Stefanie M Tanner RN, BSN
London South Bank University, UK
I am glad that the topic of social media is finally making it to forefront of healthcare especially in nursing and nursing leadership. Although the topic of nursing leadership and social media is underexplored, it is an important aspect in this generation due to the availability of information, transparency nature and shift of role independency (Moorley & Chinn, 2016). 'Developing nursing leadership in social media' is an excellent way to stress the importance of different types of leadership being effective in a time where patients as well as health care workers use social media and the internet as a primary source. Using social media to connect and communicate with nurses and patients can be a strong source for nurse leaders. Since nurses play an important role in the transmission and interpretation of knowledge within healthcare, social media allows for a quick and efficient way to reach patients as well as employees to disperse quality resources (Schmitt, Sims-Giddens & Booth 2012). This important source of transferring information can be a successful tool for nurse leaders and needs more attention and research to determine its positive affects in healthcare and nursing leadership. From my clinical experience as a nurse who transitioned into a leadership role, the use of social media can have both positive and negative implications. I have personally had nurses abuse and positively use social media in their practice.
In contrast to the information in your article, social media can be potentially dangerous and could cause problems for nurse leaders. Some research suggests that using social media in nursing can be a problem when sharing information online; social media is not a secure avenue for information which can be dangerous in transferring information for leaders (Simpson 2014). If nurse leaders can find a way to train their nurses to use social media for engagement in patient care and use caution when allowing social media in their healthcare organizations, social media can ultimately be beneficial to the organization (Simpson 2014). This information is important to me in my nursing leadership role because of the different generations I lead and different perspectives on the use on the internet at work. Thank you for bringing this information to the forefront of nursing leadership and opening the eyes of nurse leaders from all different generations.
Moorley, C., & Chinn, T. (2016). Developing nursing leadership in social media. Journal of Advanced Nursing 72, 514-520.
Schmitt, T. L., Sims-Giddens, S. S., & Booth, R. G. (2012). Social media use in nursing education. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 17(3), 1-15.
Simpson, R. L. (2014). Social media creates significant risks for nursing. Nursing Administration Quarterly 38, 96.