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Nearly half of nurses reveal their job online

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Just under half of nurses, midwives and health visitors state their profession on social media sites, according to survey findings.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council guidance on social media advises those who choose to identify themselves “as a nurse or midwife on Facebook” to “act responsibly at all times and uphold the reputation of your profession” .

According to a Nursing Times survey of 915 people, 46% said they identified themselves as a nurse, midwife or health visitor, while 86% identified themselves by their own name, rather than using a pen name.

The majority, 92%, said they used security settings to protect the level of information about themselves from social media users - as recommended by the NMC.

Most respondents - 70% - said they did not discuss nursing or work-related issues via social media. Of those who did, 55% used it to express views on nursing or health politics, 48% to discuss professional and clinical practice issues, 27% to express views or stories about their working life and 1% to pursue a romantic relationship with a colleague.

Asked how regularly they used social media sites, 59% said every day and 18% said weekly, while 11% said never.

Social media was used most regularly by respondents aged 17-25 and least often by those aged over 40.

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  • I am proud to be a nurse, and am happy to let the world know it

    I am however sensible enough only to write(if anything) on social websites about general issues - never patient/staff/organisational issues

    what is the big deal about telling the world that you are a nurse?

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  • I agree with the above comment, however, as registered health professionals we have a code of conduct that stipulates media publicity should not be utilised without appropriate consent. Yes we are all at liberty to pursue social interaction without causing a breach of our professional conduct or causing public distress! Self moderating is called for and common sense.

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  • Anyone else fancy joining my sweepstake to predict when the NMC strikes off or suspends enough nurses for social networking misconduct to force the NHS to go looking overseas for RNs?

    As soon as one registrant is struck off for an online indiscretion everyone else guilty of the same thing should go. This could be a Pandora's Box that perhaps the NMC and the DoH eventually wishes had never been opened.

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  • "The majority, 92%, said they used security settings to protect the level of information about themselves from social media users - as recommended by the NMC."

    If 92% are switched on and protecting themselves what on earth is everyone getting lathered up about? I'm not sure if this hysteria is more akin to the Salem Witch trials or the McCarthyism of Cold War America!!!

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  • Just use your noggin when your on social networking sites! I do not discuss my work on the bus, or in the street so nor will i discuss it on facebook or twitter!! A nurse is a professional and professionals should know how to behave.

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  • "The majority, 92%, said they used security settings to protect the level of information about themselves from social media users - as recommended by the NMC."

    If 92% are switched on and protecting themselves what on earth is everyone getting lathered up about? I'm not sure if this hysteria is more akin to the Salem Witch trials or the McCarthyism of Cold War America!!!

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  • how safe are the security settings?

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  • You should be proud to say you are a nurse. After all it asks for your occupation. It would look worse to lie about what you do because friends would wonder what you are hiding. I once joined facebook though anonymously so I could keep updated with what family were doing but I never posted myself. Then I found out family were able to track me down to be friends so I cancelled as I didn't want to be involved.

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  • Anonymous | 27-Jul-2011 9:58 am

    I was asked to be a friend but simply ignored it which I imagine would not be a problem?

    As far as joining anonymously to track friends but contribute nothing oneself, is this OK? to me this appears one sided if one seeks information about someone without being prepared to divulge anything about oneself.

    Re Occupation. if you don't want to disclose this can you not omit this completely, this is not the same as lying about it. there are several instances throughout life where occupation is asked but it is not always necessary to disclose it if you do not wish to.

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  • @ Anonymous | 27-Jul-2011 9:58 am

    proud to reveal your occupation on social media, but not your name on nt! ;)

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