Social Media Use in Nursing Education

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Since the chronological development of technology offers communication and ease of connectivity, the numbers of users as well as nurses are engaging in social media more in recent years. Social media refers to a web based system with social networking, connection building (person to person), blogging, event sharing etc. It is a rising technology and unique platform for communication with others. Nurses have indicative role in social media platform for discussing health care policy, recognition, interpretation and transmission of knowledge and exchanging information regarding healthcare. The advance of technology provides the benefit to cope with nursing and other healthcare disciplines. In USA, American Nurses Association (ANA) social media toolkit has been developed by TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform) and Nursing informatics toolkit developed by the National League for Nursing (NLN). The purpose of these initiatives is to assist nursing educators for guiding nursing informatics courses including several social networking sites. Also in Canada, eHealth toolkit has developed by Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) to aid the educators for integrating informatics content in undergraduate nursing course.

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Social Media Use in Nursing Education, Seekyt

These developed tools are the resources in nursing education and mainly used by instructors and students for curriculum activities. Through this platform, students can create a voice exploring ideas and offering services. Social media offers mechanisms for collaboration, networking, and learning not previously available to faculty or students. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, blogs offer file sharing, content sharing, and event sharing and focus suggestion and user recommendation for nursing concern. The objective of this article is the significant representation of technology implication specifically social media in nursing education for collaborating nurses in medical awareness and also for guiding people regarding health care policy through online.

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Social Media Use in Nursing Education, Seekyt
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