presence to improve the nursing profession? Can they use their voice to connect with others nurses and make a positive difference?
The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology provides the tools nurses need to improve their practices, further their careers, and solidify themselves as assets to their employers. Written with humor and easily digestible sections of information, this reference guide supplies nurses with the practical application tools they need to embrace technology and be successful.
Technology should be seen and used as an aide to delivering nursing care. If it is a barrier, then we need to break down those walls and make it useful for the care you give. Technology, like most things in life, becomes what you make of it. If you make it difficult and useless, then it will be difficult and useless. But if you make it prominent and valuable, then you might find that you not only experience increased satisfaction in your job performance but are a happier nurse overall.
Communication and information are the big concepts in healthcare and ironically, they’re also the big movers of the Internet in general. Think about it – we can keep in contact with friends and family, as well as co-workers, bosses, and even your doctor. Information can be shared – as long as you’re careful about it, and abide by HIPAA guidelines – with anyone you allow access to. This can be great or bothersome for us nurses. Think about it, you want a patient to tell you as much information as they can, however having them think they have something they don’t because WebMD mentioned it in an ad isn’t helpful.
Things have certainly been busy in my neck of the woods. If you’re a regular reader you might have noticed that my updates have been light for the last few weeks. Most of my writing energy has been devoted to the book I’ve written that in the process of begin edited and due to be published in August. I’m really excited about the book and that I’ll be a full-fledged author.
There was a time when I thought that Allnurses promoted online collaboration and support for nurses. I was wrong. Allnurses only intends to support themselves by padding their pocketbooks with ad sales garnered by promoting anonymous rants and gripe sessions. They claim to promote nursing, but they shun any nursing experts who can provide valuable insight to the conversations if that expert happens to have a blog.
According to a national survey conducted by Wakefield Research, almost one in four physicians are currently working or have worked as a locum tenens provider, taking advantage of the various benefits the practice alternative provides. What’s more, the findings indicate three out of four physicians are considering taking a locum tenens assignment in the future. Sponsored by CHG Healthcare Services, the study polled 1,000 providers from around the country.
Finding nurses to follow on twitter can be a challenge. While a simple search may reveal tweeters who have “nurse”, “RN”, “BSN”, or another term associated with nursing, it can be difficult to tell if that person actually tweets about nursing. And even more frustrating is to actually find tweeters that tweet routinely and about nursing related topics.
Nurs3w are coming together online to discuss many aspects of their careers. We share funny stories, tragedies, what we’ve learned, and what we hope to learn. There are many forums, facebook groups, and other large forums to connect with other nurses. There are also great nursing blogs and tumblr accounts that can give more specialty specific looks at the nursing profession.