I really enjoy nursing students – at all levels of nursing education. I love helping them formally via precepting them as well as informally helping them through mentoring, etc. Nursetopia has many popular posts among nursing students, and I can often tell the season for nursing papers by the number of hits to my posts about free, full-text nursing journal articles (here and over here and even here). It makes me smile.
A nursing student contacted me recently for help with a “trends in nursing” kind of class. She bravely chose the topic of social media use within the nursing profession. I say “bravely” because the peer-reviewed evidence of the topic in the nursing literature is scarce with 49 PubMed articles from a “nursing, social media” search. And not even all of those are related to nurses’ actually use of social media. Yikes. Kudos, though, to this student for developing this knowledge within herself and passing it on to others. My mind leaps at the thoughts of how beneficial this learning will be in her nursing practice. I’m providing my answers to her questions below this week, and I thought I’d let her see the real-life nursing practice implications and benefits of social media through her very own questions, leveraging my existing social media networks for her and allowing nurses from all over the world to weigh-in on her questions. Oh, yeah…fun stuff!!
So, take a peek at the questions below, and leave a comment by Sunday, January 27, 2013, to answer one or all of them. I know many nurses within the blogosphere and other social networks have already ruminated on this topic. If you’re on of those, leave a URL in the comments directing the nursing student (and all other nurses and nursing students who will read this in the future) to your already existing thoughts on social media use within the nursing profession. And, if you’re not a nurse but still work in the healthcare profession, yes, you jump in, too! As always, thanks for contributing to the growth of one of our own!