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