Given that we are in the age of technology, there is a lot of focus these days on social media. As a nurse entrepreneur, I understand this and use social media a lot in my business. Yet social media can get sticky when we intertwine patient privacy, organizational policy and personal use.
Lately there has been coverage on how not to use social media in healthcare (see the Nerdy Nurse’s post), but for this article I would like to focus on how social media can help strengthen our resiliency as nurses.
- Social media strengthens connections. Nurse resiliency doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We need our co-workers, colleagues and classmates for support and guidance. The cool thing about social media is your ‘circle’ can grow. You can make connections that you never would have from across the country, just by using social media outlets. In my own business, I have collaborated with dozens of nurses- most of whom I have never met face-to-face.
- Social media offers information. Part of being a resilient nurse is that you are able to keep up with the times, learn from your experiences and gain new information. Social media provides multiple learning channels in a variety of formats. Whether you are an auditory or visual learner, there is a video, eBook or mp3 ready and waiting for you. This can enhance your well-being as you can find tools that you can use in your busy nursing life.
- Social media invites creativity. One of the pieces of being a resilient nurse is actually having hobbies outside of work. When you find things that you are good at and love to do, that don’t necessarily have to do with nursing, you are much more likely to love and stay at your nursing role. Social media allows us to tap into our feminine energy with colorful photos, inspiring quotes and good-old-fashioned fun. It’s a wonderful outlet to relieve stress and let loose.
I know it can seem like a long shot- but social media really does impact our nursing resiliency, in more ways than one. I would love to hear what you would add to this list above. How do you see social media as being a tool to creating more health and wellness in your life?
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