Getting the most out of social media – a nurse’s guide

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Tips on how to get the most out of social media safely and responsibly without impacting your busy life

Tips on how to get the most of social media safely and responsibly

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Using Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms are part of many nurses and nursing students’ day-to-day lives.

Getting the most out of social media accounts as a nurse, while avoiding the potential pitfalls, is the topic of the latest Nursing Standard podcast.

Online tools to bring nursing profession together

The episode explores the positives of these online tools that can bring members of the profession together.

Our guest is Teresa Chinn, a nurse, social media expert and honorary assistant professor at the University of Nottingham, and founder of the #WeNurses Twitter group.

Teresa Chinn, #WeNurses Twitter group founder.

Teresa Chinn, #WeNurses Twitter group founder. Picture: Chris Balcombe

She shares her experience and the many ways that social media has helped her improve her practice and tackle the isolation she felt when working as an agency nurse.

Ensuring the safe and responsible use of social media

The podcast hears about valuable guidance from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, drawing on the Code, which can help nurses use social media safely and responsibly.

Ms Chinn also tells journalist Erin Dean of the importance of not letting social media take more time than desired from already busy lives.

And she shares three tips for effective use of social media.

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