Curating @nursingSUni

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From Monday 29th May 2017, I curated the @nursingSUni twitter account. Curating is logging into an account and tweeting for a period of time. The account is a partnership between academic staff and nursing students. You can be a student at any university across the country, it does not have to be Salford and you are supported by Wendy Sinclair (@wlasinclair) and Moira McLoughlin (@levylass) throughout. They are in the background all week should you need any advice or guidance.

 

I found the opportunity through twitter and decided to apply. To apply all you need to do is message the account and go from there. You can pick the week you would like to curate and the weeks run from 7:00am Monday to 6:59am the following Monday. It is a fantastic opportunity that allows you to interact with a wide range of people, other student nurses interacted with me and were curious about how my uni did things differently to theirs. I followed these students so I now have a good network of student nurses/midwives on twitter, although I am always looking to finding more 😊 I also interacted with qualified healthcare professionals who gave me some great advice about my future career goals.

In the days leading up to my week, I was emailed my username and password for the account and some advice on what/what not to tweet about. There are minimal restrictions on what you can tweet about, however all tweets must stay within the NMC social media code and should be relevant to being a student nurse. I refrained from posting or retweeting anything containing political views, especially as it was the week before the general election and there was a lot of political talk on twitter. I tweeted about things such as what my day at uni consisted of, how I like to participate in self-care and also how I revise for exams. I just tweeted away as if I was on my own account but remained mindful that this was an university account and my tweets would reach a wider audience than on my own account. I also participated in a couple of We Nurses twitter chats whilst curating which were both relevant to me, one was around student self care and the other was about how to keep safe on social media.

I received some lovely feedback from my week on the account which I have included below. I thoroughly enjoyed my week and would love to do it again later on in the year when I have completed a few blocks on placement and feel like I have more experience to talk about.

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If anyone would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact me @flamingcopper or the university account @nursingSUni!

Love,

T x

The benefits of social media

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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:

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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. 

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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. 

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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

Love,

T x