Webinar Focuses on Guidelines for Nurses Using Social Media

October 14th, 2011


By , BSN, RN

These days it's all about social media. If you are reading this you are participating in social media with me. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and all the others keep us in touch with friends, co-workers, schools, professors, professional associations and the corner store. And with the advent of social media has come a whole new world of guidelines, rules, and manners.

Using social media in healthcare settings can be a great tool. Messaging between professionals with recommendations for care, exchange of information or coming across new ideas for improving what we do are all advantages of social media. But there are certain lines that for professional, ethical and legal reasons, we must be aware of and wary of crossing.

Later this month, the ANA (American Nurses Association) is hosting a webinar on Guidelines for Using Social Media. The ANA is bringing this presentation back by popular demand. A few months ago, hundreds of nurses across the U.S. participated in this webinar on social media. The program explored issues surrounding the use of social media in healthcare settings, digital ethics and patient confidentiality.

It seems like it is a topic that needs to be revisited. The National Council for State Boards of Nursing reported that last year 33 state boards received complaints against nurses who violated patient privacy while using social media.

The ANA Guidelines for Using Social Media webinar is scheduled for October 25, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. ET and will last for one hour. It is free for ANA members and is $15 for everyone else.

In conjunction with the Guidelines webinar, the ANA has also recently released its Principles for Social Networking, a cutting edge e-publication providing guidance to registered nurses on using social networking media in a way that protects patients’ privacy and confidentiality. The publication also provides guidance to registered nurses who use social networking media on how to maintain the Code of Ethics for Nurses, the standards found in Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, and the standards for nurses' responsibility to society, as defined in Nursing’s Social Policy Statement: The Essence of the Profession.

More information on purchasing the publication can be found on the ANA website.

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