Twitter is full of nurses. But when I told some non-nursing friends this, they didn’t believe me.
Nursing is seen as traditional and professional, whereas Twitter’s reputation is built more on tales of scandal and pictures of cats. It’s associated more with Kim Kardashian than Edith Cavell.
But, as well as being a provider of by-the-minute celebrity gossip, it’s also a valuable tool for sharing best practice and debating Jeremy Hunt and Dan Poulter’s latest scheme.
Almost daily, we receive tweets from nurses and students looking for advice – a quick retweet will result in dozens of answers from nurses and other health professionals eager to offer their support. Nurses who, without Twitter, would never have been able to connect.
This is why we’re launching Nursing Times’ Nurse Tweeter of the Year 2014.
We’re inviting all nurses and student nurses (sorry no organisations, just individuals only) to put themselves, or their colleagues, forward as Nurse Tweeter of the Year. All you need to do is tell us in 140 characters why you, or your nominee, should win – a character limit you should be comfortable with!
As well as the chance to win a luxury hamper from Waitrose, this is your opportunity to boost your following, increase your influence and demonstrate thought leadership. Twitter is being used more and more by nursing leaders and Nursing Times’ Nurse Tweeter of the Year will be someone who shows excellent communication skills and an ability to not only adapt to new ways of working, but to embrace change and make the absolute most of the tools available to you.
Entries close at midnight Saturday 15 November and the Nursing Times team will then shortlist 20 tweeters. But that’s the only input we’ll have – from then on it’s down to you and your followers to choose who deserves the Nurse Tweeter of the Year crown.
After all, it’s your opinion that matters; you decide who is worth following.
Here’s what happens next:
17 - 24 November: FIRST HEAT
10 of the shortlisted tweeters will be randomly chosen for the first heat, which is open to public vote. You will be able to visit this site to vote for who you think should get through to the semi-final, and invite your followers to do the same.
The five with the most votes will go through.
24 November - 1 December: SECOND HEAT
The second team of 10 face the public vote. As in the first heat, only the five with the most votes will go through – regardless of how many votes those in the first heat receive.
1 - 8 December: SEMI-FINAL
The five top-rated tweeters from each heat will again face the public vote – votes from the first round won’t count so you’ll be testing your followers’ dedication by asking them to again help you get through (voting takes just seconds so not a huge ask!)
8 - 15 December: FINAL
The scores are reset and the top 3 highest-rated tweeters battle it out as their followers are asked for the final time to vote for who deserves to be NT’s Nurse Tweeter of the Year.
Monday 15 December: Winner announced
This will be based solely on votes received in the final; the highest number of votes at midnight Sunday 14 December will be Nursing Times’ Nurse Tweeter of the Year 2014.
Good luck to all our entrants!