How to use Discord

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As you may have seen, I have created a server on Discord called the Student Nurse Academy. This server is for all student nurses and newly qualified nurses to get involved with. There are text chat rooms where you can ask advice and support on things such as assignments and placements, allowing you to receive real-time support from other student nurses. You can also chat socially with other student nurses from around the world! I know that many of you may not have been on Discord before so I have created this step by step guide on how to use it that I hope you will find useful!

  1. Create a Discord account – download the app on your phone or computer and choose a username (you can change this later on). Remember to verify your email to allow you full access to the servers chat rooms.
  2. Customise your account – you’ve verified your email address and now you’re good to go! Add a profile picture of your choice and connect apps such as Facebook or Spotify if you wish to do so! blog picture 2
  3. Join the server – you can join the server through the invite link, this takes you straight to the introductions chat for you to tell us a little bit about yourself! Your servers will appear on the left hand side of the screen.blog picture 1
  4. Start chatting! – join one of the chat rooms on the left hand side of your screen and write a message. All the chat rooms are text chats, except coffee club which is a voice channel. You can jump in there and chat with other student nurses, kind of like a big Skype call 😂 If you don’t feel comfortable using the voice channel, stick to the text chats! If the chat names appear in bold, this means there are messages in there you have not seen.blog picture 3
  5. Build friendships – the main aim of this server is to bring student nurses together and to create friendships. Asking for advice is important and a part of this server, but gaining a support network is the main aim. You can chat about anything you want to in the general chit-chat ward, from what pets you have to what Harry Potter house you belong to (I’m a Slytherin for anyone interested 😂). I’ve made many friends through social media and want to help make this a possibility for other student nurses.

Why not use Facebook/Twitter/Instagram like we are now?

I wanted to create an area where student nurses can just chat, a little bit like a Whatsapp group but without needing to share your phone number with ‘strangers’. Twitter/Facebook/Instagram require a little bit of work from yourself to start conversations, you need to post a status, tweet or picture for people to interact with, that’s if your friends see them with the current algorithms. Here on Discord, you can just jump into a chat and join in. Discord is a safe place where you don’t even need to divulge the university you study at if you do not wish to. Discord is easy to use and you don’t even need to receive notifications if you’re easily distracted like me. Pop in and out of the chats whenever you want to and interact with people. You can @username to direct a message towards a specific user and react to people’s messages. You don’t even need to download an app, you can just use this when on a computer through the web interface.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have!

Love,

T x

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