Nurses appear to be increasingly turning to social networks like Twitter and Facebook as a means of linking up with other members of the profession.
It has previously been suggested that nursing as a group was perhaps less ‘savvy’ with the web than other, more desk-based professions. But evidence from the RCN suggests that nurses are increasingly adopting both the web and the social networking opportunities that go with it.
According to the RCN more than 50,000 people have tuned in to watch its social networks video since it went live just two weeks ago.
The short video, launched in July, details how nurses can interact on nursing issues via Twitter, as well as reading a blog from RCN Chief executive Peter Carter’s and listening to monthly podcasts.
Dr Carter said: ‘It is important that organisations like the RCN embrace new ways of interacting with nurses to ensure that we are moving with the times. The response so far is evidence that members welcome these new initiatives.’
Additionally, as previously reported by Nursing Times, nurses are using Facebook and other social networking methods to set up specialist networks to share practice ideas and also support groups for their patients.