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Don't Post That! Social Media Best Practices for Nurses

OnDemand Webinar (64 minutes)

Don't let social media jeopardize your career - learn how to avoid privacy/confidentiality violations when using social media.The use of social media and other electronic communication is expanding exponentially as the number of social media outlets, platforms and applications available continue to increase. Social media is an exciting and valuable tool when used wisely. The very nature of this medium, however, can pose a risk to nurses as it offers instantaneous posting opportunities that allow little time for reflective thought, and therefore it should be used diligently. This topic will provide practical guidelines to nurses who use social media and will point viewers to the many resources that are available to health care workers on the appropriate use of social media.


Dawn M. Kappel, MA, National Council of State Boards of Nursing Nancy Spector, PhD, RN, FAAN, National Council of State Boards of Nursing



• What Is NCSBN?

• Background of Our Work With Social Media

The Phenomenon of Social Media

• Use of Social Media (Statistics)

• Examples of Benefits of Social Media in Health Care

• Examples of Social Media Benefiting Students

• Examples of Actual Social Media Blogs for Nurses

Some of the Issues That Have Occurred When Nurses Use Social Media

• Headlines - Cases in Health Care

• Cases in Nursing Education

Regulatory Issues

• Cases Presented to Boards of Nursing

• Privacy/Confidentiality Violations

• HIPAA Violations


• Actions Taken at Boards of Nursing or in the Legal/Employment Setting

• Effect on Team-Based Care

Issues Still Being Determined

• Labor Laws

• Patients Use of Social Media in Public

Resources Available to Nurses on Social Media

• Myths When Using Social Media

• Guidelines

• Tips on Creating Policies

• Video; Web Page; How to Order Free Brochures and Posters

Metrics on Evaluating Use of Social Media Resources