For better or worse, social media is a huge part of our lives. And while you may long for the days when you weren’t tethered to your phone, there are some advantages to embracing the world of social media in your nursing career, as well as in your personal life.
For instance, you can use social media for professional networking, for getting inspiration from other nurses, and even for educating yourself in your chosen specialty.
Perhaps the most important benefit of all is being able to find other people who get "it." Because, sometimes, all you can do is laugh to survive in this career. So keep swiping and scrolling and read on for some of the best social media accounts you need to be following as a #nurse.
The 15 Best Nursing Social Media Accounts To Follow in 2019
No matter what social platform you prefer to use, we found the 15 best nursing influencers who cover everything from resources and education to inspiration. Some of our influencers came recommended from fellow nurses, others have the following that speaks for themselves, and still others are newcomers who have yet to be “discovered,” so you’ll get a good mix of everything. And, of course, we found the influencers who you can always count on to give you a few laughs, too.
The 3 Best Nursing Influencers on Facebook
Tara Allen Health: Nurses are notorious for taking care of other people and then promptly scarfing down “comfort food” lunches and snacks to get through their shift. Allen offers meal plans and nutrition tips that are simple and easy to implement.
Funny Nurses: Because laughter truly is the best medicine.
Surviving Nursing School With Nurse Angie: If you’re a nursing student looking for some help and support along the way, or if you’re a veteran nurse wanting to impart their knowledge, you can join Nurse Angie’s Facebook group. According to Angie, the group offers nursing students plenty of opportunity to connect with other nursing students, as well as educators with weekly live chats, feeds, NCLEX prep, and pre-nursing education sessions. And as an added bonus? The group even features free tutoring. Can you say “Acing your next exam?”
The 3 Best Nursing Influencers on Instagram
@nurse.blake: Along with being hilarious to follow, Nurse Blake also has the tagline, “Nurses Support Their Young,” which pretty much sums up the supportive nature of his account.
@mommy.labornurse: She has memes, she has videos, but she also has some valid education and information for nurses and moms-to-be alike. So you could say she has it all.
@kelsdzr: A CCU RN currently in grad school, “Kels” is on a mission to help nurses incorporate exercise into their overly busy lives. To prove it, she posts videos of her working out during her shifts. (Yes, really.) Along with detailed posts on “Meal Prep Mondays” with meals she preps for her week, Kels posts full workouts that can be done in a hospital for nurses during their shifts, at-home exercises, and plenty of inspiration about why it’s important to stay healthy as a nurse so you can properly care for your patients.
The 3 Best Nursing Influencers on LinkedIn
Lippincott NursingCenter.com: This professional account details everything from personal stories from real-life nurses and CE updates to important industry news that affect all nurse specialties.
RNJobSite.com: Looking for a nursing job? Follow along for hourly job postings in every area and state across the U.S.
Nurse Authors: If you dream of becoming a published author, this is where you can connect with other scribes. You can learn from their experience, get inspiration and support, and then pay it forward to future newbies. The group lists that its primary goals are to promote literary excellence in nursing; encourage authorship and writing for, by, and about nurses and nursing experiences; educate patients and nurses through fiction and creative nonfiction; and support and encourage other nurse authors and those who want to write.
The 3 Best Nursing Influencers on Pinterest
The Dr. Nurse: This influencer has workouts and educational pins to help you learn heart rhythms. She also has weekly nursing tips, so you’ll find yourself constantly learning with this account.
Mother Nurse Love: If you’re a mom and a nurse, these boards feature advice on how to avoid burnout and maintain a realistic work-life balance with kids in the mix.
Scrubs Magazine: Similar to the show (yet no affiliation), this account is throwing down nurse style, laughs, and plenty of inspiration.
The 3 Best Nursing Influencers on Twitter
@ANANursingWorld: This is the official Twitter account of the American Nurses Association, and it’ll keep you up to date on important legislation, policies, and news that will affect your career as a nurse.
Monica McLemore (@mclemoremr): Dr. Monica McLemore is an associate professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department and an affiliated scientist with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to maintaining clinical practice at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, she also conducts regular research focused on understanding reproductive health, rights, and justice. McLemore’s work on initiatives such as the Black Mamas Matter Alliance are advancing the dire and important cause of addressing the unacceptably high rates of maternal morbidity of black women.
@Allnurses: According to their bio, this account features a nursing community that’s over 5 million nurses deep and focuses on nurse-to-nurse networking each month. As a Twitter follower, you’ll gain insight into forum discussions, where nurses from all over post specialty-specific questions and issues. For example, one recent forum discussion focused on dealing with swollen fingers in your patients. The feed also posts important news updates for RNs and NPs, features user questions and feedback, and even job postings.
Social Media Guidelines for Nurses: 10 Tips To Keep in Mind
While social media is commonplace in everyday life these days -- even for nurses -- it’s worth remembering that anything online is part of the public domain. Because of this, posting anything on social media regarding work or personal lives does carry some inherent risk for nurses. In fact, several nurses have even been fired for posting on social media, most commonly for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) by posting private medical information about patients online. (Don’t believe us? See this Texas nurse who was fired for her anti-vaccine post, and this nurse from Oklahoma who was fired for racist remarks she posted online.) In addition to being fired, violating HIPAA also carries a risk of a hefty civil fine, up to $500,000 per violation.
Bottom line: As a medical professional who uses social media, you have to commit to keeping your posts professional. So, whether you’re interested in growing your own social presence or simply interacting with others on different social media platforms, just be sure to keep these official tips from the American Nurses Association in mind:
- Tip #1: Never share any information that could identify a patient, coworker, or patient’s family member.
- Tip #2: Do not share any information or photos that have resulted from the patient-nurse relationship.
- Tip #3: Avoid blurring professional boundaries by “friending” or otherwise engaging with patients online.
- Tip #4: Don’t use employer networks to access social media.
- Tip #5: Make it a rule not to post anything you wouldn’t say in-person to your boss, coworkers, or patients.
- Tip #6: Know and abide by your individual place of employment’s social media policies.
- Tip #7: Try not to identify your place of employment online.
- Tip #8: Do not make negative remarks about any patient, coworker, or family member online.
- Tip #9: Consider using all available privacy filters for your own content to be shared with friends, to avoid the potential for misuse.
- Tip #10: Use common sense and keep it professional.