Let's get social

As I have admitted to you here I am a swirling mass of contradictions and while I think we do, as a workforce need to be open, honest and brave about how we use our phones, I do think social media can be a force for good.

This is a great summary of the various platforms from a business perspective and some ideas for how nurses in particular can use social media are captured here. TED of course has lessons for us with this playlist and this talk just for Twitter

The Nursing and Midwifery council have guidance on the use of social media and we must realise that today we cannot hide from view and we are often only a google search away. How we behave and conduct ourselves online matters, what we like, follow and share is there for all to see.

Conferences are often big on using social media to share, learn and connect and that is one of the forces for good. As with everything in life, there has to be balance, a dark side to counterbalance the light. It can be distracting, depressing, silly and hateful. We do have control of what we read, share, follow and that can make all the difference.

So taking a brave step to share with you, here is where I am on social media

Twitter

I was introduced, well I say introduced, it was a mandatory requirement for this workshop. So I signed up and left it be for over a year until I found myself back at another IHI conference. I hadn't read this at the time but I think I stuck pretty close and had a little Twitter sensation (in my world) with this tweet. Take a look at the comments/replies. I learnt a lot in a couple of days, context is everything and there is little context on Twitter.

I think there are heaps of amazing good stuff shared on Twitter. I follow health care folks and get some great links to useful articles, posters and ideas.

Of course, the 'hello my name is' campaign started on Twitter and Kate Granger admitted to being a Twitter addict. That campaign has stormed the world and made an incredible difference.

So why aren't we all on Twitter? Maybe this info-graphic here as to why nurses don't use Twitter gives some clues.

Tempted?

If you want to get started on Twitter this ABC could get you going. Take a look at Helen Bevan and Teresa Chinn for some wonderful healthcare content

Facebook

I probably have the most connections on Facebook so I think really carefully about how I use it. As well as being a great way to keep in contact with people I use it to share uplifting and hopefully useful content from the folks at Unstuck, Stop, breathe and think and Mindful.Org

I do believe Facebook offers healthcare a great opportunity because so many people use this platform, it can be a good way to get messages out to people.

LinkedIn

If I said I find LinkedIn useful as my portable walking CV I think I would be undervaluing it but that is a big plus for me. I can never remember when I moved from what job when. It is a great place for business related content and for making connections within the organization you work for and beyond. There are heaps of healthcare related content shared and has a different feel, purpose and user group to Twitter.

Pinterest

Now I think this is a missed opportunity. Yes, it's pictures. It was sold to me as online scrapbook. I kept scrapbooks so I loved this and took to immediately. Often not a go to for healthcare, leadership or business matters but there is some good stuff to be found. Yes, you have to check the links and some stuff is no good but it is great for images, quotes and ideas. Check out the boards on leadership and patient safety.

In the interests of full disclosure, I am on Instagram, but seriously it's just pictures of my cats.

Katie Quinney