Social Media Knowhow as a Travel Nurse

by Howard Gerber on September 14, 2017

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nurse social mediaThe use of social media can be a plus for a travel nurse. But social media can also be misused and cause problems, including the loss of your job. Understanding how to use social media to your advantage and avoid the pitfalls is essential as a travel nurse.

Use Social Media as a Tool

Social media can be a useful tool for networking. Putting the word out there that you are looking for a travel job may provide you with leads. But it’s not just useful for finding job leads; once you know where your assignment will be, your social media contacts may be helpful in locating housing.

Social media is also a place to meet people with similar interests. There are hundreds of Facebook groups where you can “meet” and connect with people. Once you land an assignment, social media is also a great way to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

Avoiding Social Media Pitfalls

Social media can also have a downside. But if you are smart about how you use it, you can avoid many of the problems. Never post information about a patient. Even if you do not use names, identifying information can get out there and cost you your job.

Also, saying inappropriate or unethical things on social media does not just apply to posts about patients. Be careful what you say about co-workers, past or present. Avoid making prejudicial statements as well, as people have lost their jobs because of discriminatory social posts in many different industries.

Keep your safety in mind. If your house will be empty, don’t post about being away on a travel assignment. Unfortunately, some people troll social media accounts looking for opportunities to commit a burglary.

Social Media Considerations

Whether you have Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, there are a few key factors to keep in mind including the following:

Consider having two accounts: Depending on what you typically post, it may be a good idea to have separate social media accounts. You can maintain some accounts for your personal business and one or two for professional use only.

Review settings: It’s also important to review privacy settings. Consider who you want to see your posts. If you don’t want strangers or friends of friends seeing what you post, change your settings.

Think twice about posting anything embarrassing: It might be fun to post your crazy vacation pictures or tweet about your wild night out. But if it’s something you would not want a potential employer to see, think twice. While you don’t have to always censor yourself, you should be mindful about what type of impression a certain picture or post may give someone.

Don’t post any comment you would not say to someone’s face: Sometimes people on social media feel they can say whatever they want, even if it is hurtful or negative. After all, the person you’re talking to is not looking you in the eye. But you should not post anything that you would not say to someone’s face. Manners should still apply even on social media.

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