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One of the hardest things to do as a nurse that uses and advocates social media is to ignite that spark in others and help them to see the value. My next three blog posts are entirely dedicated to the excuses, the reasons why nurses should use Twitter and getting started on Twitter in the hope that others will be inspired to share and together we can problem solve in order to achieve our common goal of having more nurses connected via social spaces.
5 reasons nurses give for why they don’t (or won’t) use Twitter
I have no time – I have lost count with the amount of times I have heard this one! Do you think that the likes of Florence Nightingale, Mary Secole and Edith Cavell ever used this as an excuse for anything? In addition to this those of us “in the know” can actually see how Twitter saves us time ….. I for one don’t spend time pouring over paper journals or “googling” information any more all of the information I need comes from the online nursing community that I am part of.
It’s not like Facebook – Nope it is not … you just have to get over this!
Nurses are always getting into trouble using social media – Mmmmmm I would have to disagree according to a Guardian article “NHS Facebook misuse should be resolved at a local level” 72 separate actions were carried out by 16 trusts against staff who inappropriately used social media between 2008-09 and October 2011 …. That’s not “always” or even a lot considering the 650,000 nurses in the UK. I am a realist when it comes to this and think that the chances are these nurses would have behaved unprofessionally anyway so social media is not to blame but rather it is purely and simply down to the behaviour of the nurses involved. In addition this is a great reason to actually start using Twitter so that you can act as a responsible nurse role model and show others how to use it in a professional manner.
My organisation discourages it – If we always wait for others to change things we will never progress. Be brave and rock the boat. NHS Employers have produced a great guide “HR and social media in the NHS” that may help.
I don’t know how – Ahh now this is the easiest excuse to resolve, all it takes is an hour, a computer, WeNurses Twitterversity and a willingness to learn something new.
My next blog will be looking at 5 reasons why nurses should use Twitter – in the meantime please feel free to share the challenges you have faced and you resolutions via the comments box.