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.
Most recently, in the last 5 years, I have been balancing commitments as an agency nurse, who felt disconnected from the traditional nursing environment with diminishing access to peers, training and vital on-going knowledge expansion.
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 and the NMC 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.