Social media is a fantastic way to interact with student nurses from different universities, who are at the same point in their journey as you or at an entirely different point. There are many platforms that can be used to network with student nurses and qualified healthcare professionals:
Facebook – groups such as Student Nurse Journeys & Beyond or the Royal College of nursing students are great places to ask questions or find out information. Request to join them and then post a little bit about yourself including which university you are studying at and what year you are in.
Twitter – Create an account, upload a photo and update your bio with some interesting information about yourself. People then know who they are chatting with. As you progress through your degree you will be able to offer advice to people beginning as student nurses. Tweets are limited to 280 characters so you quickly learn to be concise about what you are trying to say. Start by following your lecturers and other classmates, then go on to look for other student nurses/midwives. Interesting accounts to follow are:
@WeNurses , @WeStudentNurse, @WeMidwives, @WeMHNurses, @NurChat , @theRCN , @nmcnews , @NHS , @NHSMillion and many others!
There are nursing tweet chats often held by @WeNurses, as well as #teabrief with @WeStudentNurse. You don’t need to tweet you can just observe the conversations but it’s a fab way to find other student nurses, find up-to-date news for your field of nursing and share information about your experiences. If you include the # on your tweets, everyone following the # can see them. There is also #StNProject and #WeStNs for us student nurses 😊
You can also access journals, they will post a synopsis of the journal article which helps you to decide which ones to read instead of having to look through lots of articles.
Instagram – Instagram is a photo sharing site, people often use # on their pictures and by clicking on one of these you can find all the photos using the #. I often have a look through the #studentnurse or the #adultnursing ones which allows me to find other student nurses on there and follow them.
Finding other people who are on the same journey as you allows you to build a great support network which can help in times where you may feel there is only you struggling with assignments/placement or any other worries you may have. Finding qualified nurses/other professionals who work in the areas you may be interested in also let’s you ask questions about these areas.
You can also discover new ideas or developments in healthcare which you may be able to take into your placement areas. You could use them in your assignments if they are able to be used as sources of information.
I hope you find this guide to social media useful and let me know any tips you have! You can follow me on twitter @flamingcopper