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During the past few years we have seen a huge growth in the use of social media in the healthcare sector yet it was only a short time ago that Ferguson (2013) questioned whether health would start to leverage the potential of social media. The answer, some 8 years on, is still unclear.
Whilst there are a few social media pioneers there is still a long way to go in unlocking the true potential of social media. There are many who do not see the benefits and still regard it as a social pastime and not as a serious way for nurses to communicate, connect and make a difference to the people they care for.
Forty-seven per cent of the UK population (Ofcom 2017) uses social media which equates to a large number of nurses potentially already using it in one form or another albeit to connect with friends and relatives. The challenge now is to capitalise on this social phenomena and promote it as a serious communication tool for 21st century nursing.
One of the best ways to use social media is by combining a combination of platforms. For example sharing YouTube videos via Twitter or discussing blogs on LinkedIn. By having a wide and varied approach to social media nurses can understand the resources available to them and use this to continually develop and enhance their practice and patient care.
Nurses are making great gains in social media through viral campaigns and highly accessed Twitter chats. They use it to support one another, to professionally develop, to exchange clinical practice and resources, to reflect, to develop their careers and to connect with patient groups.
Social media is a nursing tool for the digital age as it allows communication on a global scale via a mobile phone that sits in the palm of our hand. With so much information, support, ideas and experience at our fingertips how can we not unlock the potential?
This tweetchat aims to explore:
- What are the benefits to nurses in engaging in social media?
- What are the benefits to patients when nurses are engaged with social media?
- What are the potential challenges to nurses engaging in social media?
- What is the potential is there for the use of social media in nursing?
For #PUNC22 student nurses
Group A (birthdays are January - April) to join in from 6 - 6:30pm
Group B (birthdays are May - August) to join in from 6:30pm - 7pm
Group C (birthdays are September - December )to join in from 7pm - 7:30pm
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TRANSCRIPT AND SUMMARY OF THE TWEETCHAT WILL NOT APPEAR UNTIL AFTER ALL THE GROUPS HAVE TAKEN PART - THE TRANSCRIPT WILL APPEAR AT 7:30PM AND THE SUMMARY SHORTLY AFTER THAT.
If you've not joined a tweetchat before here's how:
Using a hashtag (#) like #PUNC22 allows us to use a Twitter feature that shows everyone the tweets that contain it, this allows us to chat with people that we don't follow, yet, enabling the ability for us to chat together on Twitter.
- To see the chat click (or search) for #PUNC22 on Twitter
- Look out for questions and others' responses that interest you
- To join in, add #WeNurses to your tweets
Regardless of your role, whether you are a mental health nurse or not, if you are passionate about our work then you are very welcome to join in.
Do join in, your views, ideas, and shared experience add real value to others on the chat.