Back by Popular Demand: Guidelines for Using Social Media

Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE & Nancy Specter, RN



Last year, 33 state boards received complaints of nurses who violated patient privacy while using social media. The majority of these boards took action. Nurses are increasingly using social networking to share workplace experiences and must understand the serious consequences for inappropriate use of social media.

Purpose/Goal: The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to use practice standards and the ANA Code of Ethics to guide their use of social media.


1. Manage social media responsibly.


Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACH, is currently the Administrator of Nursing and Patient Care Services at St Luke’s Boise and Meridian Medical Centers, 3 time ANCC Magnet designees. She assists as an executive leader in the advancement of nursing practice for her organization and across the care continuum, inpatient, clinics, home care and hospice. Her recent publication demonstrates the use of a nursing framework to promote professional nursing practice as well as being a current board member on the ANA board of directors. She was given the Alumnus of the Year award from the University of Arizona College of Nursing for 2011. For 20 years, Nancy Specter, PhD, RN, was a nurse educator in baccalaureate programs, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2002 she came to NCSBN as their director of education and currently is their director of regulatory innovations. Spector has spearheaded the development and research of NCSBN’s transition to practice model. She has worked with various other projects including faculty qualifications, innovations in nursing education, evidence based nursing education, clinical experience requirements in prelicensure programs, sexual misconduct, boundary issues in nursing, appropriate use of social networking, and the future of approval. Additionally, she coordinates NCSBN’s biannual “Leader to Leader” newsletter, which is sent by e-Push to subscribers, and is the editor of the Innovations section in NCSBN’s Journal of Nursing Regulation. Spector has published and presented nationally and internationally on nursing regulation and education issues.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1

Expiration Date: 9/30/2014


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