Behind the Rituals
All posts from: January 2013
Trying to prevent nurses and other staff from using Twitter and Facebook in NHS settings is “unworkable” according to the health management organisation NHS Employers.
It said many trusts had previously imposed blanket bans on staff from accessing social media platforms via their IT networks. But this was now changing because smartphones allowed access to social media whenever and wherever staff wanted.
NHS Employers also noted that social media should be viewed in a positive light and not just as a potential threat to patient confidentiality, for example. It cautioned that not allowing staff to use social media could actually be bad for a trust.
“A policy of ‘no social media use at work’ could affect an individual’s level of engagement with the organisation if it separates them from professional contacts,” the guidelines stated. “Similarly, a policy of open access to social media could increase their feeling of membership of an organisation by allowing them a space in which to ask questions and discuss issues.”
What do you think?
A recent paper on end of life care in nursing homes published in Nursing Times found that “in the context of homes as communal settings, residents commonly voiced concern at the information vacuum that can surround the death of fellow residents, when they are given no information about how their life concluded or the care they received”.
When a patient dies on a hospital ward what information should you give other patients?
Last week David Cameron announced that newly qualified nurses acting as “care makers” will go into hospitals and care homes to help promote nursing values. The voluntary role builds on the success of the “games makers” at last year’s London Olympics, who volunteered to make sure the games ran smoothly.
They will act as role models and ambassadors for the professional values set out in the new nursing strategy, Compassion in Nursing, which was published at the end of last year.
The story produced a large number of negative responses on our website which raised the issue of whether experienced nurses learn from junior staff?