The use of electronic communication has expanded exponentially in the recent couple of years as the number of the available social media platforms and outlets continue to increase. Today, it is possible for individuals to use social networking sites, online chat rooms, blogs, and forums to communicate both at a personal and a professional manner with others.
When used wisely, social media is a valuable and exciting tool. However, it is important to note that social media has both disadvantages and advantages and this also applies to the nursing profession.
Gone are the days where lectures were held in classrooms. Today, with the introduction of e-Learning, it is now possible for students to actively participate in lectures within the comfort of a home. Indeed social media has produced a great impact on the society and in particular, the education sector. Not only students but nurse practitioners are also benefiting from this use of social media.
- Communicate Easily
Online technological tools make it possible for nursing students and educators to communicate easily and share information. Currently, there are many online nursing programs that allow students to discuss their class work using Google Hangouts. The working nursing students are able to find peers who are in the same field from different spheres of the world and share their experiences.
- Engage in Discussions
Social media has enabled learning experiences to no longer be limited to the physical walls of classrooms. For instance, Twitter allows students to engage in discussions, share resources, ask questions and also collaborate in completing class assignments.
- Saves Time
Classroom meeting can be hosted by taking full advantage of various online tools which saves the students' and educators' time and money for traveling. When faced with difficulties, social media provides a good source of practical and emotional support where students and nursing professionals share different experiences with each other. It is also important to note that social media not only helps in the exchange of information and ideas during learning but after completion of the course studies, it helps in finding jobs.
In the health care setting, social media use is quite beneficial in a variety of ways that include promoting timely patient communications, enhancing patient education as well as fostering professional connections. Through these platforms, nurses gain the confidence to express their concerns, reflect and seek assistance from their fellow colleagues.
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