Social media can and is a wonderful and easy way to connect with people on a personal or professional basis. Most platforms are free and easy to use. It's not difficult to find people and topics of interest. People can find and connect with their peers, family, and friends. They have unlimited access to the entire world.
Before anyone begins (or continues) their adventures into the world of social media, there are a few points to be aware of as a healthcare professional. With freedom comes advantages and disadvantages.
- Connecting with anyone in the world. Simply Googling a word, topic, business, or an individual will give anyone complete access to anything they want to know. Whether they are blogging, using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other social media platform, there are people there to talk to.
- Networking has never been easier. Sharing information and learning is at anyone's fingertips. Whether they are talking to someone local or across the world, social media brings you together. Distance is no longer a problem.
- Since 80% of all internet users are looking for health information, anyone can and will reach a large audience with their outreach and posts. People want information and Nurses have plenty to give them. They are able to correspond at their convenience and have the time to do so.
- Education for Nurses and others is available. There are numerous groups and programs that offer classes and give them opportunities to learn and interact with their peers and other students.
Communication flows easily and in abundance on the internet and that's also where the disadvantages come into play.
- Privacy doesn't truly exist on the internet. Regardless of any and all security features, once something has been posted, it's there forever. Even deleting it doesn't get rid of it. It is still stored somewhere in the clouds and is never truly gone. It's crucial that a person think twice before posting. Screen shots cause the comment or post to remain forever on someone's computer.
- The risk of inaccurate information becoming a "fact" is common. It takes a bit of work and due diligence to research the accuracy of what you’re reading, but it's worth the time. A person should only share or repeat what they themselves have thoroughly researched and confirmed as accurate.
- Not HIPAA compliant. Very few software programs meet the strict guidelines for HIPAA regulations, including but not limited to Skype and Google Hangouts, texting and email. Unless the individual is discussing a patient as a Nurse and on a secure platform, one should never post anything about their patients.
Violating HIPAA regulations has resulted in healthcare professionals facing disciplinary actions such as:
- Fines levied
- Suspension from work
- Being expelled from Nursing school
- License revoked/fired
- Criminal charges being brought
Abuses on social media as a Nurse are far reaching. Whether a Nurse violates HIPAA or behaves in an improper and unprofessional manner (arguing online, breaching patient confidentiality, harassment, etc.) can and does impact not only them, but their employer and their professional affiliations as well. This can also involve the state board and violate state laws.
Posting the pictures of patients, even when their identity is concealed, has resulted in the above actions being taken against a Nurse and other healthcare professionals.
The best rule of thumb with social media is this: Remember that what you are about to post will be accessible to 7 billion people, so post as if everyone will read it. Social media can be fun as long as you understand the good and the bad.
As a nurse, how do you use Social Media?
topic 2: technology in the classroom
The improvement of new technologies has helped IBSE in furthering its scope. We have now, at our disposal, a very wide array of high-tech devises (such as laptops, digital cameras or mobile phones, among others) that can help integrate new innovative activities and lesson plans in the classroom. This revolution is affecting the way in which teachers can perform lesson activities as they can use these new gadgets in laboratory experiments, by developing new hands-on activities, when organizing field trips, etc.
And it is especially when it comes to digital technology, that those changes are more tangible. New advantages such as the flexibility, speed and store capacity of modern computers, as well as the easy access to online resources that provide teachers with a wide variety of interesting research and multimedia tools, is making STEM educators think about the new possibilities of the traditional teaching process. The opportunity to use new technological developments will do nothing but help improve inquiry-based methodologies that can include direct observation of phenomena, consulting information previously non-available; that will, in turn, help them use a wide range of skills that will be very useful for further scientific learning.
And it is also by incorporating new devices, that the traditional classroom surroundings can be used to enhance students’ interactivity and participation by giving the pupils the opportunity to be active participants instead of only passive listeners (A clear example of that, EUN's Future Classroom Lab). As a matter of a fact, teachers today’s classrooms are facing “digital natives” students: pupils that have grown up with technology and often happen to be more skilful with it than the teachers.
- Knowing how to use computers is not the same as knowing how to teach with computers. Some studies have proved that teachers are still in need of a portfolio of technology-based resources. Can you give any examples that you have used with your students?
- Every day, more and more technology gadgets are developed. (Add links) Could you tell us which are your high-tech essentials to use in the classroom?
- There is also a number of beneficial applications on the use of new technologies. From image processing to simulations, going through interactive processes or communication opportunities over the web. Tell us which of these skills do you think has been the most helpful or resourceful in your STEM lessons?
- Living in an era were change is a constant, technologies are in a constant development. Which are the main advantages and disadvantages when using new technologies in the classroom?