I qualified as a Registered Nurse in the 90s and I have practised at a variety of levels of nursing in different settings as my career and family needs have changed over the last 20 years.
Whilst working as an agency nurse I saw an opportunity in the form of social media, particularly Twitter, to connect and fill the gaps that were apparent to me working outside the NHS. Through developing nurse twitter chats with a previous employer I knew that the emerging community needed more than chats, they needed the support to change the way they use social media and help to ensure their colleagues and employers could see the value too…www.wenurses.co.uk was born.
Now I enjoy supplying support to nurses connecting via Twitter, working with NHS Trusts, the Department of Health. Public Health England, Plymouth University and the NMC (to name a few) to support the on-going creation of value social media brings to nurses and healthcare.
Social media can benefit all sorts of professional communities beyond, many projects and professions have similar issues around learning, connectivity and development and I enjoy sharing and applying the healthcare knowledge to these professions.