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Social media: a useful tool for nurses that can become a weapon against them

Nurses can be targets of online abuse – with even fellow registrants going on the attack
Charlie Gard protest

Nurses can be targets of online abuse – with even fellow registrants going on the attack

  • Nurses can find themselves criticised and even abused on social media because of involvement in controversial care cases
  • Editors should consider the impact of their decisions on the NHS and nurse retention levels
  • Advice on using social media will help you join discussions while maintaining high standards of professionalism

High-profile cases, where hospitals are involved in ethically complex decisions about a patient’s treatment, can lead to their staff being caught up in a media frenzy.

‘The press packs aren’t just there for one day,’ says Stephen McKeever, a senior lecturer in children's nursing at London Southbank University. ‘Nursing staff are


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