According to the World Economic Formwebsite, Facebook has an estimated amount of 1.
8 billion monthly activesubscribers making it the world’s most popular social media platform by far.(Hutt, 2017) Initially Facebook was intended to keep family and friendsconnected despite long distance, several years later Facebook is now known forits resourcefulness such as marketing, promoting and many more. When usedproperly Facebook has proven to be an enhanced way to communicate, collaborate,and allow sharing of content globally. (Starringhaus,2011) Whenspeaking of social media and the healthcare system there is an interesting correlationbetween the two. It has become much more common for employers to actually screenpotential candidates for nursing opportunity using their social media pages.
Withinthe healthcare system it is now being encouraged that healthcare providers(HCPs) really take full advantage of the variety social media sites out now. Itis through those sites HCPs can find out about funding programs, courses,breaking news and clinical evidence. (“Navigate theSocial Media Maze”, 2012) Which will allow the HCP’s to always be up todate with evidence based practices. Unfortunately,even though Facebook can be very useful and resourceful if used inappropriatelyit can cause major damage to those using the sites. Inappropriate use ofFacebook has caused Reputations to be ruined, business relationshipto end, and large amount of people developing addictions towards social. TheSocial Networking website list several risk that users may have such as lack ofprivacy.
Based on statistics provided 48% of people using Facebook reported havingsome difficulty in managing their privacy setting. This issues can eventuallylead to private information mistakenly posted on display for the publicviewing. (“Social Network Sites”, 2017).
Itis also true when speaking of the correlation that social media and thehealthcare system has. According to “A Guardian Healthcare survey” in 2011there were as many as 72 disciplinary actions relatedto social media were carried out. (“Navigate the SocialMedia Maze”, 2012) The survey went on to explain that some staff werehaving inappropriate conversation via Facebook about confidential matter, and postingof pictures from workplaces were found on their pages. In many cases nurseswould be terminated from their position for violating their facilityguidelines.Thereforeit is imperative that new nurses cominginto the professional field of healthcare are well educated on how to conductthemselves on social media especially in regards to that of posting pictures of their workplace, anddiscussion confidentially information. Inconclusion, even though Facebook can be very helpful in some aspects in thehealthcare system, it is also very important that healthcare providers arecautions while using social media.
Nurses must understand they are liable for eachand every word, photo and video of themselves that they post.