Nurse Recruitment and Nurse Retention Tool: Insist Professionalism on Social Media
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 14th, 2013
The onslaught of social networking has introduced a whole new level of unethical behavior. Last year, a nursing assistant in Oregon spent a week in jail for posting photos of elderly or disabled patients to her Facebook profile. In California, four staff members were fired in 2012 for similar offenses.
Cases like these seem to be springing up throughout the country. Three medical centers in southern California have faced investigations in recent years after employees improperly accessed patient records, including some for celebrity patients, according to a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times. One Facebook update read, “I just cared for a cop killer.”
In response to these cases, staff members are increasingly asked to sign social media agreements.
We must insist that nurses, nursing assistants and all healthcare workers be held to a high standard of etiquette. It is a privilege to care for others and we must honor that privilege with professional behavior in all walks of our life. We need to recruit people up to this task.
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