How to set up and use a Twitter account professionally
Intended for healthcare professionals
Evidence & Practice    

How to set up and use a Twitter account professionally

Meriel Chudleigh Lecturer in adult nursing, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, England
Ray Jones Professor of health informatics, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, England
Rationale and key points

This article encourages nurses to use Twitter to engage in professional discussions, share information and raise awareness of alternative views to enhance practice and patient care. Twitter is an online social media service that enables users to send and read 140-character messages called tweets.

Twitter is free and accessible across multiple platforms and devices, providing immediate contact with professionals, organisations and the public worldwide.

Many healthcare professionals use Twitter to share ideas and information.

Responsible use of Twitter creates opportunities to access information, discuss issues and challenge misconceptions to support professional nursing behaviours.

Reflective activity

‘How to’ articles can help update your practice and ensure it remains evidence based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of:

How you could develop your use of Twitter for professional learning and interaction with healthcare professionals and others.

How you could support a colleague to use Twitter for the first time.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10560

Correspondence

ray.jones@plymouth.ac.uk

Peer review

This article is subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 09 May 2016

Accepted: 04 August 2016

Published online: 25 October 2016

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