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Nurse Tweeter of the Year 2014 - winner announced


Shortlist and the final winner


#HelloMyNameIsJoan - @TheBestJoan

“You can feel his passion for nursing on his tweets Love his direct style & interaction.Very informative. He has inspired me to be a better nurse”


The Nursing Times team shortlisted the NTOTY nominees based on number of times nominated, number of followers, how active that person is on Twitter and their level of engagement and of course the reason for their nomination.

The Nurse Tweeter of the Year 2014 shortlisted nominees are (in no particular order):


Gerry Weider - @GerryWieder

“Tweets current & broad healthcare issues, is informative, collaborates, approachable, funny, ambitious and thoughtful!”

Sheena Byrom - @SageFemmeSB

“Sheena’s energy and passion for midwifery are shared productively, for good, on social media. She rocks :)”

Teresa Chinn - @AgencyNurse

“Her passion to drive us all as a community to use this space to develop, learn & bind us is amazing, with compassion for peers and patients too”

Gerry - @Archangelolill

“Consistently high quality tweets concerning everything NHS related, demonstrating a real commitment to inform”

Leslie Gelling - @Leslie_Gelling

“Uses Twitter to share the everyday life of a nurse, academic, researcher, research ethicist and journal editor - good, bad or amusing”

Pam Nelmes - @Pam007Nelmes

“Pam is an unrecognised early pioneer. Her work with HCP undergrads using social media deserves recognition”

Beth Hawkes - @BHawkesRN

“Has been inspiring, encouraging, and entertaining RNs on Twitter since 2009. A gifted writer”

Wendy Sinclair - @WaSinclair

“Wendy is a nursing tutor that I very much admire. You can see from her tweets the enthusiasm and dedication she has for her students”

Lucy Marsters - @LucyJMarsters

“As a dementia champion, Lucy shares generously and kindly, pushing nurses to think about how we can be better”

June Girvin - @JuneinHE

“A brilliantly inspiring nursing academic who values transparency and debate”

David Foord - @DGFoord

“I need him on prescription. Also provides up-to-date relevant info, he encourages students so positively & always replies. He is wonderful”

Anne Cooper - @anniecoops

“Inspiring, thought-provoking tweets that are not only useful and relevant but witty and real. Anne has a way of engaging people”

Furious Nurse - @FuriousNurse

“@Furiousnurse is a strong truth tweeter full of sarcasm, real talk and things that matter”

#HelloMyNameIsJoan - @TheBestJoan

“You can feel his passion for nursing on his tweets Love his direct style & interaction.Very informative. He has inspired me to be a better nurse”

David Barton - @Bartontd

“For the amazing information he shares, amazing support and daily dose of humour”

Emma Vincent - @Emma_Rehab

“Emma’s regular tweets of love & wisdom, share best practice, historical nursing pics & helpful info amongst colleagues and friends”

Donna Mullikin - @DonnaNewcross

“Donna has really helped me understand twitter and show me how it can be used as a powerful tool to connect, communicate and learn”

Steve Hams - @sphams

“A great authentic and visible nursing leader using #SoMe to engage creatively with patients and staff, inspired by others & always learning”

Derek T Baron - @DTBarron

“I engage with nurses, role model leadership with Twitter -encourage sharing & learn via social media, encourage professional networking”

Katy Beckford - @KatyBeckford

“An inspiring rising twitter star who has embraced twitter as a tool 4 education,sharing,networking & engaging nurses from across the globe”

“If Katy had no arms she would be tweeting with her toes”














Readers' comments (6)

  • @Furiousnurse - 100% Engaged, Best on Twitter, Actually Cares About the People

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  • @Furiousnurse

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  • Does social media deserve the attention you are giving it, 2 comments. You must be disappointed with the lack of reach this article is having? These activities only involve the already engaged and as you are so nice to each other and keep patting each other on the back, while the majority of the disengaged nursing workforce couldn't give a damn.

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  • You're right, this competition is aimed at nurses who use Twitter as a networking tool and to share best practice. We fully accept that those who this doesn't apply to will not wish to participate. For those who do, we hope that this will give them opportunity to celebrate the positives that have come from social media.

  • Is it just me or are the shortlisted 'tweets' a bit saccharin? To sweet to be wholesome.
    Cannot vote for any of them in good conscience without knowing the story behind each one.

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  • No need to apologise. We realise not all nurses are on Twitter and this particuar competition is aimed at those who are. Thanks for commenting.

  • Are there any 'whistleblowing tweeters' in the finalist list?
    One of the positives of Social Media is that negative comments have to be validated and justifiable. There are no negative comments. All the tweets are individualised.
    If Social Media is the new forum of Nursing Practice and Science then only say good things about one person. And is 'Nursing Practice' on Twitter now? No research, application, peer review or publication?
    This is Social Media and I trust everyone will tell how wonderful my comment is? :-)

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  • Anonymous 3 Dec
    Your comment is wonderful. I do hereby award you 'Nurse Comment of the Year' x

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