Nurses and Social Media: Regulatory Concerns and Guidelines

From
Research Library
Publish Date
2011
Topic
Education, Regulation, Social Media
Description
Social Media possess tremendous potential for strengthening professional relationships and providing valuable information to health care consumers.  However, the inappropriate use of social media by nurses is causing concern among educators, employers, and regulators, and nursing organizations are beginning to develop guidelines.  When using social media, nurses must protect the patient’s rights to privacy and confidentiality and consider the potential effects of their communications on their patients, their employers, their profession, and themselves.  This article describes the professional, ethical, and legal implications of using social media inappropriately and provides guidelines from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for using them appropriately.
Authors
Rene Cronquist, JD, RN Nancy Spector, PhD, RN
Citation
Cronquist & Spector (2011). Nurses and social media: Regulatory concerns and guidelines. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 2(3), 37-40.