The Use Of Social Media In Nursing

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With the continuous increase in the number of social media outlets such as platforms and applications including the chat rooms, forums, video sites, social networking sites, the use of social media is increasing at the exponential rate. With this, the number of issues regarding the privacy of the people is also increasing especially, in the health care industry. One of the most debated issues in the country is the violation of the privacy of the patients and the leakage of the confidential information when nurses use the electronic medium to chat or communicate with the other people. It is natural when using the social media network to confide about the work issues and tell anecdote during friendly communication as people from different sectors…show more content…
In addition, the nurses can participate profitably in the medical discussions regardless of the time zones and geographic locations. Like the people in other professions, a professional online presence is a must for the nursing. However, the nurses need to proceed cautiously with an eye over the content they upload and consider the potential negative consequences of the participation in the social media ("White Paper: A Nurse’s Guide to the Use of Social Media",…show more content…
However, the combination of the co-workers, friends, and acquaintances at a single social network site causes the problem in the boundaries between professional and personal issues ("White Paper: A Nurse’s Guide to the Use of Social Media", 2016). In addition, it is easy for anyone to check the social habits of a nurse over the social media and may include the professional colleagues, patients, and current or potential employers. An indiscretion on these pages can cause a lot of damage that includes the loss of the job opportunities and the professional reputation ("White Paper: A Nurse’s Guide to the Use of Social Media",
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