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
- 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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