Do you use Facebook? Twitter? Other social media platforms? Chances are you do; the average American spends 6.9 hours per month on social media.
While some of that time is well-spent, some of it is likely not. If you’re not doing it efficiently, 6.9 hours is a lot of time to waste on social media. How could those sites work to make you more, rather than less, efficient?
Nursing students can use Twitter in a variety of ways. In addition to following friends, have you thought about following professional nursing organizations or important people in the nursing field? What if you need a laugh – did you know there are many humorous nursing-related Twitter accounts?
Following every nursing-related account on Twitter is likely impossible, but following the specific ones we list can help your prepare for your nursing career because they’ll help you stay up-to-date on the news, and the latest developments and trends within the field. Additionally, following practicing nurses can give you an insight into what you can expect during your future career. We chose these accounts with those tips in mind.
Follow these accounts to keep up on nursing news, read nursing humor and connect with other current and future nurses.
12 Nursing Twitter Accounts to Follow
1. @MaleNurseProbs – 6,727 followers* (denotes followers as of Jan. 24, 2013)
Reasons to follow: Even if you’re not a male nurse, some of these tweets will likely make you laugh. Chances are you’ll work with a male nurse at some point in your career; this account will help you understand some of the unique issues they face. If you are a male nurse, you can probably relate.
"its good to see a man working hard for a change"-elderly female RN patient— Male Nurse Problems (@MaleNurseProbs) January 9, 2013
2. @nursingpins – 4,456 followers*
Reasons to follow: The majority of tweets coming from this critical care nurse include nursing news – problems facing the industry and health breakthroughs are common topics. He’s also interested in the history of nursing and shares facts and photos (check out his Twitter background to see historical nursing pins!)
Alternative Medicine Use Common In Kids With Chronic Conditions: Study huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/alt…— Vernon Dutton (@nursingpins) January 22, 2013
3. @Bl0ndeNurse – 454 followers*
Reasons to follow: Whether she’s focused on problems with colleagues or difficult patients this nurse makes sure you know that being a nurse is a tough job sometimes. Though she has fewer followers than others on this list, you should follow her to get real on-the-job insights with no sugar coating. Beware: Sarcasm is her specialty!
Not sure if pain in my side serious, or paranoid cause well, nurse #nurseproblems— BL0NDE NURSE (@Bl0ndeNurse) January 14, 2013
4. @NurseTogether – 13,650 followers*
Reasons to follow: This account represents the website NurseTogether, which provides current and future nurses with industry news and career support. Tweets usually link to articles from the website.
How do we become more culturally competent to address the diversity amongst us? ht.ly/gZ0xb— NurseTogether.com (@NurseTogether) January 21, 2013
5. @AMJNurs – 17,890 followers*
Reasons to follow: The American Journal of Nursing will help keep you up-to-date on the latest nursing research. The fact that the tweets often come from sources outside its own publication makes it a comprehensive source for student nurses.
See"Influenza Classics" from our archives - nurses experiences in dealing with flu since 1918 bit.ly/WvtuAz— Amer Jnl of Nursing (@AmJNurs) January 10, 2013
6. @podmedic – 6,593 followers*
Reasons to follow: Follow him for nursing news from around the web. As the host of two online medical shows, his knowledge of the medical world is vast. By following his multiple daily tweets, you can be sure to always know what’s going on in the nursing world.
2 More Reasons to Keep Workers Engaged - Happy Workers are Healthier Workers bit.ly/VP2QXO— Jamie Davis (@podmedic) January 21, 2013
7. @ScrubsMagazine – 6,481 followers*
Reasons to follow: Scrubs Magazine offers varied articles on life during and after nursing school. Its Twitter feed is a roster of their current and past articles, so you’ll never miss an especially important one! The frequent use of hashtags makes it easy to follow the topics in which you’re interested.
8. @NYTimesHealth – 402,921 followers*
Reasons to follow: The New York Times is an award-winning newspaper with a thorough health section. Though not strictly nursing-related, its stories offer insight into healthcare and health research. Examples of stories you’ll find include idea on how to live healthier, results of medical drug research and new trends in healthcare.
Some Hotel Companies and Airports Start to Offer Yoga nyti.ms/TWTtnN— NYTimes Health (@nytimeshealth) January 15, 2013
9. @TheNerdyNurse – 7,210 followers*
Reasons to follow: As the moniker implies, The Nerdy Nurse is a nurse obsessed with technology. She tweets about social media, nursing tips and blogging. She’ll also point you to informative articles on her blog.
10. @ANANursingWorld – 11,552 followers*
Reasons to follow: The American Nurses Association helps nurses with information about careers, safety on the job and medical ethics. Its Twitter account provides information about free webinars and nursing conferences.
ID & prevent Shiftwork Sleep Disorder w/free webinar & earn 1.25 contact hours bit.ly/WoR81B— Nurses Association (@ANANursingWorld) January 7, 2013
11. @drsanjaygupta – 1,590,748 followers*
Reasons to follow: Though Dr. Sanjay Gupta tweets infrequently, the neurosurgeon and CNN correspondent offers insight to the medical world you won’t find elsewhere.
12. @NursingWisdom – 1,100 followers*
Reasons to follow: This account abounds with nursing humor, which might not make it a go-to when you want to use your online time more efficiently, but everyone needs a laugh sometimes, right?
@starbucks should be the official sponsor of the nursing profession.— Nursing Wisdom (@NursingWisdom) January 17, 2013
You only have 24 hours in your day, so make them count. Following these nursing Twitter accounts can help you make the most of your time; instead of visiting multiple websites and blogs, you can simply rely on your Twitter feed to keep you informed and up-to-date!
Pro Tip: Creating a Twitter list makes seeing tweets from specific people even easier.
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