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Meet Nursing Times' Nurse Tweeter of the Year 2014

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We asked healthcare professionals within the Twitter community to nominate who they felt deserved to be crowned “Nurse Tweeter of the Year 2014”

Just under 100 nominations were made and these were shortlisted to 20 inspiring tweeters.

After a tough few weeks of voting, #HelloMyNameIsJoan was announced the winner with 29% of the final votes and was treated to a luxury hamper courtesy of Nursing Times.

Since winning, Joan has told us just what Twitter means to him and how it can benefit nursing:


Would you be surprised if I told you that I only joined twitter in June 2013? Less than two years ago!

But from that moment I have never look back - it has transformed my career.

One of the main issues that the NHS faces today is lack of engagement and low morale from its frontline staff.

For me, the solution is easy: TWITTER!

Social media allows NHS organisations, patients and staff to engage directly with each other without hierarchy. It is the most effective way to share information including news, events and public health messages.

With Twitter, the world is in the palm of your hands. It used to be difficult to keep up-to-date with what was happening outside of your own place of work, but Twitter has changed all that.

If you want to announce something publicly to the world, Twitter is usually the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to do it. Meaning anybody with an interest in what you’re doing can have instant access to that information.

On a more personal note, Twitter has brought me opportunities that I could only dream of and has enabled me to work on amazing projects and to reach out to new people. It has empowered me and helped me become a better nurse.

“The power of Twitter lies in the community behind it”

But Twitter alone can’t do anything for you so don’t just sign up and expect miracles to happen. There has to be a purpose behind the tweets; this isn’t the Wizard of Oz!

What has transformed me is not Twitter itself, it’s the people behind it, the amazing people who have supported and encouraged me on a daily basis.

The power of Twitter lies in the community behind it.

We are constantly reminded that we need to work more efficiently and effectively, to do more with less. Unless frontline staff feel supported and engaged, the organisations will fail to achieve this.

When you ask frontline staff how they feel, a common word keeps repeating: stressed! When stress goes up, passion automatically goes down and the ability to go the extra mile disappears.

Organisations need to realise that the answer is not far and is available to everyone for free on their mobile phone.

When you surround yourself with people who believe what you believe then something magic happens. Trust emerges and when we have trust we become more confident, we are able to take more risks and experiment and explore knowing that somebody in our Twitter community will watch our back, help when we fall and be there for us.

That is the true power of twitter and I am a clear example.

Before Twitter I thought I was alone trying to change the world. I was on my crusade and for a lot of years I didn’t manage to make any progress. That’s now changed.

Why not give Twitter a try? It’s free, fun, and worth your time to experiment and I will be there to welcome you and join you on your journey.


Joan tweets at: @TheBestJoan


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