The whole topic of social media definitely has its critics. A good way to keep in touch? Efficient way to share information; important, personal, useless information? ALL of the above occurs through the different social media platforms. Sure it can be fun, but anyone that considers themselves a professional in any trade need to act with caution and really think about what you are posting and who will/could see it before you hit “submit” “post” or “enter”. If you work in an industry that deals with the public, private records and confidentiality, you really should keep the social aspect out of your professional life and conduct.
As nursing professionals you are dealing with sensitive subjects and private records and although it may seem obvious that you shouldn’t disclose or share ANYTHING involving your patients, and what goes on at work..sometimes things happen. Although this is a bit dramatic, this educational video put together by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing paints the picture and may bring up scenarios that you may not have ever thought about but could see happening.. Take a moment to watch and share with your fellow nursing professionals.
The National Student Nurses’ Association also published a set of recommendations for Social Media Usage: http://www.nsna.org/Portals/0/Skins/NSNA/pdf/NSNA_Social_Media_Recommendations.pdf
If you are a single parent and going to school, take a look at this guide that is full of helpful tips for single parents. Ways to save money, stories and profiles of other students that are also single parents. It’s hard enough to support yourself, and to add children, a job and school to the mix can be difficult and feel like it’s impossible. There’s even a section with scholarships for single parents!
Came across this great BLOG post. This blogger offered some tips for Incoming Students. Not all tips are going to apply, but there are some great take aways. It’s always nice to hear how others deal and prepare for new ventures… Do you have anything words of wisdom for new students? I would add: sit closer to the front, it’s not like high school where the “cool kids” always sit in the back. You’re paying for this now; get as much as you can out of your classes, your teachers and your school’s resources. Which leads me to the next point, don’t skip classes, especially if you are in a program that is accelerated, it is too easy to fall behind. Another tip, don’t be afraid to ask questions, again that’s what you are paying your instructors for – to provide you knowledge that you couldn’t get else where. You have to take advantange of all of your resources because it’s a competitive job market out there, you want to shine and rise above the rest, and you have the ability to do that. It just takes a little time and effort, and you’ll reap the benefits.