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?" Most nurses are using social media in their personal lives daily. They use social media to connect with friends and family. Nurses will click like on Facebook posts they see about “Being a nurse” and may even have a nurse pinterest … [Read more...] about 7 Ways Nurses Can Use Social Media for Career Success
As nurses, we give so much of ourselves to our patients. This is just one reason you need to join a nurses support group online. There are so many more reasons too. Online Nurses Support Group Technology has seriously grown leaps and bounds, hasn't it? Long gone are the times when you had to call someone to remind them to pick up milk or to set up your appointments. Now you can just update a list, send a message, or even a tweet. In many ways, technology has made life so much easier. This … [Read more...] about This is Why You Need to Join a Nurses Support Group Online
I am the system administrator for a home care software. This gives me the chance to work very closely with nurses who use computers all day long and carry them from their cars to patient’s homes. I am always thinking of ways to make their job easier. This includes their workflow in the software and their interface with computers and other tools to make their lives easier. So when I say the Wheelmate Laptop Steering Wheel Desk, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that part of me was slightly interested … [Read more...] about Wheelmate Laptop Steering Wheel Desk Gets Hilarious Reviews
Working the holidays can be a bummer, but not so much if you have a glove Christmas tree complete with Christmas ornaments for nurses. Many nurses, paramedics, doctors, and other members of the healthcare team choose to make the best of this time and have quirky medical fun. The following are some excellent examples of the weird sense of humor that many of use in the healthcare environment share. Glove Christmas Trees These images were discovered … [Read more...] about Medical Christmas Fun: Medical Glove Christmas Trees
Social media offers many benefits to it’s users. Nurses in particular have the ability to gain many skills that can improve their nursing practice by using social media. While many in healthcare fear social media for various reasons, there is greater good that can come of it for healthcare as a whole. The following are just a few examples of the many benefits of social media for nurses. Sharing Ideas and Focusing on Nursing Issues While evidence based practice should be the basis for … [Read more...] about 6 Reasons Why Nurses Should Use Social Media
Today I watched a documentary called Catfish.I implore you to watch it. The following is an open letter to the star of the film Nev Schulman. It’s incredibly eerie how similar are experiences were… well except for the fact that my social media deception wasn’t a love interest. That was really hurt, I’m sure. Nev, I watched your documentary. I'm sorry for your experience. I myself experienced something very similar, except luckily for me, I am female and it was not a matter of the … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to Nev Schulman, Star of Catfish
The executive director of the Iowa Nurses Association made a comment on the American Nurses Association’s facebook page in response to other comments made on a wall post by Terri Polick questioning the censorship of the ANA. This representative of the Iowa chapter of the ANA essentially called Vernon Dutton (a nurse advocate and social media enthusiast) an ass and questions his credibility and motives. Bad form Iowa Nurses Association. This is just not good social media practice. Not good … [Read more...] about The Iowa Nurses Association Needs a Lesson in Social Media Etiquette
Being a nurse involved with social media certainly has its challenges. Once you get over the fear of losing your job for your blog or twitter account, there is a honeymoon period. During this time you feel empowered and exhilarated by your ability to have a voice and make an impact online. You use this voice to make an impact on the issues that matter to you and your profession. True advocacy means making a difference I’ve blogged about nursing students who are kicked out of the nursing … [Read more...] about Being an Advocate Means Being a Target
As nurses, we put our entire hearts and minds into giving the best care to patients that we can. So how does social media in healthcare hurt or help that? It's both. There are dangers and benefits at the same time. It's basically a teenage monster. Social Media Healthcare Stories: Amanda Trujillo If there is one thing that the Amanda Trujillo story has done, it's proven that nurses combined with social media are a force to be reckoned with. Nurses have heard Amanda’s story and it … [Read more...] about This is Why Social Media In Healthcare is Important & Dangerous At the Same Time
By now you’ve hopefully heard the buzz among the nursing blogosphere and the social media community about Amanda Trujillo, the registered nurse who was fired by Banner Health after educating her patient on hospice options. Banner Health also took action again Ms. Trujillo’s nursing license and she has been unable to practice nursing for the past 10 months. Nurses everywhere are standing with Amanda Trujillo and coming together and putting their money where their blog is…. or something. The … [Read more...] about Let’s Pin Arizona Board of Nursing and Banner Health: Support Amanda Trujillo Buttons
2nd.MD is a revolutionary new service that is breaking down barriers in terms of access to healthcare. If you or a loved one has ever face a challenging medical diagnosis and wanted an second opinion from a specialist, then you know what a challenge it can be to find experts nearby. I’ve known parents who had to fly their sick children across the country to consult with a specialist about their diagnosis. It’s bad enough to have a disease process that is inconveniencing your life, but having … [Read more...] about 2nd.MD: Easy Access to Leading Doctors Online
Successful campaigns to promote health awareness issues have one thing in common. They find an appropriate symbol to represent the underlying health concern. These symbols work because they're easily identifiable and a whole host of complex issues—from the importance of early detection and treatment, to changing the ways in which we view survivors—can be embodied in a simple symbol. Perhaps the most successful of these symbols is the pink ribbon campaign to promote breast cancer awareness. The … [Read more...] about Raising Prostate Cancer Awareness: Searching for a Symbol
This post will outline tips and strategies to build a successful nursing blog. Nursing blog success doesn't have to be an elusive dream. You can make an impact on nursing and the world if you implement strategies to ensure that your message is clear and far-reaching. I've spent years building a personal and professional brand and want to share some key strategies that will bring your success with your nursing blog. I received a very flattering email from an aspiring blogger who fancied me as … [Read more...] about 10 Tips for Nursing Blog Success
The potential for social media to impact and improve healthcare is staggering. This is especially prominent now that consumers are stepping up and confirming that a healthcare providers online presence will impact their decision to seek care with them. Benefits of Social Media for Healthcare Organizations If hospitals utilize social media for their marketing benefits alone, the impacts would be substantial for them. But imagine if healthcare organizations were to truly embrace social media, … [Read more...] about Hey Hospitals, Patients Are Looking For you Online!
Johnson and Johnson's has done wonderful things to promote nursing and a positive image of nursing. They have held a special play in my heart for a while for many reasons. They produce wonderful PR for nurses and advocate the profession. The public image of nursing benefits from their influence, and any push towards professionalism in nursing is strongly appreciated. However, it goes deeper than that with me. Something that I find particularly wonderful about Johnson & Johnson's is … [Read more...] about Johnson and Johnson’s Want You to Thank a Nurse!